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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 Journal

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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 Journal

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Great for guitar lovers

By Eviltwinlightning - Jan 02 2020
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Captivating interviews with interesting builders.

Great listen

By Jackychandaman - Aug 28 2019
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I love this podcast! Great guests and interviews!

iTunes Ratings

101 Ratings
Average Ratings
89
6
5
1
0

Great for guitar lovers

By Eviltwinlightning - Jan 02 2020
Read more
Captivating interviews with interesting builders.

Great listen

By Jackychandaman - Aug 28 2019
Read more
I love this podcast! Great guests and interviews!
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Luthier on Luthier with Michael Bashkin

Latest release on Feb 02, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: 4. John Bogdanovich

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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 with renown woodworker James Krenov. His studies with Krenov eventually led him back to the guitar world but this time as a maker. John is also the author of the excellent book Classical Guitar Making, published by Sterling press. In this in-depth interview, John and I cover a lot of ground and he makes no bones about where he sees room for improvement in today's players, guitar makers and their instruments.

https://www.jsbguitars.com/ http://jameskrenov.com/ http://www.bashkinguitars.com https://www.fretboardjournal.com

Apr 19 2017

1hr 32mins

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Rank #2: 3. Laurent Brondel

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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, after working for a time at Bourgeois guitars he started building guitars under his own name. For our third episode, Laurent and I talk about this journey and hear his perspectives on the music industry, vintage Martins, his varnish finishes as well as his new electric guitars.

Mar 17 2017

55mins

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Rank #3: 5. Dave Bruzza (Greensky Bluegrass)

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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 player. We also dig into his guitar quiver and discuss what he values in each of his acoustics. Bruzza's on-stage gear is ever evolving, which he also discusses. We end up discussing his musical influences, heroes and musical outlook in this detailed interview.

Links Mentioned: Greensky Bluegrass - http://greenskybluegrass.com/ Lyle Brewer - http://www.lylebrewermusic.com/Bryan Galloup - http://www.galloupguitars.com/Santa Cruz - https://www.santacruzguitar.com/Hipshot - https://www.hipshotproducts.com/K + K - http://www.kksound.com/Grace Audio - http://www.gracedesign.com/Catalinbread  - http://catalinbread.com/Sensaphonics - https://www.sensaphonics.com/Jake Robinson - http://www.robinsonguitars.com/

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May 17 2017

50mins

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Rank #4: 22. Joe Glaser

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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 22 of the podcast, Joe takes time out of his busy schedule to share his valuable insights into how he does it, from his problem solving to his people skills and how he runs his business. Glaser is a legend among Nashville's elite musicians and for good reason.   Links: http://www.plek.com/en_US/home/ https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/534655/the-feather-thief-by-kirk-wallace-johnson/9781101981610/ http://www.galloupguitars.com/northwoods-seminar.htm https://www.theblackbirdacademy.com/ https://nashville.mi.edu/

Sep 19 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #5: 6. Michi Matsuda

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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 is the identity of a guitar and how it affects music. And, I was surprised to learn how free-spirited Michi's approach to guitar making is.

Jun 21 2017

53mins

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Rank #6: 15. Geoff Luttrell (SF Guitarworks & Sonoma County Guitarworks)

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For Episode 15, we sit down with 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 United States. Geoff takes us through all the offerings of San Francisco Guitarworks including repairs and classes and we go in-depth into operation of his PLEK services. He also offers some sound entrepreneurial advice and some valuable life lessons.   Links: http://sfguitarworks.com/ http://www.mjtagedfinishes.com/ http://www.plek.com/en_US/home/

Feb 23 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #7: 9. Paul Heumiller of Dream Guitars

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For our ninth episode, I sit down with Dream Guitars founder and owner, Paul Heumiller. If you build or play custom guitars you probably already know Paul's name and that Dream Guitars is one of the top boutique guitar dealers in the world. Paul discusses his philosophy for life and business and how for him they are one in the same. Paul also talks about how Dream Guitars got started and the successful partnerships he has forged with some of today's most collectible builders. Lastly, Paul gives some great advice to new and established builders about competing with your own guitars on the secondary market, and how to avoid burning out.   Links: www.dreamguitars.com

Sep 19 2017

55mins

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Rank #8: 32: Trevor Gore

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Trevor Gore has a goal to build better guitars. To that end, he has applied the full force of his expertise as a professional engineer to research and document the physics of how acoustic guitars work and develop the methods to control the sound. Trevor lays all this out in his two-part book, Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build, co-authored with Gerard Gilet. For episode 32 of the podcast, I sit down with Trevor after his modal tuning workshop and he gives us an overview of his approach to designing guitars. Trevor then tells us how he went from an engineering student racing sailboats in the UK to living in Australia and how his dissatisfaction with his own guitar started him on his quest to build a better one.    Links Trevor Gore Guitars Roberto-Venn Guitars (this week's sponsor)

Aug 08 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #9: 28. Michael Watts

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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 custom guitar, and shares his insights into the relationship between luthiers and musicians.  

https://michaelwattsguitar.com/home

Mar 26 2019

1hr 2mins

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Rank #10: 19. Jason Kostal

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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 considered to be among the best being made today. On this month's show, Jason talks candidly about branding, customer relations and his path into lutherie.   Thanks to GLUBOOST for sponsoring this episode.     Links Kostalguitars.com https://gluboost.com

Jun 20 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #11: 24: Evan Gluck (New York Guitar Repair)

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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 says and it is all part of his unique perspective on guitar repair and life. Also, according to google, Evan is the best guitar repair person in the world.       https://www.newyorkguitarrepair.com/

Nov 26 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #12: 16. Isaac Jang

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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 market today. On this week's podcast, we talk about his guitars, his apprenticeship with Kathy Wingert and much more. 

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https://www.isaacjangguitars.com/

http://www.wingertguitars.com/

Mar 30 2018

58mins

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Rank #13: 17. Luthiers Beyond Limits

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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 guitars. During this podcast, we hear from Mario BeuregardJean-Yves Alquier, Steve Klein, Claudio and Claudia Pagelli, Michi Matsuda and John and Serge of Tao Guitars. We hear the story of how and why these six artisans formed Luthiers Beyond Limits and about the unique instruments that were on display.

Apr 18 2018

41mins

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Rank #14: 11. Jeremy Jenkins of Lame Horse Guitars

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On episode 11, we sit down with 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. He talks about his life in the music city of Austin and how the role of music has changed for him over time. We also learn about what makes a bad movie good, and about his many other interests outside of guitars.   Want to support Luthier on Luthier? We're auctioning off a Lame Horse Cowboy Ukulele to help support the show. Bid here.    Links:  http://www.lamehorse.net/ http://www.badbadnotgood.com/ https://www.facebook.com/WilkinsonsSwing/   PS: Don't forget to listen to episode 10 of Luthier on Luthier, where we interviewed Chris Jenkins.

Oct 24 2017

1hr 1min

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Rank #15: 7. Live from the 2017 GAL Convention

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Our seventh episode of the Luthier on Luthier podcast is a little different from the rest. Rather than interview one builder, I have shorter interviews with several luthiers. Each of these interviews took place at the 2017 GAL (Guild of American Luthiers) Convention in Tacoma, Washington. 

During this podcast, you will hear from Dan Erlewine, Erick Coleman, Chelsea Clark, Jeffery Elliott, Chris Herrod, Steve Marchione, Don Macrostie, Evan Gluck and many others. You’ll also hear an adventurous tale of buffing from Harry Fleishman.  

If your into lutherie and have the chance to attend a guild meeting, I highly recommend it. There were a lot more people I would have liked to talk to but I just ran out of time. I know a lot of guitar builders listen to this podcast and it was great to meet so many of you in person, too.

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http://www.danerlewine.com/ http://www.stewmac.com/ http://marchione.com/ http://www.elliottguitars.com/ http://www.lmii.com/ http://newyorkguitarrepair.com/ https://obrienguitars.com/ http://www.jroadman.com/ http://lichtyguitars.com/ http://www.reddiamondmandolins.com/ http://www.jeffreyyong.com/ http://www.fleishmaninstruments.com/ http://luth.org/ http://www.guitarsandcaffeine.com/

Jul 27 2017

1hr

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