Armen Blbulian -=- Armen Bass Armen Guitars
born July 6, 1958 in Yerevan (Armenia).
Like my parents and brother I was educated to be a teacher of French, but as fate willed I had to go my own way.
I fell in love with wood as a child and began painting and making guitars. I built my first instrument at 6. It was a tiny model of guitar.
At 14 I left musical school (classical guitar) and began to play in different amateur and professional groups. Parallel to playing I went on painting. It was difficult to choose between them.
Soon after I realized that guitar making is the very profession which demands versatile skills and special knowledges. As a craftsman I'm self-taught. I've never apprenticed to anyone and consider Leo Fender my extramural teacher, because I've learned much from his guitars by repairing, and copying them. From early childhood I have been a rebel against stiff rules and constraint. Being self-taught I'm free in fantasy and style. In my work I'm guided by my logic, theoretical knowledge and experience.
I take a particular notice of original (custom made) instruments, for they give additional opportunity to think and create. This resulted in Arto Tuncboyaciyan's ''BulAr'', the eagle-head ''Magic Guitar'' and (oud guitar). Handwork in luthery has undoubtedly proved its value as very hard and laborious, but it is the only way to put a particle of your soul into the instrument. This is why the annual amount of my guitars is limited. Basses have always been the main focus of my guitar-making though I build acoustic and 6 str. as well.
I do everything with my own hands: from design, wood selection and wood cutting to mechanics, pickups, electronics, incrustation and varnish. My only help is my elder brother.
The three of my models ''Pete'', ''Aro'' have been named in honor of my parents and brother. I have novelties on guitar mechanics, two copyrights for ''Pete'' and ''Lucie'' models, many new design. Twice I took part in American NAMM shows.
I would be glad to fulfill your wishes and dreams of guitars and stringed instrument.
I express gratitude to my parents lovely LUCIE and PETE from whom I have inherited my musical and drawing skills.
I extend my thanks to all whose assistance has upheld me greatly.
Special thanks to my friend Arto Ter- Matevosyan for his excellent photos.
With major wishes