Robert Eis, Jr.

Engineering and ingenuity run deep in the Eis family tree. Robert Eis, Jr.'s fascination with the art of inventing grew from watching his father mold ragtag pieces of scrap metal into wares needed to operate the family farm.

“Back then, folks didn't run to the store every time they needed something,” Eis said. “If my father didn't have a certain tool, he would rummage around the farm until he found the right piece of old, bent up metal and pound it into the shape he needed.”

Eis picked up on this homespun ingenuity early on, scrounging for old wood, nails, crates and bailing wire for use in his inventions. Wandering the aisles of his mother's jewelry store inspired him to shape random pieces of scrap metal into wearable works of art.

“I remember shaping old bailing wire into a necklace when I was six years old,” Eis said. “and I overhauled my first engine at nine.”

Mesmerized by all things mechanical, Eis set-out to earn an engineering degree in college. But in an unlikely move, his focus turned elsewhere and he ultimately graduated with a degree in business management with an emphasis in accounting. He went on to work as an accountant for the next 15 years.

Robert K Eis, Jr. Making JewelryStill, the creative urge continued to tug at his heart and his mother's retirement in 1961 was the perfect opportunity to follow his calling. At the age of 40, Eis began a new career by returning to his roots as owner of the family jewelry store.

Through the next several decades, he perfected his new craft, garnering certifications as a Master Jeweler from the Gemological Institute of America and the American Gemological Society.

Looking back, Eis notes that his transition from accountant to jeweler proved to be a fortuitous decision.

“I went on to spend 18 years as a shop supervisor for a custom jewelry manufacturer in Sedona,” Eis explained. “And that is where I acquired my expertise with the CNC machine.”

Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine tools are automated machine tools that are operated by automated commands. Modern systems rely heavily on computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing programs. This same machine plays a pivotal role in the crafting Eis guitars.

Robert K Eis, Jr SandingSince any particular component might require the use of a number of different tools, drills, saws, etc., Robert often finds himself returning to the skills he learned on the family farm.

“We'll be working on a pattern and realize we don't have the proper drill jig and I have to go over, grab some metal and a band saw to shape the tool we need,” Eis explained.

Today, father and son construct Eis guitars on that same family farm. The synergy between Robert, Jr. and his son, Baub, forges a potent formula of artistic creativity, computer knowledge and mechanical expertise.

“If I would have had to figure out the logic of the computer programs I would have never gotten it done. But if Baub had to try to figure out the CNC program he couldn't have done it,” Eis said. “He teaches me, I teach him and sometimes we learn something new together.”

Robert Eis Cutting Long BoardIndeed, it was Baub who first approached the elder Eis with the idea of building custom guitars. A respected musician, Baub learned to play several instruments while growing up, including piano and organ. But it's his talent as a guitarist that garners the biggest applause and inspired him to create the one-of-a-kind designs.

“With his interest in guitars and computers, along with my mechanical and engineering expertise, we've put together a unique product,” Eis said. “If we can't do it, it can't be done.”

The results are the stunningly, intricate images carved into the wood of Eis Guitars. The same skills and equipment once used to create the intricate patterns of fine jewelry, now breathe life into the wood grain of their custom guitar bodies.

In this case, the beauty is more than wood deep.

The intricate designs and outstanding craftmanship are only part of what makes an Eis guitar special. Robert and Baub Eis aren't just crafting musical instruments, they're building a family legacy.

In the words of Robert Eis, “It's about father and son sharing an adventure and in the process creating something unique.”

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Robert Eis: 928-821-1703
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Baub Eis: 573-216-2223
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