Lutherie is the craft of building stringed instruments. It is a craft that is thousands of years old, with a rich and venerable history. As a luthier, I walk in footsteps trod by the masters, both past and present. I have learned to approach the craft with humility, realizing that the learning process never ends. But because of my love of the instrument, the continued acquisition of the necessary knowledge and skills has not been burdensome; it has been a joy.
For over 30 years, my passion in guitars has been classicals. To me, the purity of their sound and tone color is unsurpassed. Thus, when I began building guitars, quite naturally the classical guitar was where I focused my passion and energies. More recently, a specialty of mine has become 10-string classicals. Since I owned and played a 10-string Ramirez 1a for almost as long as I've played classical guitar, I suppose it was inevitable that I would build 10-strings some day . . .
Back in March or so of 2007, I decided that it would be best to close my waiting list so I could more effectively deal with my building backlog. I received some anxious calls and emails because of this decision, but did my best to quell worries. It took a while, but I slowly realized that, ultimately, whether I closed my list or kept it open, it didn't really matter. It would still take the same amount of time to fulfill orders whether people were on the waiting list or not. So, I quietly reopened it, and by posting the words here, I guess I'm making it official, as of December, 2007. Please be aware, however, that my waiting list is currently at least 14 months long now. Any of you who asked to be placed on my "unofficial" waiting list should contact me, and once your payment is received, I will place your name in its proper place in the queue. My apologies for any confusion this may have caused.
The 2nd International 10-String Guitar Festival was held at the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University July 6-9, 2006. I had the pleasure of attending the festival this year, and presented the first Janet Marlow Entry Model 10-string classical to Janet Marlow, the director of the festival. If you're interested in 10-string classicals, please visit the 10-string section, found by clicking on the "Models" menu button to the left.
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