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Episode Four: Hap Kuffner Parts One & Two
I’ve can’t tell you how lucky I’ve been to have connected with some of the most knowledgeable, interesting, and entertaining people in the music industry. That said, nobody compares to Hap Kuffner.
Hap has been an invaluable resource for many of my projects. It’s not an exaggeration to say that he has been a foundational piece in the creation of the music business since the late 1960s.
Along with his partner, Stanley Jay, they formed one of the first vintage guitar stores, Mandolin Brothers, and were major players in the creation of the vintage guitar marketplace that we take for granted today.
Hap’s story is huge and it’s been tricky to distill it down to just two parts. But those parts fall very nicely into today’s episode that dives into his passions and roots in the vintage guitar world and his work with Stanley Jay.
Part two picks up the story around 1983 when Hap left Mandolin Brothers and continues to this day exploring his work in manufacturing, distribution, sales and helping others bring their passions into the world. Stanley continued running Mandolin Brothers until his passing in 2014.
Haps is a story of passions. First his own (which has never wavered), and then how he’s helped others realize theirs – myself included.
It’s the kind of story that needs to be shared. It’s deep and broad and the well-known parts are only the tip of the iceberg.
Stay tuned at the end of part one for a little sneak peek at what’s to come in episode two.
PART TWO COMING SOON
Hap Kuffner keeping rock and roll alive today.
Hap, English writer Max Kay, and EMG's Rob Turner in the late 80s.
Hap, Ned Steinberger, P. Robert Young, and Stanley Jay: The Steinberger Sound founders.
Stan Jay at Mandolin Bros. (photo: Staten Island Advance/Jan Somma-Hammel)
Hap back in the day.