Sangho's family immigrated from South Korea to Wilmington, Delaware, when he was a toddler. His mother was a voice major and choir teacher, and his father was a businessman by day, artist/inventor by night. So in addition to the expected focus on academics, Sangho and his sister were both exposed to music and the visual arts. He studied trumpet beginning in grade school, played in the Delaware High School All-State Concert and Jazz bands, and performed with the University of Pennsylvania's jazz ensemble during his college years. While in high school, he also started singing in musicals and continued singing in college where he eventually became the music director of Counterparts, Penn's jazz acappella singing group. Taking after his father who was always sketching ideas, Sangho also studied art throughout high school, twice winning state-level awards.
After graduating from Penn with business and engineering degrees, he dove into his professional career as a technology consultant in Philadelphia and New York. He married his high school sweetheart, and then life - and her graduate school - took them to Davis, a small college town located an hour east of the San Francisco Bay Area, in northern California.
While living in California, Sangho was still immersed in the high tech corporate world, working for software, financial services, renewable energy, and education companies. But the creative "DIY" culture in Davis, as well as the birth of his two children, rekindled his interest in music and art. Family vacations in Hawaii introduced him to the ukulele, and practicing the uke improved his guitar playing to boot (he'd been casually strumming a guitar since college, but now formed a deeper appreciation for stringed instruments).
Through a mutual friend, he met master luthier Harrison Phipps. One instrument led to another, then another, and the immersive experience reminded Sangho of the vital role that music and art had played during his childhood. Viacali Guitars was launched and the journey unfolds every day.