Aperio means ‘to reveal’ in Latin and was started by Greg Hails (me) and Bette Gilbert (my wife) in 2009 (pics below ). Our goal is to reveal the ultimate tone and sound that your guitar can produce by providing the skills to make it happen. YOU provide the soul and talent!

I have been playing and building guitars and tube amps for over 45 years and built my first electric guitar at 13. I recognized my technical talents for electronics and building early on.

I am a programmer, a CNC programmer operator, 3D designer, a businessman and a guitar player. I have an electronics/programming/engineering career that has spanned 25 years. I wrote software for the IBM touch screens at the ’96 Atlanta Olympics. I designed Video On Demand software and hardware systems and infrared controllers, managed small businesses and provided contract programming. For fun I rebuilt a 36-foot sailboat and all its systems- navigation, electrical, mechanical, engine and hydraulic, and sailed to Mexico and back. After my sailing venture, Bette and I met and started Aperio Guitar.

I am a highly technical person with a love of music. I enjoy playing, but I know that working on guitars should be left to those that have the talent to do it, and that is my strength. Bette is well within the music category. She plays guitar and piano by ear and has a good singing voice.

Since we’ve started Aperio, I have fine tuned what I do and narrowed it down to stainless steel refrets, doing general repairs only if accompanied by a stainless refret.  Stainless is all I work with and I have done well over 200 stainless refrets.  I will work and consult with you personally to make sure you are getting a refret you’ll be happy with.  Our work is professional and our prices very reasonable. Our customers are pros and semi-pros alike, who demand excellent service and know that working on guitars, like playing, requires dedication and expertise.

Greg in the shop. Bette, the smart one, with her 47 year old Epiphone. She makes it all work!