So Many "Luthiers"

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  1. of this world

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    sorry but those are evel knievel impersonators... no shame though... it can be tricky to tell the difference and there is a lot of crossover too...
     
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    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    The apostrophe in "thing's" is superfluous.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I dis... oh wait...

    DAMNIT!:mad:
     
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    Scott Baxendale Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    By the time I went to work at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville in 1978 I had most of my skills. However, I’ve learned more bout acoustic guitar design in the last 15 years than I thought was possible.
     
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    Doesn't GC have tons of Luthier's ? :D:D:D
     
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    ZlurkCorzDog INMATE #7XX7XX7

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    Explain it to spell checker. Good to know we have an expert linguist in the house.
    Now go to the top & scroll through every thead & make sure the grammar is correct by all user's.
    Check back in on occasion & let us know how you're making progress.
     
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    Ace38 Senior Stratmaster

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    Some of it comes from snobbery as well. Lots of guys make themselves out to be bigger than they really are with cool sounding words. Happens with a lot of things these days.
     
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    Well out of curiosity, what does qualify one as a luthier? Or, more to the point, what's the path to becoming a luthier? And does being a proper luthier mean you are able to build and service any kind of stringed instrument? Or are there levels of speciality? Like violins versus guitars? Because this is something I have a growing interest in.
     
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    Yup that’s always how the conversation goes. “What did they touch”. I work at a Mazda dealership, see it all the time. Some major brake issues or whatever the complaint. They didn’t touch anything, this should be warranty. You start digging in and you see shiny new aftermarket parts. Oh well uh my mechanic replaced the brakes um he knows what he’s doing. Classic


    You are correct. Lots of good small independent shops out there but my experience with small shops or questionable shops is you don’t need a criminal background check to get hired on. So yeah at least in my city that’s what’s up with small shops.
     
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    :rolleyes:
    It was a joke.
    You said "Correct me if I'm wrong."
    So I corrected you, because you were wrong.
     
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    I can change strings ;)
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I got it. Thought it was funny.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    I doubt it. :rolleyes:
     
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    well i should have phrased it i try to change strings :p:D
     
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    Off topic maybe but still about being qualified.
    I came across this construction outfits card & found the bottom line interesting. I reckon that means not bonded or insured, yikes.

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    I work for a police fleet garage now. Have got the last 18+ years now. You don't know what a complete background check is until you try to get on here. Lol
    They will turn up the most insignificant thing to ask you about in a polygraph nowadays. Thankfully when I hired on I didn't have to do the poly. Lol
     
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    If you're having trouble changing strings, just take it to your luthier. :D
     
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    There are no standards in the luthier world so anyone can call themself one, however I would consider being a luthier a journey and not a destination. A real luthier is always trying to improve the quality of their work and will always put the quality of the work over the time it should take. The path for me was: I dropped out of college and went to work for Mossman Guitars in Winfield Ks for $2.36 per hour. I started in the finish department and with in about 10 months I became the foreman of the finish department. After three years I moved to Kansas City and started doing repair work at Swift Music Repair. After two years there I moved toNashville and went to work for Gruhn Guitars. Mossman taught me the basic skills to build an acoustic guitar and at Gruhn’s I learned about the design differences and nuance of the best sounding guitars from the 1930’s as well as everything else about vintage models. After Gruhn’s I purchased Mossman Guitars and moved it to Dallas and for the next five years I built about 250 guitars. This was from 85-90. In the late 90’s I started the Colfax Guitar Shop in Denver and that evolved into Baxendale Guitar in Athens Ga for the last 12 years. I have run my luthier academy where I train folks to do this work and several of my students have gone on to open their own shops.

    My luthier course is a full time 12 month course on basic repair and restoration techniques. I teach the repair stuff first before I teach building from scratch which I have learned allows the student to build a excellent professional grade guitar if they learn the repair stuff first. So building your guitar comes at the end of the course.
     
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    Ebidis Providing the world with flat bends since 1985

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    When I was in the Air Force, I had to have some pretty serious security clearances for my career field. This was pre-internet days, and I literally spent 3 days filling out mountains of paperwork, and it took a year to get cleared.
     
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