Bob Willcutt has always had an interest and respect for all types of art, especially photography. In the 1960s, he was the photo editor for his high school newspaper (Woodrow Wilson High in Washington, DC), and learned to shoot with film as well as mastering darkroom development techniques. Living in the nation’s capital exposed him to the best art museums and a level of expected expertise in all endeavors.
He came to Kentucky in 1966 to attend the University of Kentucky, and although he still did some photography, his time was spent on scholastic and musical pursuits. When he started his own business in 1968 and expanded to a full store in 1979, naming it Willcutt Guitars, he was always attracted to the art aspect of guitars. When he began his website, WillcuttGuitars.com, in 1998, he was finally able to use his photographic background to provide excellent representations of the world’s finest instruments. This taught him the techniques and the proper selection and uses of the equipment needed to produce quality images on a daily basis.
His book, Feathers of Fayette: Wild Birds of Lexington, Kentucky, was published in 2018. His second book, Henry Clay’s Ashland: A Pictorial Tribute to one of America’s Greatest Statemen and his Lexington, Kentucky Estate, was published in 2019.