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Luthier on Luthier with Michael Bashkin

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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 listen

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

Awesome podcast!

By SSG Fury - Dec 11 2018
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Keep up the good work, I’ll be listening as long as you’ll be interviewing these icons of the art.

iTunes Ratings

79 Ratings
Average Ratings
71
3
4
1
0

Great listen

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

Awesome podcast!

By SSG Fury - Dec 11 2018
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Keep up the good work, I’ll be listening as long as you’ll be interviewing these icons of the art.
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Luthier on Luthier with Michael Bashkin

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Rank #125 in Design category

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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

Rank #1: 13: Rick Turner

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For episode 13, we talk with acclaimed guitarmaker Rick Turner. Rick has made, designed and worked on instruments for some of the biggest names in music including the Lindsey Buckingham, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, David Crosby, David Lindley and Ry Cooder, just name a few. In addition to his own line of guitars,  Rick also was a founding partner of Highlander pickups, Alembic guitars, Duncan Turner Acoustic research and he holds the patent for the CF guitar neck. Over the course of our conversation, Rick takes us through some his current and past projects, while giving us insights into his thought process and how he takes design inspiration from outside of the guitar world.
Dec 13 2017
1 hour 19 mins
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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
55 mins
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Rank #3: 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
1 hour 18 mins
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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
1 hour 19 mins
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #6: 14. Robbie O’Brien

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Today, Robbie O'Brien is well-known for his growing catalog of online guitar making courses as well as his popular one-on-one guitar making classes. On Episode 14, he and his wife Adrianna tell us about his start building guitars in São Paulo, Brazil, his teaching philosophy and how the act of building a guitar can be transformative for many of his students. Robbie says, "I never planned a career like this."    This episode is sponsored by Luthier Suppliers.     Links: https://obrienguitars.com/ https://tessarin.com.br/antonio lmii.com
Jan 23 2018
59 mins
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Rank #7: 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
58 mins
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Rank #8: 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
53 mins
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Rank #9: 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
50 mins
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Rank #10: 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
1 hour 32 mins
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Rank #11: 8. John Slobod (Circa Guitars)

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For our eighth episode, I talk to luthier John Slobod. John shares his thoughts on why vintage guitars sound the way they do, and how he honors them in his own Martin-inspired instruments. We also go through John's journey from working with Dana Bourgeois and later with Julius Borges before starting his own Circa guitars. In this interview, John also offers some valuable advice to new luthiers.   Links: http://www.circaguitars.com https://bourgeoisguitars.net http://www.timelessinstruments.com http://www.borgesguitars.com
Aug 14 2017
1 hour 11 mins
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Rank #12: 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
55 mins
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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
41 mins
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Rank #14: 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
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #15: 18. Edward Victor Dick

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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.

May 22 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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