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M Romero

Manuel Romero Macias is a Sevilla based guitar maker who labelled his guitars M. Romero. He is now retired and his son has taken over the workshop.

Dörr (Christian)

Christian Dörr is a German luthier who was born in 1963. He began making guitars while still growing up in Neustadt. He trained as a luthier for plucked instruments in Mittenwald and made his first concert guitar at the age of 20. He makes custom classical, acoustic and electric guitars as well as doing repairs.

Big Wave

Big Wave acoustic guitars are made by luthier Rob Dmitrieff. He has 30 years of experience in woodworking starting as a craftsman in the historic ship building industry in Maine. In 2006 he was working alongside Nick Nikos Apollonio (a master guitar builder) who gave him the idea to build his own acoustic guitar. Dmitrieff followed the book  ‘Guitar Making Tradition and Technology’ and was soon making outstanding acoustic guitars. Apollonio also referred Dmitrieff to David Hill  who sawed & supplied tops for many Maine guitar makers and Dmitrieff began helping Hill out. Eventually Dmitrieff started selling tops as well as making braces for other guitar companies. Dmitrieff concentrates on five guitar models: the small jumbo, dreadnought, the 1906 parlor, OM (orchestra model) and the jumbo OM.

Black Pearl

Dennis MacPherson is owner and primary luthier at MacPherson Guitarworks.  Dennis grew up in Newark NJ, where his passion for understanding guitars and their construction began at an early age.  While still in his teens, he often found himself in the role of guitar repair and setup technician for local bands of which he was a member.  Over the years, as he as gained experience with a wide variety of acoustic and electric instruments, a widening circle of other local musicians began calling on his services.

Gaffiero (Cyril)

Cyril Gaffiero specializes in the manufacture, repair and set-up of Selmer style acoustic jazz guitars of the Django Reinhardt era. Gaffiero's workshop was established in 2006 in Valence en Brie, a small village in the south of Seine et Marne, near Samois sur Seine.

Curly Creek

Curly Creek Guitars is a one man shop in Port Orchard, Washington run by John Carrigan. Carrigan has been working in custom wood shops since the late 1970s: he started his own shop with a co-worker in 1995. His first guitar build was a Martin D-28 kit in 1998 with the help of the Guitar Making Tradition and Technology book by William R. Cumpiano. He built several guitars based on that book, each one tweaked slightly. He then read Ervin Somogyi’s books and built several guitars based on Somogyi’s designs. He currently builds guitars based on what he's learned over the years and the evolution continues. He likes to build three or four guitars at a time, with the hope of building about eight or so a year.


Before becoming a luthier, Sylvain Courcelles taught music for six years. His passion for music and wood lead him towards luthiery. From 1990 to 1994, he completed a bachelor’s degree in interpretation at l’Université de Montreal. He also spent a year studying guitar making at College Edouard-Montpetit. Then pursuing his research he opened his own workshop.

Sylvain Courcelles has been carrying on his work as a luthier for the past 25 years. He is a specialist in the fabrication, restoration and reparation of classical, acoustic, jazz, and electric guitars giving great importance to research and creation.

In building his guitars, he favours blending the jazz and classical approaches for the instrument’s structure and comfort. This unique mix has become the hallmark of his work. Making his instruments by special order, on average he creates three instruments a year.


Hervé Coufleau has been a luthier specializing in acoustic instruments for twenty years. Self-taught, he acquired over time the mastery of the trade, the choice of wood and forged a style in the design of his instruments. It was with the encouragement of Franck Cheval that he settled in and began manufacturing custom guitars for professionals and amateurs. Seduced by traditional American music, he directed his production towards acoustic guitars and Archtop mandolins.


Clay Conner has been building and repairing all types of instruments since 1996. He learned his trade by apprenticeship, first at Hamer guitars and later for innovative West Coast luthier, Ralph Novak. He formed Clay Conner Guitars in 2005 to explore his own designs. In November of 2009 he relocated to Raleigh, NC to join the crew at Guru Guitars.  He currently handles repairs for Guru Guitars and builds custom instruments.

Conde de Paz

Conde de paz is a luthier based in Illescas, Toledo, Spain who makes classical, acoustic, electric and bass guitars as well as violins. Offers artisanal construction in which modern technological processes are mixed with traditional manufacturing techniques and the customer can choose wood, hardware and finish.

Condor (Brazil)

Condor was founded by Carlos Cesar Medeiros in 1993. Medeiros started working as a luthier in Rio de Janeiro in 1960 at the age of 14. Over the following decades his skills developed and led to partnership between Carlos and renowned Brazilian musicians, such as Celso Woltzenlogel, Norton Morozowicz, Odette Ernest Dias, Nivaldo Ornelas, Danilo Caymmi, Altamiro Carrilho, Alceu Valença, Raul Mascarenhas, Radames Gnattali and the unparalleled Tom Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal. Starting with a small workshop, he became the owner of one of the largest importers and exporters in the country, currently based in Brasilia.


Cocopelli Luthiery is based in the scenic  Lake Varese in Gavirate, Italy. Simone Assunto founded this workshop in 2008 and he carries out repair and construction of all types of stringed instruments - from historical to modern.

Clément Rossat

Clément Rossat is a guitar maker in Vienne - near Valence and Lyon. Clément Rossat studied guitar at the Bourgoin-Jallieu conservatory and then at the National School of Music in Villeurbanne (ENM). At the same time he began to think about becoming a luthier. After some internships with luthier he joined Philippe Berne's workshop in 2011 through the Regional Institute for Art Trades and Contemporary Creation. Now living in Vienne he makes and repairs acoustic and electric guitars.


Claude Noly is a French luthier who was born in 1966 in Lyon. In 1985 he moved to Buffières where he worked various trades before health problems due to an old accident saw him made redundant. He had an interest in luthiery thanks to a badly fretted Ukulele he made playable for his daughter, and Claude then built 8 of them. Initially self-taught he sought any training he could and with patience and tenacity he learned construction techniques for acoustic and electric instruments - setting up his own workshop in 2013.


Philippe Clain (born Paris 1951) trained as a cabinet maker before going to work for the Baschet Brothers in Paris. The Baschet Brothers were artists and physicists who created sound sculptures and novel musical instruments like glass organs, musical fountains and inflatable guitars. Clain met many instrument makers and luthiers from across the world in  François Baschet's workshop. In 1972 he moved to Ardèche where he restored pianos and repaired violins. He also developed a program of musical entertainment for schools using an instrumentarium inspired by the work of the Baschet brothers. In 1984 he left mainland France for Reunion Island with its forests of exotic native & introduced timbers. Clain makes conventional looking classical guitars, violins and cellos but also original and unsual looking guitars and basses.


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