Tag: Luthier

Boaz Elkayam: “There is no wood supplier in the world that can say he sold me wood for building guitars.”

Republished from the “First Issue” Click here to purchase in Print There are people that like to walk the path opened by others and walk it the best they can with respect. They have to know every detail and share it with others who shall continue walking to keep that path alive. Sometimes there are individuals, who after…

Jens Ritter – Lutherie With Art & Humor

By Joe Holesworth Republished from our German Issue In a world where even the best guitar builders struggle, especially when their instruments stray too far from conventional design platforms, German renaissance luthier, Jens Ritter, is clearly an exception to the status quo. Producing 50-60 guitars/basses per year, with one partner, Ritter considers guitar as a…

Of Wood and Words….Master Guitar Builder, Ervin Somogyi

By Pat Bianculli On a beautiful, sunny day in late July 2014 (to a New Yorker, every day is beautiful and sunny in the Bay area of California!) I scouted out the legendary steel string guitar builder, Ervin Somogyi [pronounced: Suh-MAH-jee] at his workshop, a large white house just off Telegraph Ave. at 52nd Street…

Michel Pellerin – A Luthier Par Excellence

By Andrew Catania You may learn to become a luthier by profession, but, great luthiers are born, not made. And we have Michel Pellerin as a strong validation for this claim. Born and raised in Quebec, Canada, it was as if music and more specifically, the guitar-philia, was already in his genetic codes – his…

Bob Benedetto: Entrepeneur…Innovator…Luthier!

By Jim Kath As a luthier myself, I think I have the insight needed to dig in and ask the questions that mere writers might miss. I know what it’s like trying to make a living in this field, and I know just how difficult guitar making is. If you disagree that it’s difficult, then…