Best luthiers in North America

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Best luthiers in North America

Postby JohnH* » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:44 pm

OK... so I ran a search on this topic and came up empty. Who in your opinion, and in order of expertise, are the best luthiers in North America? Feel free to nominate as many as you like. Cost should not be a factor, but they should still be actively making guitars. I think my picks would be:
1. Jeff Elliot
2. Robert Ruck
3. Greg Byers
4. Anders Sterner
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby Tim W » Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:25 pm

Other well=regarded luthiers in no particular order:
David Daily
Stevens Conners
Dake Traphagen
Eric Monrad
G. Vasquez Rubio
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby guitarista27 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 5:10 pm

Michael Thames
Peter Oberg
Paul Jacobson
Aaron Green
Richard Brune
are my choices
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby FHC » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:08 pm

Frederich Holtier should be on the list. He is not business savvy, otherwise I am sure he would be more well-known. He was noted in an edition of ACOUSTIC GUITAR magazine.
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby petermc61 » Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:51 pm

Wow, you all seem to have missed the greatest living master - Manuel Velazquez.
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby Kenbobpdx » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:07 pm

JohnH* wrote:OK... so I ran a search on this topic and came up empty. Who in your opinion, and in order of expertise, are the best luthiers in North America? Feel free to nominate as many as you like. Cost should not be a factor, but they should still be actively making guitars. I think my picks would be:
1. Jeff Elliot
2. Robert Ruck
3. Greg Byers
4. Anders Sterner


You have a decidedly Northwest bent to your list :D Jeff would definitely be in there for me as would Ruck and Byers. I really appreciate your inclusion of Anders Sterner in your list. He makes beautiful guitars and would be on the short list if I were in the market for a new guitar (I would love to have Jeff make a new guitar for me but his list is rather long. Still.).

Another short lister would be Greg Miller. He produces some beautiful instruments. He is fortunate to have Jeff Elliot and Cyndy Burton close by for questions and input, is a genuinely nice guy, and would be great to work with as he is very amenable to trying new things. Check this instrument out that Bryan Johansen commissioned http://gregorymillerguitars.com/?page_id=366 Not my cup of tea but the artistry and detail work are amazing. BTW, it sounds great.
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby John Oster » Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:13 pm

I imagine in a few days virtually every NA luthier will be named, but I'll add Randy Angella and Eric Sahlin.
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby thendrix » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:12 am

I will nominate Daryl Perry.
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby 6000miles » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:40 am

thendrix wrote:I will nominate Daryl Perry.


I second Daryl's nomination.
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby Fred Klinge » Fri Mar 29, 2013 1:55 am

Let's not forget Eric Sahlin!
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby Erik Zurcher » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:46 am

I live on the other side of the world, so haven't played many American guitars, but I have tried a Kolya Panhuyzen guitar: outstanding!

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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby anacrusis » Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:45 am

Prometheus wrote:I imagine in a few days virtually every NA luthier will be named, but I'll add Randy Angella and Eric Sahlin.


I agree.

I recently had the chance to play both an Eric Sahlin and a Randy Angella. Both absolutely fantastic guitars. The Sahlin was easier to physically play and had a sweeter tone, but I fell in love with the Angella's clarity and response. I would kill for a guitar like that!
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I played several other high end American guitars including a Ruck, but none matched those two. In fact, no other guitars quite have except an old Ramirez and a Sakurai with an elevated fingerboard that was amazing.
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby Wesjr1 » Fri Mar 29, 2013 12:49 pm

Add David Schramm!
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby Kent » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:08 pm

Very good selections here!
I would also like to mention Stephen Kakos Guitars.
A modest and experienced guitar builder in the upper Midwest. He also is a go-to for restoration.
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Re: Best luthiers in North America

Postby carlos » Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:14 pm

Add some others who participate in this forum.
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