Acoustic Guitar Photography
As International Guitar Month draws to a close a feature highlighting samples of acoustic guitar photography seems in order. I find it fascinating and challenging, every time I step behind the camera, to capture on a flat image just how beautiful a Lichty Guitar is.
Click on the image below to see our Acoustic Guitar Photography Galleries
To learn more about a beautiful book filled with more images of stunning handcrafted guitars look to:
Hand Made, Hand Played, The Art & Craft of Contemporary Guitars by Robert Shaw
Guitar Artwork Shines in Birds of a Feather Summer Art Exhibit in Wilmington, NC
“Birds of a Feather,” a special exhibition featuring artist Clark Hipolito’s original artwork on Lichty handcrafted guitars, ukuleles and Will Allison surfboards, will open on Friday, June 10, at Deluxe restaurant in downtown Wilmington, NC.
The title of the exhibition, “Birds Of A Feather,” reflects the collaboration between Raleigh, NC-based artist Hipolito, surfboard shaper Will Allison of Wilmington, and luthier Jay Lichty of Tryon – the three North Carolina artists/craftsmen who have...
Guitar Related Companies Give Back
There is such a spirit of giving in the music community at large and this spirit is celebrated yet again in today's post for International Guitar Month. We'd like to highlight four companies who have generously donated items/services to benefit the 2011 LEAF Guitar Raffle. As many of you know, one lucky winner will receive a beautiful handcrafted Lichty Guitar and a fabulous Guitar Gift Package. This package is made possible because of the participation and support of the following companies:
We met owner and creator Kara Garrett at the 2010 fall...
Build an Acoustic Guitar Workshop
This week we enjoyed a truly special time here at Lichty Guitars. After days of hard work learning each and every step of building a guitar along side Jay in the shop, Aaron Dyer put the strings on his very own handcrafted guitar. It is the first Dyer Guitar and we know it won't be the last.
Watch the video: Build an Acoustic Guitar Workshop
Learn more about guitar building workshops at Lichty Guitars here
Michael Reno Harrell
It just doesn't get any better than the tales, wisdom, wit and guitar melodies that Southern songwriter and storyteller Michael Reno Harrell weaves for his captive audiences.
About Michael - courtesy of www.michaelreno.com
"Michael Reno Harrell is an award-winning songwriter, as well as a veteran storyteller and entertainer, and he’s from the South… the Southern Appalachian Mountains to hone it a bit finer.
In Concert at CoMMA, the
City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium
One could compare Michael's performances to his granddaddy's pocket knife: well...
Open Jam with Lichty Guitars
Here is what happens when you've got an assortment of handcrafted Lichty Guitars on hand
a group of talented musicians and super nice folks
a wonderful host, Nancy MacDonald of The Healing Arts Institute
and an Open Jam
It was a great evening!
Many thanks to Nancy and to everyone who joined us.
International Guitar Month - The Building of an Acoustic Guitar
There is something cool that happens when a Lichty guitar player learns just what goes into the building of their custom guitar. We are often told that their deeper understanding of the care and craft behind the construction of their guitar translates into a richer playing experience.
For all you guitar players out there, whether you've got a Lichty or a Gibson, a Collings or a Martin, we'd like to take you on the journey of a custom Lichty being built. You may never play your guitar the same way again!
Erik Olsen Short Film - Made...
Custom Brazilian Rosewood Tenor Ukulele - Pure Elegance!
Julie worked with Jay on the design of her custom Brazilian Rosewood uke and their shared vision resulted in a fabulous instrument - beautiful, rich tone and beautiful to hold.
I received my custom tenor uke from Jay Lichty of Lichty Guitars several weeks ago and I have to say it is my favorite sounding and playing uke of my collection. It’s a masterpiece in workmanship and sound. I love it! - Julie Strietelmeier. UkuleleReview.com
Features: Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Curly redwood top, ebony fretboard and bridge, koa binding,...
International Guitar Month Doug Lancio
There are so many musicians whose work and talents make good music great. Doug Lancio is one of these.
Though he may not be as well known as some of the folks he teams up, Doug Lancio is a brilliant guitarist and Nashville producer whose skills and sheer talent fuel the powerful vibe both in the studio and on stage of such greats as John Hiatt, Patty Griffin, Nancy Griffin and many others.
Because he is a behind the scenes kind of guy it's hard to catch Doug in the spotlight but countless Nashville musicians look to Doug to contribute to their tracks and their...
Spring has sprung here is Tryon and activity in the shop is buzzing.
We love having visitors stop by the shop and admittedly we love it even more when they head home with a guitar in hand that they have fallen in love it. We had the great pleasure of meeting Will and his daughter Sally this weekend. They are super nice folks and we know this guitar will have the best of homes.
The latest custom Brazilian Rosewood Guitar is coming along quite beautifully.
Jay has just finished up the built of a special custom project that includes a LR Bags Pickup - sounds incredible!
International Guitar Month Acoustic Guitar Forum
There is a difference between flipping the pages of a magazine, clicking thorough a website and participating in discussions. They all have their place and Acoustic Guitar is an example of a publisher providing this kind of multi-layer knowledge portal for guitar enthusiasts. While many of you may have picked up a copy of Acoustic Guitar Magazine before and enjoyed a good read, you might want to check out joining the online community. The diversity of topics covered is enormous and it is a great place to get questions answered, connect with like-minded...
International Guitar Month - Join a Jam
Listening to live music gets you tapping your toes and feeling it way down into your bones in a way that recorded music just can't.
For International Guitar Month why not grab your local paper and check out the calendar for your local music scene. Get out and see and hear an old favorite or experience someone completely new to you.
In our neck of the woods the possibilities are plentiful and include two upcoming events that invite folks to grab their instruments and play along.
The KingPup Radio Show Log Cabin Music Series
Beginning April 10th...
International Guitar Month - Guitar Lessons
Looking to take your playing to the next level?
There are so many ways for guitarists to learn new tricks and techniques and we are not about to even scratch the surface with this post. Our goal is really just to spotlight a few possibilities and to get your wheels turning. Here are six resources for kicking your guitar playing up a notch, from online learning to live guitar workshops:
1) An obvious (though much overlooked place) to find a wealth of great instructions videos is a good old search on YouTube.
2) Virtual Woodshed - An ever-expanding...
It's hard to keep up with all the news about Gloriana these days. After 2010 - a year of awards, hits, international tours and packed stadiums they have blazed into 2011 hotter than ever. From joining all the Motown greats for a performance at the White House (an amazing soulful performance you can view thanks to PBS.org), to Mr Tom Gossin flashing his sexy side in a spread in Cosmopolitan Magazine, to the new release climbing the charts, "Wanna Take You Home," 2011 promises to be their best year yet.
"Wanna Take You Home" is the first release of a new album that will be out later in the year....
April is International Guitar Month
How can a guitar luthier ignore this? Of course Lichty Guitars can't. It's just too ripe with lots of cool possibilities.
Here we go sharing a post a day for each day of this month for guitar lovers.
Thanks to the TrueFire.com community we feel a great way to kick this off is with their list of 100+Gifted Guitarists You Should Know. You'll see familiar faces and lots of players that may be new to you. The list highlights electric and acoustic pros from all walks of the music world - all good stuff.
100+ Gifted Guitarists You Should Know
New sets of wood are arriving daily at Lichty Guitars to ensure our customers have a large selection of premium grade woods to select custom instruments from. Here are some of the newest additions:
A special note about Ancient Kauri
While this wood has a beautiful sheen and glow it is exceedingly hard to capture this in a photograph. It is elusive to say the least and I am considering this my next great photography challenge. Use your imagination and you'll see why we are particularly fond of this wood.
Check our Tonewood Galleries to see all sets:
Ukulele Review - Julie Strietelmeier Orders a Custom Lichty Ukulele
When someone as way cool in the world of ukuleles as Julie Strietelmeier dials Jay up and says, I've got to have a custom Lichty, we get pretty excited. Julie is the gal behind the website Ukulele Review, which is yet another great site for ukulele fans. The mix of postings include instrument reviews, a heads-up on fun uke videos and much more. Definitely swing by and check it out.
Here is a bit about Julie, in her own words (from the site) ... My name is Julie Strietelmeier and I’m obsessed with...
Custom Ukulele Fuels Magical Collaboration
Jay and I have just returned from a magic show presented by Asheville magician Bill Grimsley (www.billgrimsley.com)at one of our local schools. Now, I admit, hanging out in the gym with elementary kids, watching scarves turn into doves and doves into bunnies is not something we would normally be doing in the middle of the day but we had a blast. If you are wondering what the heck this has to do with Lichty Guitars read on.
Many of you may have read our past posts regarding an LA magician who commissioned a custom ukulele and in turn (as a thank you)...
Handmade Brazilian Rosewood Tenor Ukulele
This ukulele is another beauty that Jay has crafted and it, and the special person who commissioned it have been a catalyst for some very cool things.There is a story behind a story here that is about giving back to the community that we invite you to read. Custom Ukulele Fuels Magical Collaboration
Low G Tenor, Brazilian rosewood back, sides and headplate, Curly redwood top, Koa with Mother of Pearl binding/purfling, Ebony fretboard and bridge, Mother of Pearl rosette
Click here to see images of this dream ukulele being built step by step