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: cwoods
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: cwoods
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!
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)...
Spartanburg Magazine is a gem of a publication
It is a big, glossy, beautiful quarterly magazine that captures the beat and the stories of our corner of the Carolinas. The spring 2011 issue is 109 packed pages featuring profiles on local people (from students traveling the world to an astrophysicist to an equestrian super-star), fine cuisine, fitness, engaging tales of first jobs and so much more. From cover to cover, articles and photographs mirror the richness and robustness of the Spartanburg experience.
Of special note in this latest issue is a feature on Lichty Guitars, written by Editor,...
Who is Jay Lichty?
In his own words ...
I love every step of building an instrument, from choosing the best wood, to hand carving the inside bracing, to stringing them up. When I play those first few notes, or better yet, hear someone else play those first few notes and see the smile on his or her face, well now – that’s my favorite part!
I’ve been playing music for over thirty years. In the early days I was a bluegrass banjo picker. Over the years I’ve spread out musically to include electric banjo, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, ukulele and electric bass. I’ve...
Custom Ukulele Review by Craig Turner: Pau Ferro Tenor.
We've got the best customers in the world! Honestly, each and every one is a delight to work with, inspires us to do our finest work and brightens our day.
Here is an example: When custom ukulele owner Craig Turner shared the following review of his brand new pau ferro tenor ukulele with the educated forum participants of the Ukulele Underground we were over-the-top excited. Craig actually drove 4 or so hours to the shop the day we met him. He was coming to learn more about our ukuleles with the thought in the back of his mind of having...
Handmade Guitars and Photography
We know that Nancy MacDonald is an incredible massage therapist because Jay and I frequently enjoy the benefits of her work!. We discovered that she has great eyes which translates into her being an amazing photographer. This past Saturday we learned one more thing about Nancy. She is a great host for a fun event!
A standing-room-only crowd gathered at Nancy's Healing Arts Institute in Hendersonville, NC on 2/12. This collaborative event featured an opening of Nancy's photographic works, a collection of Lichty handcrafted guitars & ukuleles to be picked...
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...
Guitar Builder's Shop
Folks often ask - "I'd love to see your shop. May I come by?"
The answer ...
We'd love for you to visit ! Just call ahead to make an appointment.
You never know what project may be on the luthier's bench on any given day or who may be visiting and that's what makes a visit to the shop so cool. Perhaps Jay is opening and stacking the latest shipment of wood, is building a new jig, carving bracing for a ukulele or, if you are really lucky, he is putting the strings on the latest guitar and playing the first tune.
You'll have an opportunity to visit with Jay, see the behind...
Local Luthier Brings Wood Back to Life
Journalist Maureen Smith knows how to do an interview and, more importantly, how to translate that into great copy. A recent piece of hers was published in The News Leader (Landrum, SC) and the Polk News (Columbus, NC) on Lichty Guitars. We are pleased to share it.
Local Luthier Brings Wood Back to Life
By Maureen Smith
Jay Lichty has a way with woods. Not just any woods like pine or oak. We're talking exotic woods with barely pronounceable names like bubinga, cocobolo, and Pau Ferro.
Lichty is one of those people who revels in making...