#FJFest: N.J. Rivers

The Artisan Guitar Show is another festival that’s rescheduled in response to Coronavirus pandemic; the show now hopes to be able to go on August 21-23, if possible. Noah Rivers of N.J. Rivers Handmade Guitars, in Ossipee, New Hampshire, has been working on instruments to bring to Artisan, and he’s sharing his work with us here. Noah got his start working as an apprentice to Tom Thiel, of Thiel Audio, and his guitars were designed in collaboration with Tom — Tom’s shapes and Noah’s bracing patterns. Noah’s builds are notable for their use of premium tonewoods and thoughtful touches like individual bridge saddles, highly detailed rosettes and the incorporation of sound bevels.

“Polly,” a Nexus 35c in tulip magnolia/katalox.

Noah also shared this video of Jordan Lindley playing one of his instruments, a Nexus 35 model named “Lumina” (Rivers names each instrument), built with Pommele sapele back and sides and a Red spruce soundboard. Be sure to check out the Vault on Noah’s website for available instruments, and don’t forget about his Instagram, where he’s been posting photos of his first ever mandolin, in progress.

#FJFest is the Fretboard Journal‘s way of staying connected during these difficult times: Expect to see never-before-seen shop tours from guitarmakers, unique music performances and a ton of beautiful instruments on a daily basis throughout March 2020 and beyond.

See our ever-growing #FJFest posts here.

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