Mendocino Magic--why I moved here.
In 1999, Fritz Brothers Guitars relocated to the village
of Albion in Mendocino County, about as far away from Nashville
TN. as you can get on all fronts, and here's why.
I came here first as a musician and engineer for Shelby Lynn's "I am Shelby
Lynn,"(which won her a Grammy), produced by multi-million selling producer
Bill Bottrell. Instantly I fell in love with everything about this place! Let
me tell you more.
For me it was love at first sight. I knew I would spend
the rest of my life here in this wonderful place where everything
is possible. I know that this sounds like a Disney movie,
but what can I say? It all comes together right here, everyday,
in every way, on the Mendocino coast.
the best instruments
come from contented luthiers
Hopefully this has happened to you: you come to a place for
the first time and notice that all of a sudden you feel
Something in the crisp clean air seeps into your skin and
right on through to the you only you know.
When you come to the Mendo Coast for the first time,
you come to history, romance, adventure and nature’s
finest offerings. You’re already familiar with this
if you've seen "East of Eden," with James Dean,
or "Racing with the Moon", "the Majestic", "the
Russians are Coming," and of course, “Murder She
Wrote." But the personal experience is so much more.
The air here is incredibly clean, flowing in directly off the ocean, filtered
through our North Coast Rainforest of giant redwoods and their supporting cast
of trees, flowers, shrubs and grasses. (Yes it's a true rainforest without the
fear of having your head shrunk.)
They say that beauty is skin deep. Mendo must have some very
thick skin because everywhere you look is a cornucopia
color, grace, and majesty that consistently borders on spectacular.
It's all here: from fireside tales of the first Native
Americans to the conflict between the Spanish and Russians
to the Gold rush of logging, and on in to the 20th century
and the discovery of this wonderland as the country moved
If you and your special someone don't find
it here, it can't be found. Mendo's rugged seaside cliffs,
flowering hills, and charming cottages are reminiscent of
New England and lend themselves to quiet walks on cool beaches,
soft talks by the crackling fires, and tender touches as
the sun dips into the Pacific.
I guess I should mention that Mendo can accommodate just about every budget and
lifestyle. We run the gamut from luxury hotels and four star restaurants to camping
and cooking hot dogs on an open flame.
Here are some places for you to consider:
Albion Campground and Restaurant
Pacific Mist and
Albion River Inn and Restaurant
The Ledford House for dining and music
The Caspar Inn for lodging and music
Don’t forget to touch base with our Chamber
of Commerce for the whole story.
When you come to visit Fritz
Brothers Guitars, it's good
to know that there is so much more in store for you. I hope
you can see for yourself someday why I love Mendo and how
hand crafting your guitar here ensures the finest product
you'll ever play.
Remember, the best instruments come from contented luthiers.
Please call for a tour—we offer them by appointment