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Luthier on Luthier with Michael Bashkin

The Fretboard Journal

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Luthier on Luthier with Michael Bashkin
Luthier on Luthier with Michael Bashkin

Luthier on Luthier with Michael Bashkin

The Fretboard Journal

4
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22
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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

Latest Episodes

Ken Parker

Legendary guitar maker Ken Parker is known worldwide for his innovative archtop guitars. For Episode 35 of the podcast, we caught up with Ken after the first-ever Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival. Ken shares how he blends his deep understanding of classical methods with modern techniques and materials to achieve his goal of making the ultimate acoustic instrument.

61 MIN1 w ago
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Ken Parker

Bill Comins

Archtop guitar maker Bill Comins started his career as an aspiring jazz musician. Because of that, he brings the player's viewpoint into all of his guitars. "If I go overboard on making things very resonant, I'm going to be fighting inconsistencies, and as player that is useless to me on the bandstand," he says. For our 34th episode, I sit down with Bill at the Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival, where he shares his player-led insights into archtop guitar design, voicing and amplification

55 MINOCT 1
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Bill Comins

Michael Hornick (Shanti Guitars)

With encouragement from his friend Richard Hoover, Michael Hornick (Shanti Guitars) made his first guitar in 1985. He has not stopped building since. Michael also runs the instrument building workshop at the Bluegrass Academy, which started at the 1992 Telluride Bluegrass festival and is now held yearly at Rockygrass. For episode 33 of the podcast we catch up with Michael on a sunny afternoon during Rockygrass.

63 MINSEP 5
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Michael Hornick (Shanti Guitars)

Trevor Gore

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 GerardGilet. For episode 32 of the podcast, he gives us an overview of his approach to designing guitars.

66 MINAUG 8
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Trevor Gore

Sean Kochel

When you look at a Sean Kochel guitar you'll notice the shotgun shell knobs, the bullet casing fret markers, and the 100 year-old woods from demolished buildings that are featured in all his guitars.For episode 31 of the podcast, we visit Sean's remote shop in Montana. Ittakes us a little while to discuss to his cool guitars, because Sean has quite a history: from working in Alaska's oil fields, to snowboarding and bee keeping, all before starting his successful guitar business.

55 MINJUL 13
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Sean Kochel

Jeff Bamburg

For our 30th episode of the podcast, we talk with Colorado-based instrument builder Jeff Bamburg. Jeff tells us about his multifaceted approach to the guitar business; including running a retail shop, his custom line of Bamburg guitars, his production line of Rocky Mountain guitars, as well as teaching lutherie and doing repairs. Jeff also explains why one of his goals is to build a business that he can sell, and about his experiments with double-top and true-tempered guitars.

47 MINMAY 22
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Jeff Bamburg

Roger Sadowsky

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. Roger shares his thoughts on electric guitar tonewoods, neck design, and much more! https://www.sadowsky.com/

30 MINAPR 25
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Roger Sadowsky

Michael Watts

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

62 MINMAR 26
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Michael Watts

Farhad Soheili (FSC Instruments)

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, New York, where he builds incredible vintage-inspired electric guitars and runs a full service repair shop. Farhad shares his insights into running a small business in a big city and how he keeps inspired.

57 MINFEB 26
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Farhad Soheili (FSC Instruments)

Ric McCurdy

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 around. Ric also shares his insights into voicing archtop plates and changing the resonant frequency of a guitar neck.

66 MINJAN 17
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Ric McCurdy

Latest Episodes

Ken Parker

Legendary guitar maker Ken Parker is known worldwide for his innovative archtop guitars. For Episode 35 of the podcast, we caught up with Ken after the first-ever Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival. Ken shares how he blends his deep understanding of classical methods with modern techniques and materials to achieve his goal of making the ultimate acoustic instrument.

61 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ken Parker

Bill Comins

Archtop guitar maker Bill Comins started his career as an aspiring jazz musician. Because of that, he brings the player's viewpoint into all of his guitars. "If I go overboard on making things very resonant, I'm going to be fighting inconsistencies, and as player that is useless to me on the bandstand," he says. For our 34th episode, I sit down with Bill at the Rocky Mountain Archtop Festival, where he shares his player-led insights into archtop guitar design, voicing and amplification

55 MINOCT 1
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Bill Comins

Michael Hornick (Shanti Guitars)

With encouragement from his friend Richard Hoover, Michael Hornick (Shanti Guitars) made his first guitar in 1985. He has not stopped building since. Michael also runs the instrument building workshop at the Bluegrass Academy, which started at the 1992 Telluride Bluegrass festival and is now held yearly at Rockygrass. For episode 33 of the podcast we catch up with Michael on a sunny afternoon during Rockygrass.

63 MINSEP 5
Comments
Michael Hornick (Shanti Guitars)

Trevor Gore

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 GerardGilet. For episode 32 of the podcast, he gives us an overview of his approach to designing guitars.

66 MINAUG 8
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Trevor Gore

Sean Kochel

When you look at a Sean Kochel guitar you'll notice the shotgun shell knobs, the bullet casing fret markers, and the 100 year-old woods from demolished buildings that are featured in all his guitars.For episode 31 of the podcast, we visit Sean's remote shop in Montana. Ittakes us a little while to discuss to his cool guitars, because Sean has quite a history: from working in Alaska's oil fields, to snowboarding and bee keeping, all before starting his successful guitar business.

55 MINJUL 13
Comments
Sean Kochel

Jeff Bamburg

For our 30th episode of the podcast, we talk with Colorado-based instrument builder Jeff Bamburg. Jeff tells us about his multifaceted approach to the guitar business; including running a retail shop, his custom line of Bamburg guitars, his production line of Rocky Mountain guitars, as well as teaching lutherie and doing repairs. Jeff also explains why one of his goals is to build a business that he can sell, and about his experiments with double-top and true-tempered guitars.

47 MINMAY 22
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Jeff Bamburg

Roger Sadowsky

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. Roger shares his thoughts on electric guitar tonewoods, neck design, and much more! https://www.sadowsky.com/

30 MINAPR 25
Comments
Roger Sadowsky

Michael Watts

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

62 MINMAR 26
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Michael Watts

Farhad Soheili (FSC Instruments)

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, New York, where he builds incredible vintage-inspired electric guitars and runs a full service repair shop. Farhad shares his insights into running a small business in a big city and how he keeps inspired.

57 MINFEB 26
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Farhad Soheili (FSC Instruments)

Ric McCurdy

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 around. Ric also shares his insights into voicing archtop plates and changing the resonant frequency of a guitar neck.

66 MINJAN 17
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Ric McCurdy
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