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Photo: K. Mita

Photo: Lindsie Diebold

Marcus Engstrom


If there's one guy in Twang who literally knows a guitar inside and out, it's the fellow behind the Telecaster, Marcus.


From Bjursås, Sweden, Marcus began studying classical guitar at age 13. When he moved to the U.S. in 2006, he became interested in country western and bluegrass music. Bands like Montana Rose, Little Jane and the Pistol Whips, Honey & Rye and www.Twang had everything to gain from his talents.


About playing alongside him, bandmate Buck Buchanan sums it up, "Marcus is an extremely talented craftsman in music. His attention to detail shines as much in his playing as in the vintage instruments he renovates."


For Marcus, a lifelong interest in lutherie (stringed instrument making) started with small repairs at a music store in Falun, Sweden. From there, his passion grew. He attended a school of lutherie in Norway and earned a journeyman’s degree in guitar building in Markneukirchen, Germany before entering a career building and repairing instruments for Santa Cruz Guitar Company and Martin Guitars (as an authorized Martin Guitar Warranty Center).


Marcus loves to bring beautiful old guitars back to life and give them an opportunity to sing again. He also enjoys sharing the gift of music with friends and family, including his daughter, who plays fiddle.


"Playing in Twang has given me the chance to grow as a musician and play with some of the finest musicians in the area," said Marcus, "as well as forming lifelong friendships."


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