Master of the stringed instrument, William Eaton designs and builds the instruments he uses in his recordings and performances. Expanding the basic guitar, Eaton has added a harp and open bass strings to make a harp guitar and koto harp guitar, extra strings for the 26-string guitar. His o’ele’n strings was inspired by a Victorian-era armoire and has two sets of strings on separate necks with scalloped fretboards resulting in a sound reminiscent of the Indian sitar. Whether alone or with his band, William Eaton continues to bring his unique style, skill, and dedication to instrumental music.
William Eaton has performed and recorded as a soloist, with Native American Flutist R. Carlos Nakai, percussionist Will Clipman, Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog with the Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra, the Nebraska Chamber Orchestra, and with ensembles he has formed, including musicians: Clipman, Claudia Tulip, Allen Ames, Mary Redhouse, Edgar Meyer, Udi Arouh, Arvel Bird, Robert Tree Cody, Rachel Harris, Keith Johnson, Vusi Shibambo, Fitzhugh Jenkins, Zirque Bonner, and the Monks of the Tibetan Drepung Loseling Monastery. As a soloist and with the above artists Eaton has completed ten recordings for the Canyon Records label.