Founded by Ted Newman Jones, the legendary long-time guitar tech for Keith Richards, Newman Guitars was established in Austin, TX in 1978. Ted Newman began building guitars for Keith Richards in 1971. With Keith, Ted co-designed the first five string open “G” guitar during the 1972 Rolling Stones U.S. Tour for Exile on Main Street. During his tenure with Richards, Newman developed the distinctive balanced body style and unique Asymmetrical “V” neck carve that allow Newman Guitars to stand out from the crowd.