I am rayya peacewalker.
Peacewalker Guitars is formerly Chace Miller Guitars.
If you are curious about the reason for my name change, you can google "name changes in the Bible."
Rayya is a name I chose for myself. Peacewalker is a name that was retrieved from the inner realms and gifted to me by my dear soul friend of many lifetimes, Daniel-San.
My journey with the guitar started at the age of ten, when on a hot summer night I fell in love with the sweet song coming from a steel string at an outdoor restaurant. I knew that I would have to learn to play this instrument. For many years, music and guitar were my refuge.
In 2009 while at university, I picked up a kit guitar from the Martin Factory in Pennsylvania. Since a young age, I had always been a "maker," and was enthralled with the idea of building myself a guitar to play. That first kit guitar had ignited the spark for a lifelong passion, and by the time the project was finished I was determined to learn how to build a better guitar.
My passion for luthiery led me to my first and most influential teacher, classical guitar builder Greg Brandt. I spent five years in Los Angeles as an apprentice in Greg's shop building classical guitars. I am forever grateful to Greg for his generosity of his time, knowledge, and wisdom.
In 2015, I left Los Angeles to go to Oakland, CA, to work with steel string builder Ervin Somogyi. There, I studied and worked as an apprentice in his shop for six months and learned from one of the most talented luthiers I have ever met, Chris Morimoto.
I now live in beautiful Washington state, in the foothills of the mountains between the United Stated and Canada. I build a small number of guitars a year. When I am not building, I am making music or walking with my dog in the woods, and talking to the trees.
I am currently building guitars in collaboration with luthier Gil Carnal. To find out more, click here: