Queen City Exclusive, Charlotte’s luxury lifestyle magazine, features Carolina Luthiers
While we image the folks in Charlotte pace the sidewalks by their mailboxes in anticipation of each month’s issue of Queen City Exclusive, if you live outside the Queen City you may not be familiar with this publication. We think it is worth everyone knowing about! That the editors chose to feature five of North Carolina’s top luthiers in the May/June 2012 issue is just one of the reasons.
Queen City Exclusive focuses on living the good life in Charlotte and its appeal stretches to readers who reside way beyond the city limits. Every issue is brimming with luscious photography and hearty content. You can find reviews on regional travel and restaurants, in-depth features on organizations making a different and the latest tips on everything from libations to fashions. Complementing the print publication is a dynamic website.
This publication sits comfortably on our coffee table beside the likes of Garden and Gun magazine, WNC Magazine and Fretboard Journal. All are beautifully designed and offer great reading cover to cover, and yet each has something unique to offer.
The May/June 2012 issue is of particular note because it includes a story on five of the top luthiers in North Carolina. The article is enjoyable reading and while we specifically loved the piece on our very own Jay Lichty, it was also wonderful to read about other area talents. (Note, the beautiful ukulele in the opening page is a custom Lichty ukulele!)
“If you want a Martin, go buy a Martin. They’re damn fine guitars. Hell, they’ve been making them for over 175 years. For some they’re the perfect guitar. However for the collector and the player alike, there is nothing that compares to the feeling of playing a guitar that is made specifically for you.
Luthiers are a special breed of people. They don’t build guitars for the money, and they definitely don’t build them for the accolades. Instead they design and construct unique and personal pieces of playable art for their clients because they love music, they love the process, and they are passionate about the way a guitar comes to life. From selecting the tonewoods and designing the body to shaping the neck, the process is intricate and time consuming. Only the most skilled craftsmen attempt to tackle instruments. We met five of North Carolina’s highest caliber guitar makers to discuss the many aspects of their specializes industry, learn about what drives them, what makes a great guitar, and much more…”
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