Instrument 100 Gets Strings at Lichty Guitars
* March 2015 Update – We are excited to announce that you have an chance to win this very special guitar. This instrument will be raffled to help raise funds and awareness for LEAF on October 18th, 2015. Learn more …
Jay built his very first instrument, a tenor ukulele, back in the summer of 2009 with basic carpentry tools in our garage. It was just for fun. There was a break in his home contracting business (we later realized we were witnessing the housing market grinding to a halt) so building a uke became a project to satisfy his passion for playing this new-found instrument. One ukulele led to another and then to another. As the story goes, just months after Jay built that first instrument he had the good fortune to be one of four participants in a guitar building workshop held at Tryon Arts & Crafts and taught by master luthier Wayne Henderson. That first guitar turned out to be incredible. The day that Wayne’s workshop ended Jay began building a real shop and dove into building guitars and ukuleles full-time. That was in the fall of 2009.
When he built that first instrument we had no idea just how much our lives were about to change. The launch of Lichty Guitars created dream jobs for both Jay and I. Being a luthier is the ultimate career for Jay, blending his love of music with his talents working with his hands. As he has been crafting beautiful instruments I have had an opportunity to play with and hone a few passions of my own – photography, web design and collaborative marketing.
It is hard to say what the high points have been so far because there have been so many. I think at the top of the list would be the relationships we have forged with so many amazing and talented people. Just as Lichty Guitars has been gaining national and even international recognition, so too have many of our friends who are professional musicians and who play Lichty Guitars and ukuleles. Too, many of our customers/friends chose a Lichty as a way of inspiring the casual playing that they do at home. Either way, whether it is happening on a stage in a packed stadium or while sitting on a living room couch, when we know musicians are experiencing joy playing their Lichty guitar/ukulele we experience joy. It really doesn’t get any better than that.
Instrument 100 is a special instrument indeed. It is the first in the Lichty Diamond Series, featuring new innovations in Lichty guitar top bracing. Jay recently spent time with master luthier Ervin Somogyi while attending his Voicing a Guitar Workshop. The design for this new soundboard bracing pattern was inspired by the time he spent in Ervin’s shop in California.
Listen to how she sounds …
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