Stokes is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley in Design and History of Art. His
skills include glass blowing and metal working, as well as woodworking
and cabinetry. Repairing guitars began in the mid sixties as a hobby,
and training continued under Larry Jameson of Guitar Resurrection
& Repair in Berkeley, California (later of Austin, Texas.)
professional work began in 1973 with the late Ed Murray of E.U. Co.
Fretts, and professional training has included work in the Gibson and
been an authorized C. F. Martin, Gibson & Fender repairman
clients include; Mick Jagger, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Chris
Hillman, The Cars, The J. Geils Band, Matt 'Guitar' Murphy, Chris
Smither, Leon Redbone, The Clash, Boston, Liv, James & Kate
Taylor, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, The Heretix, Reeves Gabrels of Tin
Machine, Indigo Girls, and many many more.