Roger Borys lived in New Jersey from 1953 until 1971. He was introduced to tools and woodworking at a young age. In high school, friends would break guitars and he would fix them. There wasn't a lot of information about guitar building or repair.
In 1971, he moved to Maine working in home construction and in a shipyard. In 1972 he moved to Huntington Center, Vermont. Working in residential construction, working on boats, making furniture and doing guitar repair. His shop was in a horse barn. In 1974, the guitar repair became the primary work and he formed a business. In 1976 the first Borys Guitar was made , a small flat top acoustic. By 1978 he made 11 guitars, flat top, classical, solid body and the first arch top. He took #10 and #11 to meet James D’Aquisto in Farmingdale, N,Y. That began a collaboration that lasted until 1984 when D’Aquisto began a partnership with Fender Guitars. Borys moved the shop to Burlington, Vermont in 1977. In 1996 he relocated to Shelburne, Vermont. In 2008 he moved to Hoboken New Jersey.
The first Borys guitar designed was the BG100 Barry Galbraith Model. It was a 16’ Hollowbody Jazz Electric. The guitar was based on an acoustic 16’ guitar Borys was making, but made as an electric with laminated top and back and built in pickup. Barry was a great player, the first one was made for him and he contributed to the design process. Jim was a great guitar builder and designer. Borys set up a production process, including making laminated top, back and sides and brass tailpieces. The same top and back laminates were used on several D’Aquisto Jazz Electrics. A network was setup with respected players and educators in jazz, including Jimmy Wyble, Billy Bauer, Allen Hanlon and Fred Rundquist.
In 1983 Barry Galbraith passed away. James D’Aquisto was approached by Fender to design a line of guitars, a great opportunity. Borys continued making the BG100, now called the B120 DELUXE. In 1985, new models were introduced, the JAZZ SOLID, the SPECIAL and the CUSTOM, in 1987 the first JAZZ CLASSIC was made for Emily Remler. In 2006 the first JIMMY WYBLE MODEL guitar was made for Jimmy Wyble.
By 1991, Borys Guitars were played by Joe Pass, Jimmy Wyble, Emily Remler, Larry Coryell, Larry Koonse, Pat Kelley. Later players such as Paul Bollenback, Smokey Hormel, Vic Juris and Tony D’Caprio
Currently there are 425 Borys Guitars.