Luthier Schools, Clinics & Workshops

What started out as a search to have a seven string archtop built for myself, ended up as a web site and a collection of over 240 luthiers that can build you an archtop guitar.

Luthier Schools and Classes

American Archtop
Dale Unger
14 South Broad Street
Nazareth, PA 18064
(570) 856 1324

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(From Dales's bio)

I was born September 16, 1954, raised in Nazareth, PA, home of Martin Guitar. In my teens I became inspired by meeting some of the world's finest guitar builders. This led me to play guitar and become a builder. Visiting the shop of one of Martin's craftsmen encouraged me to buy one of his guitars. I was overwhelmed by the craftsmanship and ease of playing. At that point I knew I wanted to build an instrument of that quality. I started building acoustic guitars in 1977 in collaboration with friend Dick Boak.

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American School of Lutherie

American School of Lutherie

2745 SW Scenic Drive
Portland, OR  97225
USA
(503) 292-2385  

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from the American School of Lutherie web site

Contemporary Guitar Making and Hands-On Guitar Making - offering expert lecture/demonstration and hands-on lutherie training for students at all levels. Husband and wife Charles Fox and Denise Richards are business and creative partners both ASL and Charles Fox Guitars.  

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Atlanta Guitar Works

Atlanta Guitar Works

Custom Guitars and Repairs
1025 Killian Hill Road
Lilburn, Georgia 30047
USA
Phone: 770-564-3430

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from the Atlanta Guitar Works web site

Nestled in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains, Atlanta Guitar Works offers exceptional guitar building and repair instruction. Housing is included with program fee for an intensive guitar repair and building experience. The 6 week session is designed to prepare each student for a career in the Guitar Repair and Building Industry. All of our Instructors are professional guitar builders and repairmen. Whether your goal is to build your dream guitar or become a Professional Luthier, we can show you how. Your success is our business.

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Benedetto Guitars

Benedetto Guitars

Benedetto Guitars, Inc.*
***10 Mall Terrace, Suite A
Savannah, 
GA** 31406
USA
phone: 912.692.1400
fax: 912.692.1403

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from the Benedetto Guitars web site

Robert Benedetto is widely acknowledged as today’s foremost maker of archtop guitars. Over a prolific four-decade career, he has personally handcrafted nearly 800 instruments, including 500 archtops. “My roots are in jazz guitar. It’s been my love and my focus since Day One.” The world’s foremost jazz guitar maker teams up with the world’s foremost pickup maker. The result is the highest quality, no-compromise range of signature jazz guitar pickups available anywhere. All Benedetto pickups are handmade in Seymour Duncan’s Santa Barbara, California workshop.

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William Cumpiano

William Cumpiano

PO Box 854
Easthampton, MA 01027
USA
Phone: studio (pm’s) 413-586-3730

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from the William Cumpiano web site

I’ve been making fretted stringed instruments by hand, of unexcelled quality, for almost three decades. Please select among the links below to find out more about my career, my work, and how to obtain a Wm. R. Cumpiano guitar. After graduating in the late 60’s from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Industrial Design, William apprenticed in New York City and New Hampshire with Michael Gurian and Michael Millard. He opened his first solo guitarmaking and repair studio in 1974. Since then, he has personally made over two hundred instruments for amateur and professional musicians in the United States and the Caribbean. Among his customers: Arlo Guthrie, Michael Lorimer, John Abercrombie, Country Joe MacDonald, the Todd Rundgren band, June Millington, and Joel Zoss.

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EVD String Instruments

EVD String Instruments

Edward V. Dick
1896 S. Pearl St.
Denver, CO 80210
USA
303 777 7411 Colorado School of Lutherie
Classes are limited to 6 students and are held at:
**The Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor
**7515 Grandview Ave.
Arvada, Colorado

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from the EVD String Instruments web site

Edward V. Dick has been building and repairing stringed instruments since 1975. To date, he has built 300 instruments and repaired over 25,000. Though largely self taught, he spent a year of studying with historical instrument builder Robert Meadow in New York and Japanese tea house builder, Makoto Imoi.

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Galloup Schoolof Lutherie

Galloup Schoolof Lutherie

10840 Northland Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
USA
Phone: 616-796-5611
Toll Free: 800-278-0089

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from the Galloup Schoolof Lutherie web site

Short & long term instruction - classical, steel string, electric, and archtop guitar construction. Stringed instrument repair and restoration is the foundation of our business. The Guitar Hospital was founded in 1967 by Dan Erlewine who later went on as Research and Development consultant for Stewart-MacDonald and the repair columnist for Guitar Player Magazine. Bryan Galloup who apprenticed and worked with Dan in the early 80s took the business over and continued to teach repair and restoration.

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Guild of American Lutherie

Guild of American Lutherie

8222 S. Park Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98408-5226
USA
phone/fax: (253) 472-7853

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from the Guild of American Lutherie web site

The Guild of American Luthiers is a nonprofit educational membership organization whose purpose is to facilitate learning about lutherie: the art, craft, and science of stringed musical instrument construction and repair. Since 1972, we’ve been the foremost source of information for makers, repairers, and restorers of all kinds of string instruments. Guild membership and publications are open to all. Whether you’ve been making instruments for years, or have just acquired the lutherie bug; whether you live in Brooklyn or Bangladesh; whether lutherie is your livelihood or your passion or both; we invite you to join the Guild and learn more about the many ways you can benefit from and contribute to our information sharing system!

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Gypsys Music Store

Gypsys Music Store

7122 C East 5th Avenue
Scotsdale, AZ 85251
USA
(480) 429-7711

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from the Gypsys Music Store web site

Instrument Building and Repair Courses by Walt Kuhlman.

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Hana Lima `Ia

Hana Lima `Ia

718 Puuhale Rd.
Honolulu, HI 96819
USA
(413) 582-0034

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from the Hana Lima `Ia web site

We are a school for the teaching of Ukulele making to those who have both the interest and desire to build handmade ‘ukuleles.

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Thomas Knatt, The Luthier’s Workshop School of Lutherie

Thomas Knatt, The Luthier’s Workshop School of Lutherie

The Luthier’s Workshop School of Lutherie
83 Riverside Av.
Phone: 978 287-0464 MA 01742
USA
Toll Free: 1-877-LUTHIER 1-877-588-4437

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from the Thomas Knatt, The Luthier’s Workshop School of Lutherie web site

As an instructor and luthier, Thomas Knatt teachs instrument building and sell instruments that I make. Please head over to La Gitana if you are interested in buying, and Luthier’s Workshop if you are interested in classes.

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Leeds Guitarmakers’ School

Leeds Guitarmakers’ School

8 Easthampton Road
Northampton, MA 01060
USA
(413) 582-0034

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from the Leeds Guitarmakers’ School web site

I am offering a limited number of tutorials each year in my shop. Until recently, the Leeds Guitarmakers’ School offered classes for up to six people at a time, but because I am no longer in the space I was then, I am offering only one-on-one instruction for the foreseeable future. Take a look at the leedsguitar.com site.

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Jay Lichty

Jay Lichty

PO Box 1062
Tryon, NC 28782
USA

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Handcrafted ukuleles and guitars built by NC luthier, Jay Lichty. Jay crafts with both domestic and exotic woods including Sycamore, Beech, Walnut, Brazilian Rosewood, Bubinga, and many others. Though he occasionally has ukuleles in stock, most instruments are custom-built and designed to meet the specific wants and needs of each client. Lichty Ukuleles are designed to look as stunning as they sound. Here is what one thrilled customer had to say: “Having an instrument you love to hold, to look at, to feel and to play inspires great music and extreme fun. My custom ukulele is a dream on all fronts.” K. Gillespie.

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Luthiers School International

Luthiers School International

205 Knoll Haven Dr.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
USA
hfguitars@gmail.com  707-823-3537

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from the Luthiers School International web site

Hands-On Acoustic Guitar-Building is our most popular class. Students have come from as far away as China, Australia, Spain, and Dominican Republic to study guitar-making and build their own first instruments under the tutelage of luthier Harry Fleishman.

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Midwest Guitar Repair and Building School

Midwest Guitar Repair and Building School

731 Dale
Webster Groves, MO 63119
USA
Toll Free 1-877-453-8119
In St. Louis 314-962-8822

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from the Midwest Guitar Repair and Building School web site

Midwest Guitar Repair and Building School offers a full array of stringed instrument repair, servicing, and customizing as well as handmade acoustic and electric stringed instruments for sale. These instruments are crafted in-house on Cherokee Street using the the finest tone woods available.

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Nazareth Guitar Institute

Nazareth Guitar Institute

14 South Broad St.
Nazareth, Pennsylvania 18064
USA
(570)856-1324

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from the Nazareth Guitar Institute web site

Build Your Own Archtop Guitar

These workshops are presently held several times a year. All workshops are held in Nazareth, Pennsylvania at the Nazareth Guitar Institute. Class schedule is listed to the right. This class is taught in a small group setting, usually four students. This is also a seven-day workshop for the completion of an Archtop guitar from start to finish. All wood, materials, and parts are included. Only a six-string Archtop guitar with a 17in X 3in body will be offered.

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Phoenix Guitar Co

Phoenix Guitar Co

George Leach
7302 E. Helm Dr.  #2005
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
USA
Phone: (480) 664-6315

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from the Phoenix Guitar Co web site

George Leach started working on guitars in 1988, and first went into business under the name of “GSL Guitars.” In 1994, he changed the name to the Phoenix Guitar Company, and decided to open a store in Phoenix . The store specialized in building custom instruments and repairs, and quickly became well known as a great place to either get an instrument built, or get one repaired. George decided to shut down the store in early 1996, as he really wanted to build guitars, not be a store manager, but has kept building guitars, and occasionally doing repairs or restorations.

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Ribbecke Guitars

Ribbecke Guitars

PO Box 1581
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
USA
707 433 3778

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from the Ribbecke Guitars web site

Since 1974 Tom Ribbecke has been building and repairing guitars and basses in the San Francisco bay area. He has built a reputation for creating instruments that perfectly suit his clients needs. Tom hopes to give a part of himself to every instrument he builds.

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Roberto Venn School Of Lutherie

Roberto Venn School Of Lutherie
1012 NW Grand Ave Phoenix, **Arizona** 85007 USA
Phone:(602) 243-1179

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from the Roberto Venn School Of Lutherie web site

The Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery was founded in 1975, and is the longest running guitar making school in North America. Students have traveled from every continent except Antarctica to attend. Over 2000 graduates of the school have branched into employment and entrepreneurial startups in guitar making, guitar repair, road tech work, and many other lutherie related occupations.

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Rock N Roll Guitar Building School

Rock N Roll Guitar Building School

Custom Guitar Building School
P.O.Box 1976
Martinez, CA 94553
Phone: 925-812-2589
eMail: rocknrollgtrbldr@aol.com

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from the Rock N Roll Guitar Building School web site

Build your own custom electric guitar or bass in 2 weeks at the Rock and Roll Guitar Building School with Robert Lee, Luthier to such folks as David Crosby, Emmylou Harris, Pete Townshend, Count Basie Band, Tonight Show Band, Eric Clapton Band, Peter Gabriel Band, and others!

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Schramm Guitars

Schramm Guitars

David Schramm
Clovis, California
USA
Tel: (559) 325-8057

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from the Schramm Guitars web site

David Schramm is the son of a college business professor and an artist. At an early age he began musical studies of the violin, piano, trumpet, trombone, and baritone horn. Growing up he built his own toys out of wood and had a fascination with wood carving.

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Sergeide Jonge Lutherie

Sergeide Jonge Lutherie

56 Ramsay Rd.
Chelsea, Quebec
Canada, J9B 2J1
819-827-4911

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from the Sergeide Jonge Lutherie web site

(Ed.) I read a great article on the Hana Lima ‘Ia web site titled “A Luthiers Diary” about the Kasha/Schneider bracing system that detailed a month long class with Sergei de Jonge and his bracing system.  

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Ervin Somogyi

Ervin Somogyi

5l6 52nd. Street
Oakland, California 94609
USA Tel: 510/652-5123
Fax: 510/653-7097
Email: esomogyi@aol.com

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from the Ervin Somogyi web site

I was born in Budapest in l944 and am American by naturalization. My family and I arrived in this country when I was fifteen. Besides Hungary and the U.S. I have lived in Austria, England, Cuba, Mexico, Peru and Spain.

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Specimen Products

Specimen Products

1240 N. Homan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60651
USA
Phone: 773.489.4830

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from the Specimen Products web site

Ian Schneller began using Specimen Products as a name for his sculptures in 1981 while an undergraduate at the Memphis Academy of Art. It was the anonymity of the words “Specimen” and “Products” that appealed to him. It also seemed a funny little ruse — pretending to be a company instead of himself.

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TT Ukuleles

TT Ukuleles

Shipman Business Park
16-185 Kalara St. Unit D
Keaau, Hawaii 96749
PH: 808 - 933 - 8537
Toll Free: 866 - 933 - UKES (8537)

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Timeless Instruments

Timeless Instruments

David Freeman, Luthier
P.O. Box 51
Tugaske, Saskatchewan, Canada S0H 4B0
Tel: 1-888-TUGASKE (1-888-884-2753)
Fax: (306) 759-2729

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from the Timeless Instruments web site

Timeless Instruments was started in 1980 by David Freeman. He has repaired instruments since 1974 and began designing & building his own in 1980. The Guitar Construction Training started in 1986. The Luthier Supplies began in 1987.

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Totnes School

Totnes School

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Vermont Instruments School of Lutherie

Vermont Instruments School of Lutherie

George Morris, Luthier
P.O. Box 115
Post Mills, VT 05058
USA
(802) 727 4311

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from the Vermont Instruments School of Lutherie web site

Vermont Instruments is a teaching lutherie begun in 1983 offering private and small group tutorials by appointment. Students design and build their own instruments from raw materials. Acoustic and structural design, jig-making, inlay and repair are woven into a personalized course of study to accommodate each person’s interest, skill level, and experience. Courses are designed to minimize the need for expensive equipment and specialized jiggery. It is expected that a student can continue their own creative work using small-scale power tools and common hand tools.

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Luthier DVDs

KP Ukuleles

KP Ukuleles

Custom Ukuleles and Repair
Luthier: Ken Potts
Lahaina, Maui **Hawaii
**USA
Ken Potts - Luthier
808-344-0268

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from the KP Ukuleles web site

Ken Potts has a DVD available “Building the Hawaiian Ukulele...

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John Mayes Guitars

John Mayes Guitars

3111 NE 96th Ave.
Norman, OK, 73026
USA
Phone: 405-579-9629

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from the John Mayes Guitars web site

John Mayes started his lutherie career in 1996 when he built his first instrument, a walnut/cedar parlor guitar. In 2000 he accepted a position, working under the guidance of luthier Dana Bourgeois at Pantheon Guitars in Lewiston, Maine. While in Maine, John had a hand in building hundreds of guitars, refining his skills along the way. Some time later, John moved back to his home state of Oklahoma to start his own lutherie, Mayes Guitars.

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Mya-Moe Ukuleles

Mya-Moe Ukuleles

18 Forbes Road
White Salmon, Washington 98672
USA
Phone: 541-490-8522

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from the Mya-Moe Ukuleles web site

Gordon **& Char Mayer** and Aaron Keim are the luthiers who build all Mya-Moe Ukuleles. They have combined expertise in design, engineering, music, and lutherie. They both have masters degrees in engineering. Gordon has been building guitars for 7 years. Char is a professional musician. Before building guitars, Gordon was a wood-turning artist, giving him extended knowledge of different woods & their properties.

Char’s artistic bent was expressed in hand-pieced Roman shades. Together, they hand-craft each instrument, a culmination of their combined educations & experiences in engineering, art & music.

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Additional Luthier Web Resources

  • Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans -

    During the summer of 1988, a small group of stringed instrument makers and repair technicians met with the intent of establishing a not-for-profit professional trade organization. Most simply, we preferred to be an "association," deciding to focus specifically on "stringed instruments," and we felt that the word "artisans" best described our mutual activities. Hence, the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (with the accidental yet recognizable acronym of "ASIA") was born. Michael Dresdner was chosen to launch the concept of ASIA, with the initial goal of facilitating through consensus a mission statement and set of bylaws that would provide a framework of integrity for our future evolution.

    With Michael Dresdner’s task complete, a Board of Directors was elected and Dick Boak, assuming the voluntary post of editor and executive director, began the task of developing a publication and operating procedure. The ASIA journal began as a very informal 4-page newsletter and grew over the course of several years into the substantial and respected magazine Guitarmaker.

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