Nice of you to drop by. So shall I tell you a bit about myself? I was born in Sint-Niklaas (BE) on September 29th 1961, and my name is Marc Terreur. Some call me Marcus – feel free to use either.
I must have been 10 or so, when my older brother helped me master my first chords on steel-string. In my secondary school band I picked up the 4-string bass, which has remained my favorite instrument up until today.
Since my mid-teens I’ve been customizing my own instruments: for instance, I added a pickup to my black maple-neck Precision, and I yanked the frets out of the cheapest bass I could get my hands on. There wasn’t much information around in those days, so a lot of what I did was simply trial-and-error. I learned a lot that way.
In 1992, by pure coincidence, I discovered that a School of Lutherie had been founded, only a 45 minute drive away from my home. I took classes there from 1992 to 1996, and I’ve been building custom electric guitars and basses ever since (feel free to browse the photo section).
My business, Marcus Guitars & Basses, was founded in 1995. In those starting years (to make ends meet) I worked for 4 different stores. I stopped doing that a long time ago, but the biggest music store in Belgium still sends its customers to me, whenever their guitars need some serious repair.
Through the years I appear to have built a considerable clientele, without ever having to advertise. Positive press reviews may have helped that a little, but their effect is rather small and short-lived. They make nice reading, though.
But in the end, the work should (and does) speak for itself. Marcus Guitars & Basses totally relies on experience and expertise. I take pride in working meticulously, and giving my clients—of whom I consider many as friends— the explanation and insight they deserve. That’s the basis. And apparently you guys spread the word. Thanks for that!
In 2015, 20 years after the beginning, I felt it was time for something new. I started a blog at www.understandingguitars.com, providing players like you with technical guitar knowledge and some surprising insights. Six years later, the blog has become a book.
(You may buy the paperback here. The e-book version is available for download at any of these stores.)
But of course, my core business will always remain your setups, repairs, and other often challenging assignments. I’m still doing those with the same enthusiasm as back then, in 1995! So I’m looking forward to seeing you, here in my workshop in Sint-Niklaas.