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
Willie Carter has travelled the world as a guitar tech for Otis Taylor; worked at Gryphon and Santa Cruz guitars; was a recording engineer; and started Carter Poulsen guitars in 2010, where he and Eric Poulsen are making great acoustic guitars out of their workshop in Santa Cruz, Calif. For episode 54 of the podcast, Willie weaves all of these parts of his life together and describes the moment he fell in love with guitarmaking.
Mario Beauregard is among the world's finest and most distinctive archtop and flattop guitar makers. On episode 53 of the podcast, he explains his unique, faceted designs; discusses his time at the Roberto Venn school and his subsequent apprenticeship with Ervin Somogyi.
Dan Erlewine literally wrote the book on guitar repair: He's the author behind called The Guitar Player Repair Guide, which was first published in 1990. A well-worn, dog-eared copy of that book is always close to my bench and it's how I first learned guitar repair. (I bet it taught many of this podcast's listeners, as well.) Over his 50 year career, Dan developed many of the methods luthiers use today and he never shied away from taking on the most challenging repairs.
Ian Davlin ("Ian Hates Guitars")
Ian Davlin, who goes by the online moniker "Ian Hates Guitars," may have a complicated relationship with guitars, but he sure is good at fixing them. For episode 51 of Luthier on Luthier, Ian tells us about working for Breedlove Guitars and his eventful interview process at Nashville's famous Gruhn's Guitars, where he worked for many years. Ian also tells us about the development of his heat stick neck removal tool and his popular finish touch up class he teaches at Dan Erlewine's shop.
Tom Ribbecke is a lutherie legend and one of the originators of the custom guitar scene as we know it today. For episode 50 of the podcast, Tom walks us through his 50 years of guitarmaking, including the evolution of his sound bubble guitar, his Halfling model, and his compliant rim guitars and basses.
Rosie Heydenrych (Turnstone Guitar Company)
Luthier Rosie Heydenrych is the builder behind England's Turnstone Guitar Company. On episode 49 of the podcast, she shares her approach to voicing instruments, including the use of tonewoods from her native England. She also discusses her views on women in lutherie, her work flow, and how she adopts new techniques and technology into her builds.
Insightful and informative
Michael Bashkin does a great job combining broad, general questioning and discussion with more focused, individual and personal insights, resulting in podcasts that speak to luthiery, creativity, and music overall complemented by all kinds of “granular” ideas and experiences specific to the individual being interviewed. The guest list is fantastic and varied, full of genuinely accomplished and fascinating people, and Bashkin himself is authoritative, thoughtful, and relentlessly curious. He questions his guests with an open mind (unlike many podcasters, who just lead their interviewees around) and never makes himself the focus. This podcast is a real service. Thank you!
Way to go!!!
As a podcaster and wannabe luthier I have to say this is a great podcast. I love the technical aspect of the discussion and the science behind the guitar. I’m going through all the back catalog right now.
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.