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Gary Arnold


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Panhandle of Florida, USA
Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 9:25 am     Reply with quote

Has Fulawka Guitars closed for good since Mr. Ed has passed ?
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Jack Stoner


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Inverness, Fl
Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 11:07 am     Reply with quote

From talking to Ollie Strong, who lives close by and often visited the shop, it sounds like Ed did everything himself. If that's the case its probably the end of Fulawka.
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Nathan Burns


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Alberta, Canada
Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 1:47 pm     Reply with quote

I had contact with Ed before he passed and had a guitar on order. When he was in the hospital I reached a fella named Al who said he was helping Ed in his shop. Al also said in the event of Ed's passing he would continue to build under the name. However, after a few emails and attempts to reach Al over quite a period of time with no success I have had to conclude I think the company is no longer active.
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Wayne Quinn


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Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 5:42 pm     Reply with quote

Nathan , would that have been Al Brisco. he might have been talking about. if i,am not mistaken Al.worked with Ed in his younger years. at the Fulawka shop. you would get Al at Steel Guitars Of Canada. Al builds Carter guitars and is a great steel player.hope this helps.
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Nathan Burns


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Alberta, Canada
Post Posted 8 Aug 2017 6:42 pm     Reply with quote

No, it wasn't Al Brisco from Steel Guitars of Canada. I believe his last name Antos. Nice guy. Just lost touch with him. My thoughts are perhaps the gig is a lot of work without much financial gain unless you can pump them out in more an assembly line fashion and maybe he had a change of heart? Just my guess.
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Erv Niehaus


From:
Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 9 Aug 2017 7:38 am     Reply with quote

Ed's guitars had a lot of hand made parts.
To take on that project wouldn't be for the faint of heart.
Ed looked on his guitars like his children.
I had a Fulawka and wanted some parts to add to it.
I had to talk long and hard to get Ed to send them to me.
He didn't want just anybody fooling around with his kids. Very Happy
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Steve Spitz


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New Orleans, LA, USA
Post Posted 13 Aug 2017 5:29 pm     Reply with quote

Ed was very much a one man show. I think he made nearly every part and did all the finish work himself. Unless he had mentored someone along the way, Id guess its unlikely we will see another New Fulawka.

Maybe when enough time has passed , someone close to the family could ask about any parts the family might like to make available to anyone who owns a Fulawka, and needs something.

The way Ed made everything himself, it would surprise me if he had left a large stock of extra parts. This is all pure speculation, and I hope its not inappropriate on my part.

R.I.P. my friend, thank you for your friendship and all your contributions. Ed was a unique guy, and quite a gifted craftsman.
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