Hamilton Steel Guitars began in 2008, when the first body and neck were made. As a second generation fabricator, I began my journey in metal fabrication at the age of 14. My father, Curt Hamilton, an award winning hot rod builder, machinist and fabricator, allowed me to tinker in his workshop. Being around hot rods, motorcycles, and drag racing since I was born, becoming a metal fabricator was a natural progression. Before the advent of the internet, and subsequent reality tv shows glorifying the likes of Jesse James etc. I had been knee deep in the trade for a long while. Bitten by the off road racing bug and specifically the burgeoning Score Racing Trophy Truck class, I began my love affair for high end race vehicles, and the idea of an unbreakable and bulletproof chassis capable of extreme output and longevity. Trophy Trucks gave way to motorcycles. Music was a huge part of my life at the time, and allowed me to express myself in ways previously unimagined. Punk Rock was my way to belong to a group that shared exclusive ideals. It was fiercely anti-authoritarian, driven by speed, a power and a rawness that I felt perfectly encompassed my ideals. These specific influences in my life pushed me towards a goal of building a musical instrument that could be used as a weapon of destruction. A tool of utmost power and longevity that would outwork and outlast the established norm. I am fortunate enough to have built numerous instruments that express that emotion. The end user is what dictates the final outcome of these core ethos. I believe that exclusivity is more important than mass appeal, so with that I set about building guitars, not for the common man or woman, but for the warrior inside us all. The warrior spirit that shuns the accepted norm. The spirit of risk, and the uncertain reward when forging your own path. Guitars for the unwanted, unaccepted, and invisible musicians. My goal was and still is, to build forever instruments for forever musicians. "IF YOU USED TO BE PUNK, YOU NEVER WERE"