Lichty Guitars – Our Story
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In our small luthier shop tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains Jay Lichty builds custom handmade acoustic guitars and ukuleles. His journey into lutherie came on the heels of a thirty-five year career as a custom home builder and carpenter. His love of playing music combined with these skills made for a natural transition into custom guitar and ukulele building.
What started as a hobby, building ukuleles out of the garage, hit overdrive once Jay built his first guitar under the guidance of Virginia luthier, Wayne Henderson. Further studies with Ervin Somogyi, Charles Fox and Tom Ribbecke helped influence his style. With over 250 ukuleles and guitars under his belt Jay continues to develop his craft.
In Jays words, “I have a deep respect for the builders and methods, both contemporary and past, but I also love to push the envelope by exploring new design ideas and wood selections. I feel each instrument has its own life and spirit. I typically build one at a time with the goal of helping each to reach its full potential. To me, full potential translates into an instrument that is exciting to all of the senses. I take pride in the fact that our ukuleles and guitars are enjoyed and played both professionally and by hobbyists all over the world.”
Jay’s one-of-a-kind instruments have been featured in numerous exhibits and have gained robust media coverage from features on CNBC to cover stories in award-winning publications like Garden & Gun, other periodicals and leading trade magazines.
While Jay works in his luthier shop, his wife and business partner, Corrie Woods, works on getting the word out. She manages all facets of promotion, including design and maintenance of the website, photography and media outreach. Together with their beloved shop dog Ziggy they make a great team.
Lichty Guitars’ Owners / Players
Lichty guitars and ukuleles have shipped to customers from Australia to California, from Kazakhstan to Nashville. While most of Jay’s customers are casual players, some Lichty players are well-known in their own right. Professional musicians who play and praise Lichty custom guitars and ukuleles include Bonnie Raitt, Geoff Achison, Randall Bramblett, Noah Guthrie, Kimo Hussey and many more.
Commitment to Quality and Customer Satisfaction
We want your Lichty guitar or ukulele to give you a lifetime of play and then some! Working with premium domestic and exotic woods and the finest materials, Jay crafts heirloom quality instruments one at a time. Most have been carefully designed in collaboration with the customer and crafted by Jay to their specifications to ensure that their finished custom guitar or custom ukulele fits like a glove; visually, aesthetically and tonally. Every Lichty guitar and ukulele carries a life-time warranty on workmanship and materials.
Lichty Giving Back Program
A core part of the mission at Lichty Guitars is to give back to the community, locally and globally. That give back happens in many ways, from helping to build awareness about organizations making a difference to the donation of Lichty handcrafted instruments for auction and raffle fund-raising campaigns. Learn More about Lichty Guitars’ Giving Back Program
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