Professional Biography

John "Wild Dutch" Boehnlein

John "Wild Dutch" Boehnlein is an internationally recognized guitar technology consultant, author, and inventor. He has over 16 years of hands-on experience with guitars, basses, amplifiers, rack systems, outboard equipment, speakers, and accessories of every type.

From beginning students to touring and recording professionals, John regularly consults to players of all styles in all matters regarding guitar technology. His detailed procedures and innovative techniques have allowed his clients to reach equipment performance and reliability levels most players and technicians deem unattainable without costly modifications.

He is the owner of Wild Dutch's Guitar Hospital in Independence, Ohio. John restores and repairs guitars and basses of every nature for every type and style of player. Because of his flawless work, vast knowledge, superior customer service and quick turn around time, his work is greatly in demand. John is author of the High Performance Marshall Handbook, a 62-page industry standard, technical reference manual that details Marshall Standard and Master Volume vacuum tube amplifiers. The book is published and distributed worldwide by The Bold Strummer Ltd., in Westport Connecticut.

John also has authored Basic Guitar Adjustments and Setups. This book provides a simple, non-technical approach to basic guitar maintenance procedures through clear, concise language and detailed photography. The Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, publishes the book internationally in several different languages

In 1999, John was awarded a United States patent and trademark for The Flying Dutchman(TM) the world's first two sided tremolo bar. Retail sales will begin internationally in January, 2000.

He is a graduate of Old Trail School, in Bath Ohio, Saint Ignatius High School and Cleveland State University in Cleveland Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with minors in music, and communications. He also is a graduate of the Musician's Institute Prelude Program and has been a visiting faculty instructor at the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, California. His varied education background includes studies and work in acoustical physics, guitar equipment research and development, enclosure and speaker design, solid state and vacuum tube circuits, music theory and history, ear training, multi-track recording, concert stage production, technical theater, teaching, and guitar technology. He has studied technical theater under Maris Rence, MFA at Cleveland State University and production, design, and lighting under Dr. Robert Stegmiller of Electra Stage Systems, Inc. in Cleveland. He has been advised and instructed by well-known Master Luthier, Kurt Wright of Wright Guitars, and nationally recognized amplifier designer and technician, Dane Beamish of Beamish Electronics, both of Cleveland, Ohio. John also has been instructed in guitar repair by Jay Carney, Guitar Institute of Technology graduate.