Mike Rantz & Joe Rantz: Music & Guitars

The picture featured here is of my dad, Mike Rantz and his half-brother, Joe Rantz, playing guitars. There are pictures of the Rantz family stuck away in albums which I simply do not recall seeing as a child. This is one of those pictures.

These two half-brothers share a common father, Harry Rantz, Sr. My […]

Mike Rantz & ALCAN Highway

Being born in the Roaring 20’s might have a touch of romance in it, except for the fact that a few years later America would find itself in another World War and this generation gave their all for it.

Robert Rantz (aka Mike Rantz) was born April 9th, 1923. His childhood was a bit challenging, […]

Uke Build: Top Cleating

(Prev: Gluing Top)

Notice the small “cleats” anchoring the front brace to the kerfing? This is an idea I wanted to implement to take note of sound transference. It seemed to work just fine – and I didn’t need to cut into the kerfing to “lock in” the top braces to the sides, which is a […]

Well, well – Eric Clapton agrees!

I’ve said for years that a person plays up to their instrument!

Listen through this interview, Mr. Clapton agrees …

By the way, the black & white photo is a pic of my father on the left, Mike Rantz (real name = Robert Marion Rantz) and my uncle, Joe Rantz, playing guitars together. Picture was taken in […]