Michael Reilander has been building electric guitars since 1995, and has been commercially producing pickups since 2007.
Growing up, Michael has spent countless hours with his cabinet making Grandfather in his wood shop. They would work on various projects together, teaching Michael the arts of joinery and patience.
With Michael’s prior knowledge of wood, high school woodworking seemed to loose it’s appeal. His teachers, Mr. John Smith and Mr. Mike Kinal, recognized this and challenged him accordingly.
Later on, Michael discovered that Mike Kinal was an accomplished luthier, and that he also offered a guitar building course through the school. Michael took full advantage of this. In 1995, under the direction of Mike Kinal, Michael had built his first solid body electric guitar.
Not happy with out of the box electronics, Michael set out on a never ending quest for tone. He has experimented with hundreds of different tone caps, pots, pickup combinations and active circuits. Michael finally decided to take a crack at making his own pickups, hoping to find the tonal characteristics that have been so elusive to him. Little did he know this obsession for tone would lead to his own line of pickups.
Michael takes great pride in his work. When you buy a Reilander product, you can be assured that every screw, nut, bolt, and solder joint have been checked, re-checked, and checked again. Michael has developed a rigorous testing process for each and every component so that you can be confident that your purchase will last you a lifetime.