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Audrey Bartlett, the lead builder and department manager of Waterloo Guitars

Makers & Shakers: Audrey Bartlett of Waterloo Guitars

Audrey Bartlett, the lead builder and department manager of Waterloo Guitars, in Austin, Texas, says, “I’m not a musician—which makes me different from most of the people doing this work.” That can make her feel like she doesn’t fit in, but also sets her apart for its parallels to her…

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Guitar maker Roger Bucknall

Guitar Talk: UK Guitar Maker Roger Bucknall of Fylde Guitars

Roger Bucknall built his first guitar around 1959 and started taking his craft seriously around 1973 in a small shop on the northwest coast of England, in Fylde, Lancashire. There were very few guitar builders in that country at the time, but Bucknall helped spearhead the fine art of guitar…

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Shelley Park glues the center seam of a new soundboard

Innovation Through Tradition: Four Modern Luthiers Discuss Their Craft

The world of guitar making is in an exciting moment, with exceptionally skillful luthiers handcrafting instruments to the highest standards. Many of these artisans are making instruments in ways that draw from traditional techniques and designs while bringing them into the contemporary world—through everything from porcelain resonator cones and tiny…

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