David Gusset was born in San Francisco in 1951. One of the first graduates of the violin making school in Salt Lake City, Gusset went on to work for Frank Passa in San Francisco up until 1979. He has received multiple gold medals at VSA competitions in 1978 and 1980. He was designated hors concours by the VSA in 1983 and thereafter excluded from its competitions. Gusset was the first prize winner at the only AFVBM competition for cello making (1986). He is the recipient of both the Gold Medal for violin making and the Simone Fernando Sacconi Medal at the Cremona Triennale in 1985. He was a judge at the Cremona Triennale in 2000. He is a member of the AFVBM since 1983 and a member of the EILA since 1990. Gusset now lives and works in Eugene, Oregon.