About Us

PROTO Guitars, pickups, pedals and parts are designed and built in Nashville, Tennessee by Howard Ulyate and Matt Chait. We joined forces to combine our nearly four decades of playing, repairing, tweaking, designing, recording, buying, selling and perfecting every aspect of the electric guitar and bass to churn out high quality parts and pickups that we would be proud to call our own. Along the way we’ve met and worked with other passionate builders and thinkers to add new products to the PROTO line and hope to continue expanding our offerings as we grow. 

The name “PROTO” is inspired by the prototype instruments found in garages and luthier shops around the world. Every builder and repairman has their own proto… the franken-guitar, the half-built hare-brained experiment leaning in corner of the shop. The raw, unfinished, BS-free dream of what they wish existed but had to build for themselves. And, of course, the proto is never for sale. Now it is!

The goal of our PROTO pickups is to channel the no-holds-barred attitude and experimental spirit that only an endless tinkerer can imbue in to their pet projects. Your crazy pickup dream is our new obsession. We don’t bother trying to make perfect copies of PAFs or traditional Fender pickups – there are enough of those out there already, some really great. We’ll happily rewind your vintage stuff and keep things simple and clean, but we also don’t mind getting our hands dirty.