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Revealing the “REAL” Rock Stars of the Guitar!

Meet The Luthier...

Denny Melchers The Cincinnati Guitar Show

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Steve Mason

Ask-A-Luthier 

Mike Nash

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“Upgrades & Options”



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What are you passionate about? As a magazine editor/publisher, I'm not just in the information business. What I do goes way beyond the mere dissemination of information. For me, it's about building a community and doing everything I possibly can to help that community thrive. What am I deeply passionate about? I am passionate about helping and encouraging others organize regional guitar related events in their own local areas. I want to change the face of the regional buy-sell-trade guitar show "Industry" (if you can call it that), and share how to successfully launch, organize, market and generally improve local guitar shows wherever they are. What can I be the best at in the world? I can help the community of independent luthiers grow and become more economically successful by being an advocate for the hundreds of custom guitar builders who are all too often unrecognized or even ignored by other guitar-related publications, while also inspiring guitarists to think beyond instruments inscribed with the names Leo, Orville or Paul. What will drive this economic success? I will create the world's best NICHE guitar event and luthier centric magazine. As it grows, Guitar Show & Custom Luthier Magazine will cover ALL types of custom lutherie better than any other guitar publication. Advertiser partners will see their participation not only as an investment in an advertising campaign but also in the future of the art and craft of lutherie. So until next time…”play skillfully with a loud noise on an instrument of strings.”- Ps 33:3 Duane M. Evarts,

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IN THIS ISSUE... 3 What are you passionate about? The editor’s comments and his passion.

4 The Cincy Guitar Show Denny Melchers, organizer of the Cincinnati Guitar Show shares photos and commentary about his event.

5 Events From 2016 A pictorial collage of some places we were this year.

6 Guitar Builders For Veterans A community of professional luthiers helping Veterans with PTSD.

8 Meet the Luthier Tim Reede is a Minneapolis, MN based luthier and has recently become a teacher at the Southeast Technical College guitar construction program where he was once a student.

10 Ask-A-Luthier Luthier Steve Mason answers a question about a bridge repair on a Guild JF212-XL.

12 Mike’s Upgrades & Options Mike Nash shares his learning experiences as one of Colorado’s up-and-coming professional luthiers.

14 The Professional Luthier Directory A list of verified individuals actively involved in the professional art of lutherie.

15 Upcoming Guitar Shows

LETTERS... Hey Duane, I met you on my way out of the Vintage Voltage Expo. You handed me your magazine as my hands were full. I just went thru the issue, and I’m excited for this Magazine. I was actually at the event, scoping it out for my future Cigar Box Banjo Business. I work full time, but figured just a few weeks ago that I needed to do something else. What do I Love? Building Things... And what do I build that gives me the most joy? Well... Cigar Box Banjos! So there you have it. As I sat down playing my Model # 1, I saw your mag sitting there, picked it up as I was thinking and picking what my company name will be. And your Magazine just gave me the motivation I needed to get this thing going. I hope I get to know you better soon from shows and hopefully some space in your Magazine.

A partial list of guitar shows, expos and festivals where you can pick up a hard copy of the magazine.

Cover Photo is courtesy of Tim Reede Guitars. Guitar Show & Custom Luthier is published bi-annually and distributed at guitar shows, festivals & expos; by direct mail and at better music-related businesses. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without prior written permission from the publisher. Advertising - Promoting your business to guitar-buying enthusiasts is critical to growth. Guitar Show & Custom Luthier is one of the most best ways to reach your specific audience. Information about advertising is available online at The views expressed are those of the respective contributors and are not necessarily those of the publisher, editor or staff. All advertising material is subject to publisher’s approval. Guitar Show & Custom Luthier welcomes, but assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to, any and all unsolicited articles, photographs or art. If you would like to be highlighted in a future “Meet The Luthier” article, contact the editor.

Thanks again, Mike Salzer

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The 2016 Cincinnati Guitar Show By Denny Melchers, contributing editor and organizer of the “Cincy” Guitar Show

On March 13th, the Cincinnati Guitar Show celebrated it’s 23rd straight year at the fantastic Sharonville Convention Center, just off I-75 in the northern suburb of Sharonville, Ohio. Attendees were treated to dealers from 10 different states and vendors who had incredible diverse merchandise. The usual vintage guitars were there of course, however, we also had vendors selling axes made from reclaimed wood as well as ladies earrings made from old guitar strings and cymbals. Other vendors brought videos, books & DVD’s; plus we had some super-high end guitars for the collectors. Of course, our returning dealers such as Gary's Classic Guitars, JK Lutherie, Play It Again Music, and Dayton Vintage Guitars made the day enjoyable for all. Attendance was good, but down just a little from last year. However, our show was on the day of the time change to DST, and everyone lost a little sleep. Additionally, the weather outside was truly crummy with blowing wind and a very cold rain. This year, customers brought in more items than last year to sell & trade, and overall it was fine. A good time was had by all! Before closing this quick synopsis of our event, I really want to say “thanks” to Guitar Show & Custom Luthier Magazine for providing us their publication to hand out to our customers. We're looking forward to a bigger and better event next year!


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More Events From 2016

Colorado Luthiers Group

Four-State Guitar Show

February 26, 2016 Photos by Michael Anthony Guitars

March 5, 2016 Photos by Dan McCain, Organizer

Vintage Voltage Expo

Central Arkansas Guitar Show

March 20, 2016 Photos by Duane M. Evarts

April 9, 2016 Photos by Roger Perinne, Organizer

Guitar Show & Custom Luthier Magazine is distributed freely at guitar shows, festivals, expos and many other events. Promote your show by sharing some pictures. Your event could be highlighted on this page too! Contact us about becoming a magazine distribution partner.

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Guitar Builders for Veterans

is a Facebook group that pools parts and builds guitars to gift to U.S. veterans. The group started when luthier Kris Colson of Colson Custom Guitars, located in Virginia, and Shredder Pinstripe, a neoclassical rock guitarist (that plays everything from jazz to classical to progressive metal to rockabilly) from the Ohio based band RATNIP, were finishing a charity build for a “Children with Cancer” benefit. They were chatting one day and Shredder said "I wish we could do something for the vets" and went on to share a story of how he had met a veteran at a show that used to play, but since he was out of the service simply hadn't had money to hardly survive, much less purchase a guitar. This struck a nerve in him and the story had an overwhelming effect on Kris. Kris said "done". The Guitar Builders for Veterans Group was started shortly thereafter.

The group has just started a custom telecaster build for Charles in Florida (a vet who has spent his post-service life helping other veterans through a non-profit organization). Parts for this build are coming together quicker than any of the previous builds. GBV

“I’ve lost friends in Iraq…I need to get the word out to guys my age to start helping…we get to do what we do because they did what they did... No one my age gets that.” – Shredder Pinstripe

Shredder quickly found the group’s first guitar recipient - an army vet in Florida named Mark. Mark dreamt of playing again, but supporting a family of four on a disabled vet’s pension and having only a minimum wage job, he couldn’t find the funds for a guitar purchase. Shredder hooked Mark up with Kris and the build was planned. This first build took a while to get parts donated as the group was very small at the time. Between the donated parts from group members and some donations from various guitar parts companies and suppliers like Stew-Mac, Gator, Luthiers Mercantile International (LMI), and Sperzel to name a few, they were able to design and build Mark’s dream guitar.

The next build was a custom upright electric bass for Pat, a disabled vet in a wheelchair living in Virginia. The bass was designed to be played upright or while sitting. It has custom scaling and string spacing that enables Pat to play with his limitations, in his style (a classically trained cello player).

A custom Les Paul was then built for Aaron in Ohio. This guitar had a custom paint job, set-up and a custom set of pickups and wiring. The guitar was presented to Aaron at a RAW Run veterans benefit concert in Ohio. Aaron even got to go on stage for the presentation during the Ratnip show.


recently exceeded 100 members. As the group grows, more parts can be acquired resulting in more guitars being gifted. If you have parts that you would consider contributing to this effort, or if you want to have a hands-on part in a build, just look up Guitar Builders for Veterans on Facebook and join. As more luthiers join, more veterans can be served with a gift they simply cannot afford.

If you have ever wanted to give back to your vets then this is an awesome way to do it! The GBV group encourages you to get involved. This group welcomes people with diverse skill levels and of various degrees of involvement. If you have any questions, you can send Kris Colson a private message and he will happily chat with you. Not a Facebook user? You can contact Kris by phone at 540-553-6841.

Editor’s Comment: Guitar Show & Custom Luthier Magazine is pleased to help promote “Guitar Builders for Veterans”. We all owe thanks to our veterans for our freedoms and this is one way for the guitar building community to give back. If you are a builder and want to give thanks to a veteran in need, then please join and they will find a way for you to help. If you represent a company, they will gladly accept donations for their projects. If you just want to help and aren’t a builder, then please join and maybe you can help source parts etc. GBV is NOT a 501(c)3 charity and contributions are NOT tax deductible. Colson Custom Guitars is a small custom guitar shop that emphasizes quality & tone and can build the instrument of your dreams. We’d also like to thank the companies mentioned in this article: Luthiers Mercantile International Incorporated Stewart-MacDonald Gator Cases Sperzal USA You can find Guitar Builders for Veterans on

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Meet The Luthier... As a child in the sixties, Tim remembers hearing music that opened a whole new dimension of expression. Bands like Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix and Crosby Stills Nash and Young. This attraction led him to work with music for much of his life. In high school, he worked with a mobile sound system which traveled to small towns for school dances. And with the money he earned, bought a used electric guitar. As he grew older, Tim worked as a DJ for a radio station and a college nightclub. In 1986, he went to school at the Recording Workshop in Ohio and studied sound engineering. And, in 1988, Tim began modifying guitars for himself and others, trying to make guitars play and sound better. - Duane M Evarts, editor

Share the circumstances that led you to become involved in the art of lutherie. In 1992, I enrolled in the cabinetmaking program at Minneapolis Technical College. After graduation, I worked as a professional craftsman for over twenty years. During that time, my work appeared in Architectural Digest, on the cover of Midwest Home magazine and on the TV show Home Time I began to think about making a guitar. So, in 2004 that urge led me to the guitar repair and building program at Southeast Technical College in Red Wing, Minnesota. Looking back, it seems that my experiences were steps for me in becoming a Luthier because it has combined my skills as a woodworker with a passion for music. In 2015, I began a teaching role at the Southeast Technical College guitar construction program where I was once a student. What kind of guitars do you build the most?

the front. This is done to reduce feedback and also because an electromagnet pickup has been added. The body size has been reduced and there are two output jacks, one for the electro magnet pickup and one for the piezo soundboard transducer. I enjoy the diversity of the guitar family, which is why I make a variety of instruments, each having their strengths and purpose. You could say I am a traditionalist when it comes to guitar construction. I use hot hide glue because it is acoustically transparent. It dries very hard, allowing vibrations to transfer cleanly. What sets you and your guitars apart from other fine luthiers and their creations? Many of my guitars are based on things I like about historic guitars, but I have given them my own aesthetics. I have also added modern features like arm bevels and side ports, as well as fan frets and demi cutaways. I am laminating my acoustic guitar necks with five pieces, and then adding the headstock with a scarf joint. This helps to reduce the chance of the headstock breaking if it takes a strong impact. The shape of my neck is different than historic designs in that it rolls around the edge to the fingerboard. This adds comfort especially for those players that wrap their thumb around the neck.

I make more acoustic guitars than anything else; mostly OMs but also Dreadnoughts, Triple Os, Jumbos, parlor guitars and the Librada, my acoustic/electric guitar design. I also build archtop guitars, electric guitars and ukuleles. I have made a couple of Classical guitars too. The Librada has some interesting aspects in that it has no sound hole on 8

How far and wide have your guitar creations gone? During the past twelve years, I have exhibited at many custom guitar shows across North America. Exhibiting at shows is a great

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way to put my guitar directly into the hands of potential buyers. Beyond that, guitar shows are great places for sharing ideas with other makers, helping all of us to build better guitars. If you could share just one thing with others considering lutherie as a profession, what would it be? Get involved! By networking with people in the guitar industry, it can lead to more opportunities. For example, I was invited to “The Art of the Guitar” exhibition at the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota in 2009. This event featured guitars from independent luthiers as well as guitars of historic significance. I contributed to the “Sonic Sitka” project, that studies how the sound of guitars changes as they age, and the “Blue Electric Guitar” exhibit in Miami, FL that was a tribute to Scott Chinery and the original Blue Guitar exhibit. These experiences helped lead to my guitars being featured in a book by Michael Heatley called “Guitar” and a book by John Fellman called “Meeting the Makers: Minnesota’s Finest Guitar Builders”. What is most rewarding to you as a luthier? Although designing and making my guitars is rewarding, the best reward for me is to hear the music being played on my instruments! Are there any well-known owners of a Tim Reede guitar?

I am very thankful to have amazing award-winning fingerstyle players such as Tim Sparks ( and Sam Breckenridge ( playing guitars that I have made. Any other thoughts you would like to share? Yes! I am now the chief organizer of “The Twin Cities Acoustic Guitar Show” that is in partnership with the “Lowertown Guitar Festival” concert event. This year will be the first year for the Guitar Show, although the concert has been around for several years. The Twin Cities Acoustic Guitar Show is a two day event, August 6-7, 2016. Twenty luthiers from across Minnesota, as well as, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa and Manitoba will be presenting their hand made acoustic guitars, mandolins and ukuleles. The location will be at the “McNally Smith College of Music” in downtown St. Paul, MN. It is our hope to make this an annual event to be in partnership with the Lowertown Guitar Festival concert event. It will be promoted as part of St. Paul’s 2016 “Year of Music”. The auditorium will be used for demonstrations. Each builder will have a twenty minute demo spot for a professional musical performance with their guitars. Performers will be: Mike Cramer, Steve Kaul, Sam Breckenridge, Phil Heywood, Tim Sparks, Christoph Bruhn, Greg Gilbertson and more.

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Ask-A-Luthier Answers to questions on stringed instrument repair by Steve Mason

Question: I have a Westerly-made Guild JF212-XL (I won it 6 yrs. ago - online pop-up giveaway). I initially kept it at standard pitch until I noticed the bridge lifting. I took it to Peek-A-Moose in NYC for authorized warranty repair. They reseated the bridge and recommended I keep it tuned down a step. It lives in its case most of the time. Should I keep it down a step, or can I tune to standard without ruining it? Or should I de-tune it while in the case, then tune to standard only when I am playing it? My concern is that if I keep it at standard and it explodes, they might not honor the lifetime warranty (even though it has 2 truss-rods, etc.). What do you consider to be the best capo for this guitar? I've tried a Kyser, but can't adjust the pressure, which pulls sharp. Thanks for your help - Don

Answer: Your guitar was designed to hold 12 light gauge strings tuned up to E A D G B E or 12 medium gauge strings tuned to D G C F A D. When a guitar is manufactured, the finish is put on and then buffed with power buffers. The bridge would get in the way of the buffers, so it is glued on later. The bridge is lined up by various jigs and all of the finish is scraped away from the spot where the bridge will be glued. Very commonly, not all of the finish gets removed. Glue will not stick to finish. A properly glued bridge will never come off. Yours was not properly glued. If Peek-aMoose glued it on right, it should never again be a problem. There is around 250lbs. of string tension on your guitar. Don't take it off and put it back on. The bracing, truss rods etc. are designed to balance the string tension. Wrenching the neck back and forth like that will mess with the adjustment and weaken the guitar. You said that your top is bellied up and your capo pulls the 10

strings sharp. I am going to guess that you need an action set and maybe even a neck reset. Guitar tops are not flat. When the strings are too far from the frets and the guitar is very hard to play, people notice, for the first time, that their guitar top is not flat. They think that the solution to their problem is to flatten that top. An action set straightens the neck, levels and rounds the frets and sets the height of the nut and the saddle. The strings should be as close to the frets as they can be, without buzzing, for your style. If the bridge is as low as it can be and the action is still too high, the neck must be taken off and reset at a higher angle. Guitars tend to need a neck reset every 20 or 30 years. If your neck set is bad, it came from the factory that way. If the string is a long way from the fret, the capo has to "bend" the string down to the fingerboard, sharpening the pitch. An action set will help. There are lots of capos that can apply more grip than a Kyser. I like the Kyser. It provides plenty of grip, and it is very quick. When not in use, it clips to the peghead. If your fingerboard is very arched, the capo bar may not hold the outside strings down. Just bend the bar to fit your guitar.

About the author: For a day job Steve is a luthier: one who repairs, improves and creates stringed instruments. To make a guitar, he starts with a tree and carves away everything that doesn’t look like a guitar. He plays fiddle, guitar, bass, mandolin and sings in the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band: Steve also maintains a wealth of information of interest to luthiers on his website:

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Upgrades and Options By Mike Nash, Luthier & Owner of Alien Guitar Factory When it comes to luthiery, there are no shortcuts. Well, perhaps that’s up for debate in a world of CNC lasers, templates, jigs, plans sold online. And, there’s even an “anti-power-tool” school of thought. Flying in the face of all that, there are the kit builders. Those who buy everything but the paint at a fraction of the cost and send a self-respecting luthier’s blood pressure through the roof (on the wrong Facebook page that is). But while the craftsmanship of each instrument widely varies, I have found that simplicity done right is still quite appreciated by a wide audience. This is why the beginning luthier may still stand a chance in the open market. So here are some thoughts on how you can maximize your efforts simply with creative wood and parts selections.


The face of an electric guitar can have everything from bumper stickers to plaster appliques on it! But a nice piece of figured exotic wood is easy to achieve and extremely popular. The most common practice is to re-saw or butterfly the piece of wood in half lengthwise, and then glue the two pieces back together in a splayed fashion. This creates a “mirrored” effect which gives the face of the guitar a sense of symmetry when properly lined up, or “bookmatched”.

Maple is by far the most popular wood for tops due to its light color, which makes it easy to stain into any color you wish, unlike say… purpleheart. In my searching, I have found suitable timbers for as low as $35 shipped; and made them worthy of the boutique guitar price.

Woods But

what about the rest of the guitar? The timbers you choose for your body and neck will not only affect the tone, but the appearance as well (unless you’re just painting in opaque colors). 12

For the tone-minded, the less figure in the neck the better. Tonal transfer is achieved best through wood without interlocking grains; the body may also benefit from this. Still, few ever balk at a highly figured exotic! But it’s also easy to get too “busy”, so most try to achieve a balance and add accessories like binding. It is the opinion of this author, that with so many color and “tone” options available in the world of wood, there be little need for paint or stain. When you are first starting out, it’s a nice option to be able to depend upon Mother Nature for a large portion of what makes your guitar “pretty”. Not all of us can pull off fancy paint graphics like Ibanez.

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Continuing with aesthetic options, learning how to put colors together can make or break the appearance of your instrument. Binding is a great and simple addition that can tie all your colors together. Installing binding can be tricky along necks, where frets must have their tangs nipped, or on bodies where we carve out our “comfort curves”. Color matching can go wrong, as well, when selecting hardware. Gold bridges and knobs only seem to work on the “right” guitar, for instance. From an aesthetic point of view and with little effort, taking a guitar from a zero to a “10” can be simple and add value to the instrument. Of course, “tone” should be taken into consideration as well. Just beware of all the snake oil out there. Perhaps that is a good topic for next time…

Editor - Mike Nash rediscovered an interest from his youth, in how electric guitars were made, and decided to become a student of luthiery at Red Rocks Community College. He now builds custom guitars under the name “Alien Guitar Factory” based in Castle Rock, Colorado. For more information about Mike’s current projects and available instruments, contact him at: or look up Alien Guitar Factory on Facebook.

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Professional Luthier Directory ARKANSAS Nunley Lutherie Rogers, AR

COLORADO (continued) Rolig Guitars Pagosa Springs, CO

IOWA AM Guitar Works Davenport, IA

Texas Toast Custom Guitars Arvada, CO Find us on Facebook

Flammang Guitars Greene, IA

Thompson Classical Guitars Elizabeth, CO

Hinde Custom Instruments New Hartford, IA

CALIFORNIA Bisceglia Guitars San Jose, CA

Victor Guitar Denver, CO

Tree Guitarworks Des Moines, IA

Elite Custom Guitars Cameron Park, CA

Xentric Guitars Windsor, CO

ARIZONA Lund Guitars Chandler, AZ

Koentopp Guitars Hawthorne, CA Luttrell Guitarworks Petaluma , CA Perlman Guitars San Francisco, CA Worland Guitars Pasadena, CA

COLORADO Alien Guitar Factory Castle Rock, CO Find us on Facebook Bashkin Guitars Fort Collins, CO Castor Instruments Broomfield, CO Conery Guitars Boulder, CO Del Toro Guitars Denver, CO

Guitar Repair Doc Franktown, CO Michael Anthony Guitars, LLC Loveland, CO O’Brien Guitars Parker, CO

FLORIDA D Guitars Miami, LLC North Miami Beach, FL Glen Perry Guitars Miami, FL R&M Guitars, LLC Ocala, FL

KANSAS Steve Mason Luthiers & Violin Shop Lawrence, KS

MASSACHUSETTS Forbidden Guitars Cambridge, MA Guitar Doctor Whitman, MA

Sam's Quality Guitar Repair Ocala, FL SamsQualityGuitarRepair

MISSOURI DJP Guitars Affton, MO

Virgil Guitars Tampa, FL

Dogwood Guitars Grandview, MO

GEORGIA Baruke Guitars Gainesville, GA

IDAHO Freer Hand Crafted Guitars Hailey, ID Tonedevil Guitars Sandpoint, ID

ILLINOIS Vibrance Guitars Danville, IL

Federated Music Guitar Repair Springfield, MO

NEW HAMPSHIRE King Blossom Guitars Grantham, NH

TENNESSEE Hampton Guitars Memphis, TN Find us on Facebook

NEW MEXICO Keith Coleman Luthier Albuquerque, NM

TEXAS David Newton Guitars Beaumont, TX

NEVADA Vegas Guitars Custom Shop Las Vegas, NV

Delaney Guitars Austin, TX Shaw Handcrafted Guitars Waco, TX

Longbow Guitars Rio Rancho, NM Galaxy Guitar Products USA, LLC. Las Vegas, NV

UTAH Steve Fischer Guitars Cedar City, UT

NEW YORK The Guitar Specialist, Inc. Goldens Bridge, NY

VIRGINIA Hawkins Guitar Virginia Beach, VA

H.F. Eibert Stringed Instruments Syracuse, NY Find us on Facebook

James Jones Instruments Bedford, VA J.Calkin Guitars Greenville, VA

OHIO McKnight Guitars Morrel, OH Rhinehart Guitars of Athens, Ohio Athens, OH

Kevin Wood Musical Designs Meadows of Dan, VA

WASHINGTON Bright Guitars Bellingham, WA

Franklin Guitar Company Rocheport, MO

OREGON Charles Fox Guitars Portland, OR

MJT Aged Guitar Finishes Carthage, MO

Pheo Guitars Portland, OR

MISSISSIPPI Crowley Custom Guitars Ocean Springs, MS Find us on Facebook

PENNSYLVANIA Bucks County Folk Music Shop New Britain, PA

Stuart Keith Guitars Nine Mile Falls, WA

Naugler Guitars Green Lane, PA

Traphagen Guitars Bellingham, WA

RHODE ISLAND Holcomb Guitars Providence, RI

WEST VIRGINIA Agape Guitars Morgantown, WV

MINNESOTA Tim Reede Custom Guitars Minneapolis, MN

INDIANA RockRabbit Guitars Valparaiso, IN

Stehr Guitars, LLC Spokane, WA J. Thayer Guitars Bremerton, WA

PROFESSIONAL LUTHIERS - You can be listed in both the online and print editions of our Professional Luthier Directory for just $15.00/year. This is probably less than you paid for your last batch of business cards and includes an annual subscription to the magazine! To be included, visit: 14

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Guitar Show & Custom Luthier Summer/Fall 2016  

In this issue we highlight luthier Tim Reede of Minneapolis, Minnesota. There are also articles by luthiers Steve Mason of Lawrence, Kansas...

Guitar Show & Custom Luthier Summer/Fall 2016  

In this issue we highlight luthier Tim Reede of Minneapolis, Minnesota. There are also articles by luthiers Steve Mason of Lawrence, Kansas...