Harrisburgh, PA—April 14-16, 2023Learn more and get your tickets
Featuring world-class handcrafted guitars and the eminently skilled guitar makers who craft them. This includes magnificent archtop and flattop guitars, along with the occasional solid-body guitar built by the finest craftsmen in the world. In addition to guitar-makers, our exhibitor base includes presenters who produce only the highest quality products, including humidity-controlled guitar habitats, handcrafted guitar stands, carbon fiber instrument cases, and amplifiers that will satisfy even the most critical ear.
Nashville, TN—February 24-25, 2023
Description of the event and primary event planners, Tom Bukovac, Greg Voros, Jack Rauch, and others. A deep dive into all things guitars. Celebrating the instrument, the makers, the performers, and you.
Chicago, IL August 24-26, 2023Learn more
FOR THREE DAYS, CHICAGO’S OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC WILL BE TRANSFORMED INTO AN ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC GUITAR LOVER’S PARADISE.
All-access tickets include admission to all the concerts and workshops. We’ve also created the Midwest’s largest showcase of handmade and boutique guitars, with luthiers exhibiting their creations. Here’s your chance to meet the guitar world’s innovators and virtuosos. Curated by the acclaimed Fretboard Journal magazine, the Fretboard Summit is a gathering unlike any other, a celebration of great guitar players and makers.
Choose from dozens of music workshops, panel discussions on guitar collecting and construction, and hands-on displays with some of the greatest luthiers alive today. Plus, jam rooms, pop-up exhibitions, rare vintage instruments, and other surprises. Folks are encouraged to bring their favorite guitar and be part of this truly unique weekend.
Jake Shimabukuro CampLearn more & Register
June 26-29, 2023
Pete Huttlinger CampLearn more & Register
July 31 - August 3, 2023
Andy McKee CampLearn More & Register
August 9-12, 2023
Tommy Emmanuel, CGP CampLearn more & Register
September 21-21, 2023
Instrument Building Instruction
Visit Lutherie Academy
The most comprehensive lutherie instructional video courses available on the internet, curated and developed by Robbie O'Brien of O’Brien Guitars. These instructional courses by Robbie and other world-renowned luthiers have been created and made available over the last 15 years.
Learn more about the Galloup School
We’ve been quiet over the past few months but much has been in the works. Bryan has initiated a complete review of the school’s curriculum and has integrated new topics paving the way for the next chapter at the Galloup School.
Visit the Luthier's Edge
The Luthier’s EDGE combines highly detailed online guitar-building courses with personal 1-on-1 support from master luthier Tom Bills to help you better understand the guitar and its workings. This wholistic approach empowers you to grow beyond the basic DIY step-by-step approach, to start making educated choices, and become a confident and highly skilled luthier, producing your own unique and exceptional guitars in a shorter amount of time.
Visit the Marc Adams School
The Marc Adams School of Woodworking offers many classes on acoustic instrument making. Check out the website for more info and use your Acoustic Rewards to apply towards any of these great classes. But hurry, classes fill up fast.
ArtistWorks' mission is to "Teach the World Music" with their patented Video Exchange® Learning Platform. ArtistWorks is dedicated to providing anyone, anywhere in the world, with affordable, interactive access to some of the greatest music teachers in the world. Any instrument, any style. Learn from your favorite musicians and start playing at a higher level.
Visit Michael Watts Lessons
Michael specializes in touch, tone creation, and expressive playing and is more than happy to look in detail at anything he's written. Lessons are 45 minutes! Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to get some private time with one of the best.
Visit Strings By Mail
EVERY TYPE OF STRING YOU CAN IMAGINE, capos, tuners, and every other accessory for your acoustic instrument.
Tools and Supplies
Visit Luthiers Merchantile
A vast inventory of luthier supplies and tonewoods at Luthiers Mercantile
2Sand.com, the internet's premier supplier of sanding belts, sand belt, sanding discs, 16 x 48 sanding belt and sanding supplies.
A & M Wood Specialty Inc. variety of tonewoods.
Acoustic Woods Ltd. Hand pick your own Tonewoods online; variety of back and sides and soundboards to choose from.
Airware America respirators, other health and safety equipment.
Alaska Specialty Woods, “Woods for the world’s music, in harmony with the land.” Sitka spruce, Western red cedar, Alaska yellow cedar, Western hemlock and red alder; all acquired from old growth, salvage, dead and down timber on public and private lands; none from clear cutting operations.
Albertidesign, Violin, guitar and bow making tools of our own design. Unique tools for professional builders and restorers.
Allen Guitars East Indian rosewood, Sitka and German spruce, red cedar, maple, Honduras mahogany, ebony, tail pieces, resophonic parts, shell, rosettes.
Allied Electronics comprehensive.
Allied Lutherie Ltd variety of tonewoods, rosettes, veneers, shell.
Allparts bridges, pickups, pickguards, tuners.
Allred & Associates, Inc. carving machines for archtops and necks.
Alpentonholz provides best European spruce (picea abies) as well as figured malpe (acer pseudoplatanus) from Bosnia and Germany to customers worldwide.
Anderson Musical Instrument Insurance Solutions, LLC. Lutherie insurance.
Antique Electronic Supply has the largest supply of new old stock and current production vacuum tubes in the world. Also has an enormous supply of parts, supplies and literature for your vacuum tube equipment.
Aqua Blue Maui, LLC shell, laminates.
Australian Luthiers Supplies, tonewoods and parts. Located in Mount Tamborine, Australia.
Axes ‘R’ Us guitar parts UK, new and used, online store.
L.R. Baggs pickups, transducers, pre-amps.
Balsam Banjoworks, banjo hardware all made in the USA.
Maderas Barber S.L. variety of tonewoods, rosettes. Located in Spain.
Barbera Transducer Systems, ultra high performance pickups with separate transducers for each string for violin, electric violins, cello, electric cellos, upright bass and electric upright bass.
Best Guitar Parts, a variety of parts for electric guitars and basses.
Bitterroot Guitars is a retail and wholesale supplier a mid to upper mid quality parts for builders.
Bjorn Industries hide glue only, many grades, min. order 5 lbs. (carries Milligan and Higgins — see below).
JS Bogdanovich Guitars, woodworking DVDs, hand plane kits and tools.
Boone Trading Company offer a comprehensive selection of legal raw new and fossil ivory and scrimshaw for collectors and craftspeople.
David Borson Maximum Yield Resawing, your fine woods cut precisely to maximize the yield of usable slices.
Bow River Specialty Woods supplying all your to lutherie needs, figured hardwoods, quality softwood tonewoods, structural and decorative parts for stringed instruments of all varieties.
Brenner USA. Custom machine shop offering piezo hybrid guitar conversion saddles, and custom machined guitar hardware including tremelos, B+G benders, and adjustable height roller nuts.
Bridge City Tool Works exquisite hand woodworking tools.
Bulldog UK are suppliers of new and used sheet metal working machinery, specialists in rollforming folding and coil processing.
BWC Company is the leading online reseller of hard to find finishing products.
Canadian Ivory offers walrus and narwhal ivory for carvers and knifemakers as whole tusks or pieces of varying sizes and shapes.
Carvin electric guitar components, 5/8" dome knobs, pickups, preamps, bridges.
Centerpiece Tonewoods Corporation, tonewoods.
Commercial Forest Products, various exotic woods.
Constantine’s veneers, kits, hand tools, full line of finishing products including their own brand, Hydrocote, Behlen. Glues including Hot Stuff,™ Excel polyurethane glue, Gorilla, hide, hand tools, full line of finishing products including their own brand, Hydrocote, Behlen. Glues including Hot Stuff,™ Excel polyurethane glue, Gorilla, hide, shell, wood inlay.
Cook Woods specializing in exotic hardwoods of the world.
Countryman Associates condenser microphones only.
cureUV.com is a supplier of UV guitar and wood finishing products.
Custom Pearl Inlay inlay materials and tools.
DePaule Supply shell Blanks, Pre-Cut Inlays, Pearl Nuts & Saddles and more, NO MINIMUM ORDER. Still shipping International.
Diefenbacher Tools specializes in hand tools for woodworkers. They have a growing catalog of edge tools specifically designed for instrument making.
DiMarzio magnetic pickups.
Distinctive Timbers Tasmania - Tasmanias largest range of fine Timber and Tonewood’s - www.buytasmaniantimbersonline.com.au - www.distinctivetimbers.com.au
Duke of Pearl, for over 40 years the world's leading supplier of shell for inlay, and co-inventor of Abalam.
Jim Dunlop Manufacturing, USA, fretwire.
Eady Guitars. Repair, finish and custom guitar building.
The Early Music Shop. Early musical instruments, kits, etc.
Elderly Instruments tuners, bridges, banjo and resonator guitar parts.
ELEVATE carries unique, professional-grade tools specifically made for luthiers, plus products and services.
EMG also piezo.
Exotic Woods Company Inc. ebony, rosewoods, maples, inlays.
Exotic Woods Zone supplies guitar products like ebony and rosewood fingerboard, bridges, headplates, neck wood, rosewood Back & Sides etc.
Fake 58, specialising in reproduction parts for vintage electric guitars.
Fiddleback Woodshack, acoustic and electric parts
Fishman Transducers also magnetic pickups.
Lindy Fralin magnetic pickups.
Flying Pig Music is a retail music store that carries a wide selection of new and used guitar parts online. They have been in business for over 10 years and ship nationwide.
Galco Industrial Electronics - comprehensive.
Gamut Music Inc - high quality handmade gut strings for a variety of instruments.
Gemini, carbon fiber reinforcements and luthier tools.
Gilbert Tuners classical guitar tuners.
Gilmer Wood Company exotic and domestic hardwoods, cedars, spruces.
GJ Tonewood, LLC. Offers a wide variety of tonewoods (your local source for Ebony, Rosewood and Redwood), cigar boxes and supplies for luthiers. We are adding more and more every week. No minimum order….we work with luthiers of all sizes!
Gluboost, Best in Class line of guitar repair and build products including GluDry Non Blushing Accelerator, Both Flexible and Structural CA products, Full array of Mix + Match Tints, as well as unique build and repair accessory items.
Goby Walnut Products figured claro walnut, English walnut.
Gore Guitars, book.
GoStrings LLC. offers viola strings, viola outfits, bow cases and other musical accessories from some of the best brands at low shipping rates.
C.A. Götz, Jr. variety of tonewoods.
Grainger offers a variety of safety products, material handling, industrial supplies and more.
Graphic Transfer high speed engraving/carving tools and supplies.
Griffin Exotic Wood, we supply ebony, african blackwood, snakewood fretboards, and 65 other types of exotic wood.
Guitar Parts USA sells replacement parts for guitars that copy the Fender® Stratocaster® and Fender Telecaster® and Gibson® guitars. They are high quality import guitar parts suitable for repair and replacement.
Gurian Instruments veneers, parts, laminates, laser related products, purflings, bindings, custom laminates.
HB Steel, Harry Brainum, Jr. Inc. providers of Quality Steel Products, HVAC duct, coils, diamond plate, cold rolled steel, galvanized steel & galvanized sheet metal supplier. Place an order for products online.
Hawaiian Hardwoods Direct, the premier source for Hawaiian tonewoods. Curly Koa and Curly Mango guitar sets and ukulele sets. They also supply various other luthier, and turning supplies.
Hibdon Hardwood, Inc. Honduras mahogany, Spanish cedar, various rosewoods.
Highlander Musical Audio Products custom pickups for guitars and other instruments.
High Mountain Tonewood Company, Stika, Engelmann and White spruce, Red and Yellow Cedar and Paper Birch. Located in Terrace, British Colombia, Canada.
Hipshot Products multiple tuning bridges, bass extender keys, special tuners.
Howard Core, wholesaler of stringed instruments and accessories, and also offer a full line of luthier supplies.
Inlay Banding, variety of bandings made from genuine hardwoods.
Inlay Product World wood inlay, marquetry.
International Violin Co., Ltd. variety of tonewoods, specialty tools for luthiers, oil and spirit varnish, Micro-mesh® abrasives, purflings, bow inlay.
Tom Jones custom pickups for guitars and other instruments.
K&K Sound Systems custom transducer sytems, all stringed insturments.
Karura Cases makes custom carbon fiber guitar flight cases for acoustic guitars.
Klingspor Woodworking Shop, abrasives, tools, and finishes for woodworkers. Also offers a line of both domestic and exotic veneers and woods.
Koality Woods, supply koa ukulele and koa guitar instrument sets for both acoustic and electric guitars.
Kremer Pigments, Inc. artists’ supply (including wood finishing): pigments, shellacs, resins, oils, varnishes, hide glues, books.
KSM Guitars, bass bridge.
Lee Valley, luthier tools and supplies.
Lemur Music, specializing in the Double Bass. They carry endpins, bridges, tailpieces, soundposts, tuning machines, pick ups, strings...everything for the Double Bassist.
Luthier Suppliers. We specialize in Birch Ply radius dishes, custom guitar jigs, and Binder Router bit sets.
Luthier’s Friend. A precision sanding station from Ken Picou the maker of the Robo-Sander™.
Luthiers Mercantile Int., Inc. variety of tonewoods, tools, hardware, supplies, full line of finishing products and glues and lots of instruction to go with them. Includes oil, shellac, LMI brand water-base finish, nitrocellulose, fillers, dyes, sandpaper, Micro-mesh,® polishes; full line of epoxies and superglues, hide glue, and instrument makers’ polyvinyl glue, shell, laminates, rosettes.
Luthimate sells lutherie tools, guitar parts and wood. Located in Michery, France.
MOP Supplies has a variety of shell inlay material i.e.; Paua, Mother of Pearl, abalone and many more in the form of blanks, veneers, dots, strips.
MSC Industrial Supply Co. comprehensive, largely industrial tools and accessories.
MacBeath Hardwood veneers, hardwoods.
Dave Maize redwood, Port Orford Cedar, Figured walnut, myrtle, and other native and exotic species; specializing in fine reclaimed and salvaged tonewoods.
Marksman Design, extensive inventory of very high quality figured maple billets and boards for sale . These include western quilted, and northern curly and birdseye. Also figured claro and English walnut.
McMaster-Carr nuts/bolts, latex rubber, files.
Graham McDonald, mandolin, bouzouki and ukulele books
Metropolitan Music Online have been supplying violin stores with wood and tools for almost a century. They manufacture te Juzek reamers and the Ibex planes in Stowe, VT.
Milligan and Higgins the only hide glue manufacturer in North America. Sells in 50-lb. minimum quantities. Jay Utzig (ext. 18) is head of technical matters and will be glad to help you, including helping you find a source for fewer than 50 lbs. The really high-quality clear stuff is called 192-gram Technical Gel.
Micro-Surface Finishing Prod. Inc. manufacturers of Micro-mesh,® a long-lasting cushioned abrasive.
Mirco Mark variety of small hand and power tools.
Moses, Inc. graphite necks, reinforcement stock.
Mouser Electronics comprehensive.
Music Spruce Canada, Daryl Bjarnason. Engelmann spruce tonewood for stringed instruments. Tops for acoustic guitars, mandolins, and violins. Bearclaw figured wood. Split or sawn bracewood. Custom products as requested.
Musicaravan. Hand-made brass gluepots, also a source for hide glue, oud strings, fine ouds, and information about all of these.
Musicmaker’s Kits variety of kits, wood bindings, rosettes.
Neutrik USA, Inc. cables, connectors, jacks.
Newark Electronics comprehensive.
North Bay Forge, hand forged wood carving tools since 1987 - straight knives, bent knives, drawknives, adzes.
Northwest Timber figured maple, walnut, myrtle, online store.
Notable Woods koa, walnut, bigleaf maple Sitka spruce.
Oakwood Veneer, wood veneer supplier, specializing in exotic, burl, and domestic veneers on all backers.
Old Standard Wood, 30 years supplying Red Spruce/Adirondack, eastern curly maple and torrified red spruce.
Old Wood Colours & Varnishes SL, a company focused on string instruments finishing ( grounds, varnishes, natural colours).
Old World Tonewood Co., supplies Carpathian Spruce (Picea abies) and European “Sycamore” Maple (Acer pseudoplantanus) tonewood.
Orcas Island Tonewoods spruces, cedars, maples, others.
Pegasus Guitars & Ukuleles koa sets.
Pentacle India manufacturer of and specialized in violin, viola, cello and bass fittings and accessories.
Petros Guitars Purflex™ Backstrips, rosettes uke rosettes, buttons, position markers, pins, strap buttons, truss rod covers, Taylor TRC’s, Purflex® Ultra flexible lining.
Pianowood Kölbl GmbH, specializing in piano parts and soundboards. Located in Aigen, Austria.
Pioneer Valley Luthier Supply, variety of supplies and tools for bow makers, repairers and restorers.
Portland Guitar provides custom bridges purfling and tonewoods.
Price Fiberglass Cases. Protective cases for dreadnought guitar, banjo and mandolin.
Q-tuner manufacture high-tech neodymium powered pickups for guitar and bass.
RC Tonewood and Sons carry a wide variety of tonewood. Located in Kenmore, New York.
RMC Pickup Co. (McClish) Piezo pickups and condensor mics.
RS Electrical Supply is a contractors of circuit breakers, fuse holders, switchgears,mounting hardware, motor control centers, contactors, starters of all the leading brands.
Randle Woods figured bigleaf maple, Sitka spruce.
Redwood Salvage Sales, instrument quality redwood for luthiers. Exotic grains due to being sunk in Deep River for over 100 years.
The Rescue Pearl Company pearl, abalone, pickguards, no minimum.
Rio Grande Pickups magnetic pickups, inlay materials.
Rivolta Snc, located in Italy and has been working wood for a century dealing in various species of tonewoods.
Rodgers Tuning Machines quality tuners for classic and steel string guitars.
J.M. Rolph Pickups new “vintage,” rewinds/repairs.
SRK Overseas Private Limited exporters & wholesale suppliers of accessories for violin, viola, cello, bass, piano & guitar for over a decade.
S.V.S. Tonewoods violin European maple and spruce (open 4PM — 8PM).
Seymour Duncan magnetic pickups.
Sinopia Pigments & Materials, purveyors of traditional materials such as turps, resins, shellac, e tc.
Daniel Smith comprehensive artist materials
Bob Smith Industries full line of epoxies and superglues. Sold direct in large quantities or retail through hobby stores. Call for locations in your area.
Southern Tonewoods, tonewoods, tools and accessories.
Specialty Violin Making Products European maple and spruce.
Larry Stamm Douglas fir, red cedar, Engelmann, flamed white birch for guitar, mando, violin.
Les Stansell Guitars Oregon myrtlewood, Port Orford white cedar.
Stewart-MacDonald’s Guitar Shop Supply offers a wide variety of tonewoods, tools for luthiers, hardware, supplies, full line of finishing, gluing, and related products: hide glue, epoxies, spraying apparatus, Behlen products, shellac, lacquer, tints, water-base finish, etc. Good selection of lutherie books and videos.
String Emporium, sells upright basses plus all kinds of bows, covers, travel cases and strings.
Sunrise Pickup Systems magnetic pickups.
Tasmanian Acoustic Tonewood. Reliable supplier of Tasmanian Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon), which is closely related to koa. Located in Devonport, Tasmania (Australia)
Tasmanian Salvaged Resurrection Timbers Pty Ltd. We supply high quality salvaged Tasmanian forest timber to woodturners & craftsmen world-wide. Located in Tasmania, Australia.
Terrco, Inc. carving machines for archtops and necks.
Timbre Tonewood Ltd. Sitka, Engelmann, red cedar.
Timeless Instruments variety of tonewoods, lutherie tools and hardware.
Tonetech Ltd., UK supplier of materials to guitar and other stringed instrument makers.
Tonewood Switzerland, Florinett AG European spruce.
Turners Retreat the woodworkers source.
Ultra Speed Products, Inc. electric carving tool.
Upton Basses is dedicated to the double bass. Various double basses, accessories and services.
USA Custom Guitars componenent for electrics including necks, bodies, finishes and wood.
UV III Systems supplier of an economical high speed uv drying equipment.
Victor Machinery Exchange Inc., industrial supplier specializing in machine shop supplies, metal-cutting tools, and precision measuring instruments.
Vikwood ebony, rosewoods, spruce, cedar, mahogany, boganga.
The Violin Man - Online Violin, Viola and Cello resource and community.
WD Music Products electronics (several brands of pickups), pickguards, knobs, tuners.
Warmoth components for electrics including woods, hardware, pickguard material, several brands of pickups.
West Wind Hardwood Inc. hardwoods, softwoods, specialty plywood and veneers.
Wood Carvers Supply, Inc. chisels, knives, small woodworking tools.
Wood Finish Supply full line of wood finishing products and glues including brushes, shellac, lacquer, varnishes, dyes; Hot Stuff™, epoxy, and hide glues.
Wood From the West, recovered tonewood.
The Wood Well variety of tonewoods, veneers.
Woodcraft Supply variety of quality hand tools, woodworking supplies, and hardware (many U.S. retail locations).
Woodhaven, (Uncommon Woodworking Tools) jigs for power tools, router plates and bits, layout tools.
Woodworker’s Supply a great number of tools that are useful for luthiers.
Yamahiko, Yamahiko, double bass pickup supplier located in Japan.
Instrument Stores and Dealers
2070 E Southern Ave, Tempe AZ 85282
115 Town and Country Dr E, Danville CA 94526
Gryphon Stringed Instruments
211 Lambert Ave, Palo Alto CA 94306
Organic Sounds Select Guitars
431 N. Tustin Avenue, Suite E, Santa Ana, CA 92705
1521 Mission St, Santa Cruz CA 95060
705 W State Rd 434 Unit B, Longwood, FL 32750
6703 Bird Rd, Miami FL 33155
Maple Street Guitars
3199 Maple Dr NE, Atlanta GA 30305
1455 Hembree Rd, Roswell GA 30076
Chicago Music Exchange
3316 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL 60657
Down Home Guitars
11 S White St, Frankfort IL 60423
5013 Fairview Ave # 2, Downers Grove IL 60515
Willcutt Guitar Shoppe
419 Rosemont Garden, Lexington KY 40503
The Music Emporium
165 Massachusetts Ave, Lexington MA 02420
Lefty Guitars Only
(781) 378 2075
1100 N. Washington Ave, Lansing MI 48906
1081 21st Ave SE, Minneapolis MN 55414
7362 Manchester Rd, Maplewood MO 63143
730 W. Cheyenne Ave #20 N., Las Vegas NV 89030
Northern Lights Music
57 Main St, Littleton NH 03561
Stay Gold Guitars
1221 Flagman Way, Unit B-5, Santa Fe NM 87505
30 East Parkway, Scarsdale NY 10583
461 Broome St, New York NY 10013
732 Washington St, Durham NC 27701
The Music Loft
413 S. College Road Suite 3
Wilmington, NC 28403
Lays Guitar Shop
974 Kenmore Blvd, Akron OH 44314
8521 Allentown Pike, Blandon PA 19510
Rusty’s Cool Guitars
401 W Coleman Blvd Suite B, Mt Pleasant SC 29464
2120 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204
The North American Guitar
434 Houston St #131, Nashville TN 37203
116 N Loop W, Houston TX 77008
813 Morrow St, Austin TX 78757
5103 McCullough Ave Ste 101, San Antonio, TX 78212
857 400 S, Salt Lake City UT 84102
Drum & Strum
102 Main St, Warrenton VA 20186
Cream City Music
12505 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield WI 53005