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
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.