44 episodes

Every month, luthier Michael Bashkin interviews some of his favorite fellow guitar builders, makers and creatives on the Luthier on Luthier podcast. Acoustic, electric, flattop, archtop and everything in-between... brought to you by the Fretboard Journal

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    • 4.8, 112 Ratings

Every month, luthier Michael Bashkin interviews some of his favorite fellow guitar builders, makers and creatives on the Luthier on Luthier podcast. Acoustic, electric, flattop, archtop and everything in-between... brought to you by the Fretboard Journal

    Mike Baranik

    Mike Baranik

    Mike Baranik has been making extraordinary world-class acoustic guitars for decades. On episode 44 of the podcast, Mike recounts the music influences that got him interested in guitars and tells us about his studies at the Roberto-Venn school in the early '90s. Mike also talks to us about his first guitar shows, finding his identity a a luthier, meeting deadlines, re-purposing tools, using CNCs and more.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Adam Buchwald

    Adam Buchwald

    There is not much that Adam Buchwald does not do in the world of guitars. Adam owns Allied Lutherie, builds Circle Strings guitars and is part owner of the Iris Guitar and Mandolin company.  For episode 43 of the podcast, Adam tells us how a once-aspiring musician and music major at the University of Vermont ended up working at Retrofret Vintage Guitars and becoming a full-time luthier with such a diverse business model.  

    • 41 min
    Steve Klein and Steve Kauffman

    Steve Klein and Steve Kauffman

    Steve Klein and Steve Kauffman have been making some of the world's finest and most innovative guitars since their partnership began in the 1970s. For episode 42 of the podcast, I caught up with them at the 2020 NAMM show where they share their origins, give us their thoughts on Kasha designs and tonewoods, and tell us how they have been able to successfully collaborate for over 40 years.

    • 44 min
    Abe Wechter

    Abe Wechter

    Abe Wechter has done it all: From building guitars one-at-a-time, to running guitar factories both domestically and abroad. For Episode 41 of the podcast, Abe and I take a walk to escape the noise at the 2020 NAMM show. His story takes many twists and turns including successes and failures, corrupt business partners, heartbreak and romance.

    • 1 hr
    Nik Huber

    Nik Huber

    Nik Huber comes from a long line of woodworkers, and he carries on his family trade with his team of eight employees that craft exceptionally fine traditionally influenced electric guitars. For episode 40 of the podcast, I met up with Nik at the 2020 NAMM show where he tells us how he got started under the guidance  of Paul Reed Smith after finishing an apprenticeship in cabinetry. Nik also shares his views on woods, finishes and hardware and more. 
    This episode is sponsored by Dream Guitars. 

    • 53 min
    Kathy Wingert

    Kathy Wingert

    Kathy Wingert crafts some of the best and most beautiful acoustic guitars being made today out her shop in Los Angeles. For Episode 39 of the podcast, I sit down with Kathy and talk about photographing and marketing guitars, the development and design of her models and her experience as a female in craft with an abundance of men.

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

jcjenkins3 ,

Interesting People - Great Interviewer

Michael Bashkin talks to an interesting group of folks who are very diverse, but all work towards a common goal of making great instruments. Michael always asks the right questions, never hesitates to ask the hard questions, but stays out of the way and makes the podcast all about the subject. A lot of podcast hosts should learn that lesson.

Eviltwinlightning ,

Great for guitar lovers

Captivating interviews with interesting builders.

scm_one ,

Great.

A fascinating look into one of the world’s most fascinating jobs—instrument building. The host is a good interviewer and picks interesting folks to talk to. (Makes me want to try building my own guitar!) Highly recommended.

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