John Thomas Guitar Building Workshop Wrap-Up
John Thomas shares his feedback on his acoustic guitar building adventure at Lichty Guitars …
From John’s final entry in Fretboard Journal …
I’m holding the all-koa “Bard,” parlor guitar that I built under the mentorship of Jay Lichty. If you’ve followed this blog from its inception, you know that I experienced an astonishingly enjoyable, deeply moving, and educational six days in a one-on-one guitar building workshop at Lichty Handmade Guitars and Ukuleles. Each day brought new challenges, insights, and triumphs … and the occasional defeat, followed by a quick huddle with Jay and a miraculous save. I’ve come to understand the lutherie mantra, “It’s only a mistake if you can’t fix it.”
If you read to my finale in the building process, you were virtual witness to the emotion that I bore when for the very first time I played a note on an instrument that was the fruit of my own labor. Maybe more affecting was cradling in my arms and, most especially, hands an instrument whose dimensions I crafted to my own preferences. With Jay’s advice and insight, I even voiced the guitar to my preferences …
- Read the entire Encore post.
On John’s guitar, also including John’s review of the guitar building workshop (Note: expand the Playlist Tab in the top left corner to see all of the selections)
Never My Love played by Jay(Donald and Richard Addrisi)
Learn more about one-on-one and small group guitar and ukulele building workshops here at Lichty Guitar.
John Thomas is a brilliant writer/storyteller. As Field Editor for Fretboard Journal he captured the experience of building his own guitar at Lichty Guitars via daily posts to Fretboard Journal online. We invite you to look back and to read his entries from the beginning.
- Guitar Building Workshop with Jay Lichty: A Prelude
- Day One
- Day Two
- Day Three
- Day Four
- Day Five
And our follow up –
Fretboard Journal Field Editor – John Thomas
Read Kalamazoo Gals, John’s critically acclaimed book about the extraordinary women & Gibson’s Banner Guitars of World War II