Lichty Guitars Hosts a Geoff Achison Guitar Workshop
On June 18th ten lucky folks will have the extraordinary opportunity to participate in an acoustic guitar playing workshop with one of the top guitarists of our time, Australian guitarist/singer/songwriter Geoff Achison. This will be an afternoon to remember!
Spend two and a half hours in this small group setting getting tips and instruction from a musician who was named one of the Top Ten Hottest New Guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine in 2008. You'll find a sample of the long list of international awards and honors he has received below....
Acoustic Guitar Raffle for LEAF in 2011
Updated Post Oct 23rd, 2011
And the winner is ...
North Carolina luthier Jay Lichty builds heirloom quality one-of-a-kind custom guitars and ukuleles. Each year, as part of our Giving Back Program, we donate a Lichty Guitar to be raffled by LEAF, a non-profit organization established to build community and enrich lives through the Arts – locally & globally – with festivals, events, mentoring, and educational programs. We want you to know that when you buy a raffle ticket (tickets) you’ll not only have an opportunity to win a Lichty...
Handmade Left Handed Guitars
Though he is keeping very busy these days with custom orders, Jay has had on his mind for some time adding custom handmade left handed acoustic guitars and ukuleles to the Lichty line-up. As a step in that direction, Jay has begun work on a beautiful Indian Rosewood guitar with a Sinker Redwood top. The combination of amazing tap tone and a black pearl rosette sets the stage for an amazing left-handed guitar.
Features: OM body style with cutaway, Side Sound port, Indian Rosewood back, sides, binding, headplate, Sinker Redwood top, Black pearl rosette, Ebony fretboard...
Today begins the next one-on-one guitar building workshop here at Lichty Guitars. For the next ten days Jay will be working beside a lucky student as they both build guitars.
Choosing the perfect set of wood and getting the wood prepared is step one.
Jay current project: Sapele / Sitka Spruce Cutaway
Custom Brazilian Rosewood Tenor Ukulele - the curing stage begins
Haley Dreis Where My Heart Is
Haley's new video is live! Check out Where My Heart Is and while you enjoy the song you'll be supporting a great cause.
Here is a bit of background from Haley ... (oh, and take note of Haley's beautiful custom Lichty Guitar)
"As part of my USC Honors College thesis, I'll be campaigning a PETS, Inc., a no-kill animal shelter located in Columbia, SC. The shelter does a lot of great work mainly through the help of volunteers - rescuing animals and finding them homes and foster parents. I will feature the organization through the narrative of my video.
Why buy a custom acoustic guitar or ukulele from Lichty Guitars rather than a factory model?
There are some great factory built instruments out there but if you are looking for something really special and something that will inspire great music, Jay shares six reasons to buy a custom acoustic guitar or ukulele from Lichty Guitars.
The Right Wood for the Right Instrument
I love wood and the adventure in finding the very best selection for each guitar. Each piece is hand selected for its esthetic beauty, strength, integrity and tonal quality. Though I may choose Indian Rosewood (as an example)...
Lichty Hand Painted Guitars and Ukuleles
NC luthier Jay Lichty and artist Clark Hipolito recently met and collaborated on Mike Gossin's (of country music group Gloriana) dream guitar. Jay has crafted over 160 custom guitars and ukuleles which have shipped to folks in over 10 countries. Professional musicians who play custom Lichtys include Randall Bramblett, Bonnie Raitt, Geoff Achison, Kimo Hussey, Noah Guthrie and more. Clark is an incredibly talented artist whose work can been seen all over the map, from large interior design murals to musician Michael Franti’s guitar to beautifully painted...
In the shop (and out of the shop) Feb 5th ...
Most folks imagine every waking hour for a luthier is in his shop, and while that is pretty accurate, there is always the "taking care of business" and "taking care of fun" that are just as important. Here is a snap shot of this past week just to give you an idea:
Jay is working on a collaboration with artist Clark Hipolito (who painted Mike Gossin's guitar) and has two of four instruments prepped for Clark - a tenor ukulele and a curly Indian rosewood OM.
Two media encounters this week ...
Mike Gossin Custom Guitar - a Handmade Acoustic Guitar built by Jay Lichty with original artwork by Clark Hipolito
Watch YouTube of Mike receiving his new guitar
See Mike's guitar being built every step of the way
Features: Cocobolo back and sides, Sitka spruce top, curly maple binding, ebony fretboard and bridge, artwork by Clark Hipolito
My Lichty guitar is absolutely incredible! It feels beautiful to play and sounds so balanced, so phenomenal. Honestly it is the coolest guitar I have ever seen or played. I wanted this guitar to represent who I am and what I bring to the table as a musician....
Geoff Achison to play a Lichty Guitar for his US Tours
We are proud to announce that internationally acclaimed guitarist Geoff Achison has chosen NC luthier Jay Lichty to build a custom guitar for his North American tours. The collaboration is underway between Geoff and Jay as they design the perfect-fit guitar for Geoff.
While we've had an opportunity to see Geoff live on several occasions, we actually met up with him in the summer of 2010 at The Saluda Wine Cellar where he played an amazing intimate concert. Geoff took time after the performance to play a few of Jay's guitars and was genuinely...
Spanish Cedar Acoustic Guitar
Jay is constantly improving his craft and expanding upon the styles and designs of guitars and ukuleles he builds. He has been wanting to build a cutaway and this Spanish Cedar cutaway is his first. It all started as an experiment and the end result is one of the finest Lichty Guitars to date.
Features: Spanish cedar back and one side with mahogany for the other side, Englemann spruce top, ebony fretboard, coc0bolo bridge, cherry burl rosette and headplate, herringbone purfling, mahogany neck, Grover tuners.
Jay loves this guitar so much he has claimed this as one of his personal...
Jonathan Gray Heads Back Out of Tour
Charleston-based musician Jonathan Gray heads back out on international tour soon with Slow Runner and William Fitzsimmons. Though Jonathan's primary instrument on tour is electric and acoustic bass, we are thrilled he has a Lichty in his collection. Jonathan's custom Lichty guitar is a hormigo dreadnought.
There is something very powerful about playing a custom-made Lichty Guitar. I know each piece of wood and each component was selected with me in mind, Knowing luthier Jay Lichty, I know there is a tremendous amount of heart...
You mean it's not too late to buy a handmade guitar or ukulele for the perfect Christmas/Holiday gift?
Yes! there is still time.
Given all our instruments are shipped overnight this time of year, December 22nd is the last day for you to capture a guitar or ukulele as a holiday gift if you require shipping. Orders must be in by midnight Tuesday.
December 24th is the last day if you come to our shop. * Please call ahead for appointment.
A Guitar Buyers Guide Interview with Lichty Guitars
Jachin Letwory's website, A Guitar Buyers Guide focuses on three primary areas: Guitar Reviews, Interviews with Guitar Builders, and info about online guitar lessons. I like this about http://www.aguitarbuyersguide.com. It is a straightforward site that offers interesting and informative information and there are frequent updates keeping content fresh.
When you stop by to check out his site we hope you'll pull up the recent interview Jachin did with Jay about Lichty Guitars.
You can read the full interview here
Lichty/Hipolito collaboration on Mike Gossin's Guitar
Update: Check out the latest Lichty / Hipolito Collaboration
On Wednesday, Dec 1st, in the dark of the night, a car pulled up outside Lichty Guitars' shop door. Out stepped this guy who unloaded a cart and began rolling it towards our door. Yes, it can get pretty interesting around here. For the next 14 hours really crazy things happened in the shop. When the sun came up (and then some) there was a staggeringly cool custom paint job on country music super-star Mike Gossin of Gloriana's custom Lichty Guitar. It all sounds a bit under-wraps,...
Handcrafted Honduran Mahogany Dreadnought Guitar
For the many folks who fell in love with one very special Lichty Curly Maple Dreadnought this guitar may be of real interest. Every note is so distinct and yet the full sound is incredibly well blended and balanced.
Features: Dreadnought size. Honduran Mahogany back and sides, Englemann Spruce top, Herringbone Rosette, Tortoise shell binding,Ebony fretboard, Brazilian Rosewood bridge, Camel bone bridge
See all currently available handmade acoustic guitars for sale
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Sinker Redwood Ukulele Treasure
Sinker Redwood Tenor Ukulele: Back, sides and top Sinker Redwood, Curly Koa binding, shell inlay, Bubinga fretboard.
To understand how excited we are about this latest Lichty Ukulele you'll need to know a bit of the background that led up to an instrument that has knocked our socks off.
The story of the Sinker Redwoods is a story of surprise and of reclamation. For years no one even knew that some of the biggest, greatest redwood trees, felled by hand more than a century ago, sank on their float trip down the river to the mill....
Haley Dreis News
We are excited to share the latest news from Haley Dreis. She is writing and recording great new music and her second album is even in the works. Here are just a few of the highlights ...
All For You (Single), Original by Haley Dreis - thank you Haley for providing a free download!
We are keeping a watchful eye out as Haley is gearing up for her second album and we can't wait. See and hear more and keep posted on her latest concert schedule by visiting www.haleydreismusic.com, http://www.facebook.com/haleydreis, and http://www.youtube.com/user/haleydreis
Mike Gossin Guitar Underway
A Custom Acoustic Lichty Guitar is underway for Mike Gossin
Earlier this year Jay built a custom guitar for Tom Gossin. The guitar is a Cocobolo dream (one of Jay's favorites) and Tom has been playing it and inspired by it during his Nashville songwriting sessions. Recently Mike Gossin, Tom's brother, called to talk over ideas for his custom Lichty Guitar and ever since that conversation Jay has been looking forward to the day when he could dive in and begin building it. That day has come!
As a collaboration of ideas and talents this guitar is inspired by Mike....
Sotheby's Reside Magazine Features Lichty Guitars
We are excited to announce the fall 2010 issue of RESIDE® magazine, a publication of Sotheby's International Realty, features Lichty Handmade Guitars! Here is a bit of information about this beautiful publication from their website:
Life takes place where you RESIDE…
RESIDE® magazine, a publication presented by the Sotheby’s International Realty® network celebrates the creative world of home, art and living. Each issue of RESIDE includes our property "Gallery" which provides a glimpse into some of the most inspiring & distinctive...