Podcast 229: Mark Stutman of Folkway Music

This week, we’re joined by Folkway Music founder Mark Stutman. Over the years, Stutman has earned accolades from guitar collectors around the world as one of the finest repairmen around, especially when it comes to vintage Gibson acoustic guitars from the ’30s and ’40s. But he didn’t start out wanting to fix 70 year old guitars: He originally wanted to build instruments just for left-handed players.

During our podcast, we also discuss what it takes to run an independent guitar store in 2018 (and beyond), the lutherie mentors he’s found along the way, the unique quirks found only in Golden Era-Gibson guitars (and the challenges of repairing them to spec) and some of his favorite instruments that have crossed his bench.

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This episode is brought to you by our friends at Lowden Guitars, RetroFret Vintage Guitars and Lee Valley.