Luthier on Luthier: Tim Frick

From a young age, Tim Frick knew that he wanted to make instruments. As a teenager, he began building basses for himself. He’d eventually study with famed archtop guitarmaker Tom Ribbecke, work at Gary Brawer’s repair shop in San Francisco, and then spend years alongside lutherie legend Frank Ford at Gryphon Guitars in Palo Alto, California.

These days, Frick is based in Portland, Oregon, where he repairs guitars and builds his own archtop guitar creations. For episode 75 of the podcast, Tim tells us about his journey, why he uses mostly hand tools, and his thoughts on voicing archtops. We also talk Japanese hand tools and much more.



Luthier on Luthier is hosted by Michael Bashkin of Bashkin Guitars and brought to you by the Fretboard Journal. This episode is sponsored by Acoustic Coffee Company (check out their new Gruhn Guitars blend), Stringjoy Strings, and Dream Guitars.

Tim Frick Guitars. Photo: Isaac Jang