Luthier on Luthier with Michael Bashkin

The Fretboard Journal

Every month, luthier Michael Bashkin interviews some of his favorite fellow guitar builders, makers and creatives on the Luthier on Luthier podcast. Acoustic, electric, flattop, archtop and everything in-between... brought to you by the Fretboard Jou...Show More
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29. Roger Sadowsky

30:53 | Apr 24th

Roger Sadowsky makes guitars for many of today's top professional guitarists, and his instruments are in heavy rotation on stages and in studios across the world. For episode 29 of the podcast, we caught up with Roger at the 2019 winter NAMM Show. ...Show More
28. Michael Watts

1:02:18 | Mar 26th

Michael Watts is a London-based guitarist deeply steeped in the custom guitar world. Michael knows how to have the "tone talk" both with guitar builders and players. For our 28th episode, Michael discusses his latest CD, gives advice on ordering a cu...Show More
27. Farhad Soheili (FSC Instruments)

57:57 | Feb 25th

For Episode 27 of Luthier on Luthier, we sit down with Farhad Soheili,  who was as self-described guitar-infatuated teenager playing and working on instruments 10 hours a day. More than 20 years later, Farhad now owns FSC guitars based in Brooklyn, N...Show More
26. Ric McCurdy

1:06:50 | Jan 17th

For our 26th episode of Luthier on Luthier, we sit down with veteran guitarmaker Ric McCurdy. Ric takes us from building guitars barefoot in Santa Barbara, California to his busy NYC shop where he now makes some of finest archtop and electric guitars...Show More
25. Marc Beneteau

54:53 | Dec 26th, 2018

Marc Beneteau has successfully navigated a career in building custom guitars since 1974. For our twenty fifth episode, Marc takes us back to his early years, talks to us about forging his own path and describes how he has remained focused and passion...Show More
24: Evan Gluck (New York Guitar Repair)

1:17:07 | Nov 26th, 2018

Evan Gluck runs New York Guitar Repair and is often asked to lecture on aspects of running a small business. This is a bit ironic considering that Evan claims "my profession is not to work." In fact, there are many counter-intuitive things that Evan ...Show More
23. John Kinnard

58:07 | Oct 23rd, 2018

John Kinnard has always been a part-time guitar builder while being a full-time high school science teacher. On this episode of Luthier on Luthier, John shares his perspectives on 40 years of building instruments. It's a fascinating talk with someone...Show More
22. Joe Glaser

1:19:17 | Sep 19th, 2018

When you walk into Joe Glaser's Nashville shop, you get the sense that they can do any guitar job, or even make any guitar part, and do it at the highest caliber. Simply put, Glaser has one of the most respected repair shops in the world. For episode...Show More
21. Jay Lichty & Corrie Woods (Lichty Guitars)

1:07:37 | Aug 30th, 2018

For this episode, we sit down with Jay Lichty and Corrie Woods, the creators of Lichty guitars. Jay was a  carpenter and general contractor for 30 years when he took a guitar building course with Wayne Henderson. He has not looked back from guitarmak...Show More
20. Harry Fleishman

1:16:17 | Jul 16th, 2018

Harry Fleishman has been designing, building, teaching and repairing  guitars for over 45 years. His guitars always push the design envelope, from his numerous one-of-a-kind handmade guitars to the anti-gravity bass he designed for Jackson. In this e...Show More
19. Jason Kostal

1:18:56 | Jun 20th, 2018

Jason Kostal has led a full life: He graduated from West Point, served in the Army, earned an MBA and spent time as an executive in the corporate world. When he was ready for a new challenge he took up guitarmaking and now his instruments are conside...Show More
18. Edward Victor Dick

1:10:06 | May 22nd, 2018

Edward Victor Dick started his lutherie career over 40 years ago. Since then, he has owned music retail stores, burned out, flown a small plane around Canada, worked on a farm, returned to lutherie, studied traditional lute building, and taught guita...Show More
17. Luthiers Beyond Limits

41:04 | Apr 18th, 2018

On episode 17 of the Luthier on Luthier Podcast, we talk to the collective of legendary builders who make up the Luthiers Beyond Limits group. These mini interviews were conducted at the 2018 NAMM show where the LBL showcased their forward-thinking g...Show More
16. Isaac Jang

58:02 | Mar 30th, 2018

Issac Jang spent almost ten years apprenticing and repairing guitars before he started making instruments under his own name. This slow and steady approach has worked well for Issac, who is now one of the most sought after young builders in the marke...Show More
15. Geoff Luttrell (SF Guitarworks & Sonoma County Guitarworks)

1:09:04 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Today we talk to Geoff Luttrell, owner of SF Guitarworks and Sonoma County Guitarworks. Geoff started out as a welder in oil refineries and went through several other careers before owning and operating one of the top guitar repair shops in the Unite...Show More
14. Robbie O’Brien

59:26 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Guitarmaking instructor and luthier Robbie O'Brien talks to us about his growing catalog of online lutherie courses as well as his popular one-on-one guitar making classes. He and his wife Adrianna tell us also tell us about his start building guitar...Show More
13: Rick Turner

1:19:32 | Dec 13th, 2017

Rick Turner is a true "living legend" in the world of guitarmaking, having designed and worked on instruments for some of the biggest names in music including the Lindsey Buckingham, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, David Crosby, David Lindly and Ry Cooder. ...Show More
12. Jordan McConnell

1:32:51 | Nov 22nd, 2017

On today's Luthier on Luthier Podcast, we talk to Jordan McConnell, one of those rare guitarmakers who is also a professional musician. McConnell talks about his youth, his decade in The Duhks, his new guitars and more.
11. Jeremy Jenkins of Lame Horse Guitars

1:01:00 | Oct 24th, 2017

This week, we talk to Jeremy Jenkins, who builds Lame Horse Guitars alongside his father, Chris. Jeremy tells us how he fell into guitarmaking through his father and how it ended up becoming a full-time career.
10. Chris Jenkins of Lame Horse Guitars

1:17:33 | Oct 24th, 2017

We talk to Chris Jenkins of Lame Horse Guitars. Chris and his son Jeremy build uniquely ornamented guitars, "gitjoes" and ukuleles from their workshops. Chris tells about his unique career path - he worked briefly in accounting before becoming a vetr...Show More
9. Paul Heumiller of Dream Guitars

55:12 | Sep 19th, 2017

Since founding Dream Guitars, Paul Heumiller has become one of the foremost dealers for custom and boutique acoustic and electric guitars. We talk about the world of luthier-built instruments, the business of selling guitars and his love for music.
8. John Slobod (Circa Guitars)

1:11:34 | Aug 14th, 2017

This week, we talk to John Slobod of Circa Guitars. John offers his thoughts on why vintage Martins were so consistently great and offers valuable advice to aspiring guitarmakers.
7. Live from the 2017 GAL Convention

1:00:50 | Jul 27th, 2017

On episode 7 of the Luthier on Luthier podcast, I interview several builders at the 2017 Guild of American Luthiers Convention (also known as the GAL) in Tacoma, Washington. During this podcast, you will hear from Dan Erlewine, Erick Coleman, Chelsea...Show More
6. Michi Matsuda

53:25 | Jun 21st, 2017

On Episode 6, I sit down with world-renown guitar maker Michi Matsuda. Originally from Japan and now living in the US, Michi is known for his inventive designs and craftsmanship. We stay mostly in the head-space of guitar making and talk about what i...Show More
5. Dave Bruzza (Greensky Bluegrass)

50:19 | May 17th, 2017

On this month's podcast, I sit down with Dave Bruzza, lead guitarist of the contemporary band Greensky Bluegrass. We follow his career path from an aspiring luthier in Michigan all the way to his career today as a successful professional guitar playe...Show More
4. John Bogdanovich

1:32:19 | Apr 19th, 2017

On episode 4 of the Luthier on Luthier podcast, I interview classical guitar maker John Bogdanovich. John aspired to be a professional classical guitar player but was waylaid by stage fright and went onto another career path before he came to study w...Show More
3. Laurent Brondel

55:48 | Mar 17th, 2017

Before moving to the United States, Laurent Brondel was a professional musician in France for 20 years. He originally moved to New York and, along the way, Laurent started to work on his own guitars. Laurent eventually found himself in rural Main and...Show More
2. Burton Legeyt

47:01 | Feb 21st, 2017

Burton Legeyt started building guitars without any formal training or apprenticeship.  Instead he came to guitarbuilding through painting, picture framing, metal working and vintage watchmaking equipment. His open-minded approach gives his guitars a ...Show More
1. Ervin Somogyi

1:03:40 | Feb 20th, 2017

Ervin Somogyi is often referred to as the luthier's luthier: His guitars are among the most well-known and sought after custom instruments being made today. Ervin has influenced the custom guitar world, not with his own guitars, but also by training ...Show More