In the Luthier Shop with Tom Ribbecke
Jay is just back from California where he worked alongside renowned luthier Tom Ribbecke for three days learning, being inspired and having serious fun! This all came about thanks, in part, to the folks at the Guild of American Luthiers. At the GAL Convention this summer out in Tacoma, Wa. Jay bid on, and won, a workshop with Tom as part of the annual auction.
As most guitar builders know, Tom Ribbecke is one of THE dudes when it come to luthiery. He has been kicking up dust and polishing up masterpieces for well over 40 years. His contributions to guitar...
Posted by: Corrie
October 26, 2014
Sunrise, sunset, a ukulele and a luthier
Where does a luthier get his inspiration?
Right outside our door and just up the road ...
Learn more about NC custom guitar/ukulele builder builder Jay Lichty ...
Posted by: Corrie
August 11, 2014
Luthier, a day in the life of Jay Lichty at Lichty Guitars
Life stays interesting for this NC luthier. Jay operates a one-man shop and while his primary craft is building custom guitars and ukuleles, there are always other projects underway. Today seems a perfect storm of every type of project Jay works on so it's a good day to give you a snapshot of a day in the life of this luthier.
August 11, 2014 ...
Today we are not sure if we are coming or going and given business is robust, we can't complain.
In one corner of the shop is a handcrafted violin that found its way to us in need of refinishing....
Raffle Kick-Off Party April 21st – Join Us For The Fun!
Handcrafted Guitars & Ukuleles, Flights of Wonderful Wines, the 2011 Raffle Guitar, LEAF and Great Company!
It's almost time for the official start of the 2011 raffle of a Lichty Guitar to benefit LEAF (www.theleaf.org). As a fun way to get the ball rolling we've teamed up with LEAF and with The Wine Studio of Asheville to create a special kick-off event that will include handmade guitars and ukuleles, flights of great wine, great company and a great time! Reserve your tickets and then grab your friends and join us April 21st for...
Ukulele Hunt Interview With Jay Lichty
If you love ukuleles, you've got to love this site!
Ukulele Hunt is well laid-out, super easy to navigate and is packed full of tips, resources, links and how-to's for all level of ukulele players. Just be prepared to stay awhile because once you arrive you'll find it's hard to leave.
How to Play Ukulele (I suppose you'd call it a sister site) is the place to go for straight-forward instruction via a variety of e-books.
A bit of a taste ...
Ukulele History: a Brief and Inaccurate Guide
Now, we'd be remiss if we did not share with...
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...
When Jay was asked to come into the schools to share a bit about being a luthier with area fifth graders, he loved the idea. As the Artist in Residence for March at OP Earle School in Landrum Jay will be giving some lucky fifth graders a look inside guitars and inside the craft of being a luthier. By combining a hands-on experience of guitars in construction with the students, a slide show presentation and a bit of live music it should be a fun and inspiring class. He recently played a selection of Lichty handcrafted guitars and ukuleles at a school function and will be at the school on March...
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
Ukulele News from Lichty Guitars
While Jay is keeping busy with custom guitar orders (currently in line: a custom guitar for Geoff Achison, a Brazilian Rosewood Dreadnought, and a Pau Ferro/Sinker Redwood OM, to name a few) he is also on a ukulele-building high!
Recent ukuleles have shipped to NC and to Maine and current custom projects include a Brazilian Rosewood / Curly Redwood tenor bound for LA and a Brazilian Rosewood tenor - destination Indiana. One of these days he will be building a special ukulele for himself!
With all the uke happenings we thought it might be a good idea to round-up...
A Thesis on Acoustic Guitar Bracing ...brings a new visitor to the shop
When Cory called Jay to see if he could come do an interview we had no idea just how interesting the visit would be. As a graduate student at Western Carolina University Cory is working on a thesis of particular interest to us. It's a study of how different kinds of bracing impact the tonal quality of acoustic guitars. As part of his research he spent some time in the luthier shop with Jay, learning a bit about the structure of a Lichty Guitar. It was a great visit and we look forward to learning what his research reveals!
Internationally acclaimed ukulele master Kimo Hussey will be giving concerts and ukulele playing workshops in the Carolinas in early November. First stop - a workshop in Asheville Nov. 6th. Learn more ...