Within a year of buying his first guitar at age nineteen, Joe wasn’t just rocking out, he was repairing and hot-rodding guitars for fellow musicians. After earning a degree in Industrial Design from Western Michigan University, he studied at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, where he learned the finer points of guitar building and pickup winding under the guidance of master luthiers. Joe continued to build on that experience and bolster his reputation, from his early days running Joe’s Guitar Exchange & Repair to his founding of Naylor Amplifiers and the launching of Reverend Guitars in 1996.
The Railhammer design was inspired by Joe’s personal tone quest, which ultimately led to the innovation of rails under the wound strings for tight clear lows and poles under the plain strings for fat singing highs. From concept to development, Joe’s objective was to create the best sounding and most sonically balanced pickups on the planet. Through a lot of hard work, costly tooling, and tireless testing, he managed to realize his vision.
Railhammer officially launched in January 2012. In a very short time, Railhammer pickups have gained more than just recognition, they’ve gained a following of discerning players who believe in taking their tone to the next level. They’ve also amassed an impressive roster of touring artists, a true testament to the game-changing Railhammer design.