~ Pheo Guitars ~
Destroy All Guitars is uniquely proud to be representing Pheo. Pheo rounds out, yet simultaneously dissects the DAG collective in a way that no one else could. Are you an adventurous type? Can you appreciate deconstructionism, cubism, impressionism? Do you love the idea that your favorite guitar could simultaneously inspire deep humor and gentle insight, along with sounding awesome AND presenting uncanny functionality? Then browse along, you've found a world unique unto itself and filled with the unexpected, the oblique and the yet to be.
Destroy All Guitars represents all of the currently available Pheo Guitars. We will place them in the new arrivals section of our site frequently, but you should always feel free to call or write us for the run-down of what is currently available.
Phil Sylvester Bio
Phil Sylvester attended Berklee College of Music, completed studies at the Hayes - Marshall School of Theater, and earned a BA in mathematics at Reed College and a Master of Architecture degree from Princeton University . Phil left architecture to become a full time visual artist in 1981 and has since then exhibited paintings, drawings, and sculpture in various galleries and cities in the US . Guitars became his principal art form in 1996. Since then, his instruments and amplifiers have been exhibited in Portland, Seattle, New Orleans, and Vancouver, B.C. and have appeared in Vintage Guitar magazine and Guitar World magazine. The instruments are being used in performance by a number of US bands. Sylvester founded his own art school, The Drawing Studio, in 1991.
"My last twenty five years have been spent as a fine art painter, drawer, and sculptor. What I have learned from 20th Century master artists, Giacometti, Cezanne, Matisse, Johns, and others, is an economy of technique, doing what is necessary to get the job done, nothing more, nothing less. The work of these great artists is about expression above all, and all gratuitous craft is rigorously paired away. Most fine guitar making is obsessive about craft perfection. Mine is not. I strive to build instruments that sound exceptional, play beautifully, and are extremely interesting to look at. The instruments aren't gratuitously tidy or perfectionistic or consistent. I tear them apart and rebuild them until I find them exciting. Perfect guitars are great, but there are plenty of those. I'm searching for something more raw, more direct." - Phil Sylvester