Rank #1: 13: Rick Turner
Rank #2: 3. Laurent Brondel
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.
Rank #3: 19. Jason Kostal
Rank #4: 22. Joe Glaser
Rank #5: 28. Michael Watts
Rank #6: 14. Robbie O’Brien
Rank #7: 16. Isaac Jang
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.
Rank #8: 6. Michi Matsuda
Rank #9: 5. Dave Bruzza (Greensky Bluegrass)
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/
Rank #10: 4. John Bogdanovich
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
Rank #11: 8. John Slobod (Circa Guitars)
Rank #12: 9. Paul Heumiller of Dream Guitars
Rank #13: 17. Luthiers Beyond Limits
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 Beuregard, Jean-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.
Rank #14: 15. Geoff Luttrell (SF Guitarworks & Sonoma County Guitarworks)
Rank #15: 18. Edward Victor Dick
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 guitar building and repair. Today, he runs Victor Guitars in Denver, Colorado, where he does a bit of all of the above. Edward is someone I greatly admire and I am honored to have him share his story on this month’s Luthier on Luthier podcast.