Up until now, most of our #FJFest entries have been from solo builders, luthiers around the world who tend to work by themselves or alongside one or two helpers. Maybe they’ll create just an instrument a month, to be sold at guitar shows or through commissions. Even during a lockdown, it’s easy for many of them to show off their shops, as their living quarters tend to be close by (or even in their homes).
Today, we take a peek at a larger, but still very handmade guitar operation: Sisters, Oregon’s Preston Thompson Guitars. Thanks to social distancing precautions and staggered shifts, the team at Thompson continues to produce guitars. It’s great to get a personalized shop tour of the space during a relatively quiet moment. Joel Chadd shows us the workflow of a guitar and, if you watch through the 10-minute mark, you’ll get a glimpse at one of the wildest looking acoustics we’ve seen: a quilted Maple “Koi Pond” Masterpiece Series guitar with painted fish adorning the back.
#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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