Podcast 385: TJ Thompson at the Chicago Fretboard Summit

Our Chicago Fretboard Summit was filled with highlights. Among them was TJ Thompson’s return to the stage for another mind-blowing talk about following your heart, vintage guitar restoration, and so much more.

During this 90-minute session, the acclaimed pre-war Martin guitar expert offered a bit of everything: Sage advice for new instrument makers; insights on how to protect the value of your acoustic guitars; life hacks that we can all learn from; and even a little beer koozie philosophy lesson. Toward the end of his session, TJ had some quick tips for fellow luthiers. A few benefited from a visual reference so we posted the video excerpts on our YouTube channel:

It’s an unfiltered and candid talk from one of the guitar world’s best.

For his talk, Thompson invited friends and clients David Ziegele and Al Drewes onstage. You’ll hear them occasionally interject and offer their own personal experiences with vintage guitars. Apologies for the lav mic noise; we did our best to reduce it. Recorded live on August 27, 2022 at Old Town’s Maurer Hall.

The Fretboard Summit will return to Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music on August 24-26, 2023. We’ll share ticketing information soon.

TJ’s lutherie tool shop: https://proluthiertools.com

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