“But,” I think, “How will I ever go back? Back to playing a guitar whose neck I didn’t hand carve for my own fretting hand?”

I’m midway through day five... Continue Reading

03/12/2015 - 3:45pm

I take a deep breath, plunge the router bit into the wood, flip the lever to hold it at the proper depth, and carefully and slowly rout the string slots into the headstock.... Continue Reading

03/11/2015 - 4:23pm

I’ll admit to a few aches and pains due to standing over a luthier’s bench for 10 hours each day, but I’ve got what for a guy my age passes for a spring in his step when I head... Continue Reading

03/10/2015 - 3:59pm

“OK,” says Jay Lichty, “let’s see if we can get this box closed up today.”

Thus starts an extraordinary Day Two of my... Continue Reading

03/09/2015 - 4:43pm

While the majority of the iconic Gibson flat top acoustic guitars are short (24.9") scale (as opposed to the “Martin standard” scale length of 25.4"), several of the... Continue Reading

03/09/2015 - 3:30pm

“Well,” says Jay Lichty, “want the shop tour now or after dinner?” Though I’ve been traveling all day and am famished, the... Continue Reading

03/08/2015 - 4:14pm

“Well, do you think that I can at least produce something that vaguely resembles a guitar?”

“Oh, that’s a guarantee.”

Thus begins my journey into the... Continue Reading

02/28/2015 - 8:40am

With a family history that goes back to instruments built in the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century, Epiphone made some of the finest guitars, banjos and mandolins of the early to mid 20th century... Continue Reading

02/26/2015 - 10:11am

When Gibson introduced the semi-solid ES-335 in 1958, the intention was to build an instrument that would appeal to tradition-minded players for whom a Les Paul Model was simply too radical of a... Continue Reading

02/19/2015 - 8:18pm

Northern California-based luthier Steve Klein made a name for himself back in the late 1970s when star clients such as Joni Mitchell, Joe Walsh, Steven Stills and J. D. Souther sang the praises of... Continue Reading

02/18/2015 - 10:00am