Gucci guitar, bridge close-up.

The Design Genius of Luthier Mark Nicol

Not long ago, I’d spotted an Alessandro Michele-designed leather Gucci guitar case in the back pages of a fashion magazine with a design that reminded me of the old 70s-era Lite Brite toy screen. Michele’s … Read more…

It’s a Wonderful Guitar Shop

What a way to close out the year:  Dan’s Chelsea Guitar Store will remain happily ensconced within its current location at The Chelsea Hotel, continuing what will be nearly thirty years in business.  Of course, … Read more…

Luthier Ekrem Uğurlu of Istanbul’s Seren Violin

Turkish luthier Ekrem Uğurlu plies his busy instrument-making and instrument repair trade in his 9 year old instrument-making and repair shop studio, Seren Violin, in the neighborhood of Çengelköy, Istanbul, on the Uskudar (Asian) shore … Read more…

A Heritage of Guitar-Making

The address of 225 Parsons in Kalamazoo, Michigan should be a bucket list destination for any fan of vintage Gibson guitars. It is the original factory site where former New Yorker Orville Gibson founded Gibson … Read more…

Luthier Thomas Fredholm

Guitar maker Thomas Fredholm started making acoustic steel string guitars then dedicated himself to making classical guitars for two decades before coming full circle to creating his distinctive steel string acoustics again in the old … Read more…

The Granada School of Guitar-Makers

This year marks publication of the landmark book on guitar-makers of Granada, Spain. Edited by John Ray, The Granada School of Guitar-makers. (Diputación de Granada de la publicaciones) is a beautifully photographed and researched English/Spanish … Read more…

Richard Bruné

Richard Bruné Unbreaks Guitars Luthier Richard Bruné, who is based in Evanston, Illinois, recently repaired guitarist Rene Izquierdo’s Antonio Marin Montero guitar, broken by Hong Kong Airlines baggage handlers after Izquierdo’s third concert of a … Read more…