Festival Workshop: How Do Luthiers Control Sound?

  • Sunday, April 14, 2019
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St, Philadelphia, PA

How Do Luthiers Control Sound?

Classical guitars are more than beautiful boxes of wood. How do luthiers maximize their tonal potential? Join luthier Garrett Lee for a lecture/demonstration on classical guitar construction. Using numerous photos, live demonstration of building techniques, and audience participation with wood, he will explain in a fun and painless way the physical basis for guitar sound and the techniques that luthiers use to optimize it. Learn the answers to these questions and more:

-    What controls the voice of a guitar?

-    How does a guitar top move?

-    What decisions do luthiers make and what practices lead to a signature sound?

-    Why does spruce sound and respond differently than cedar?

-    Why do handmade guitars generally sound better than factory-built guitars?


Garrett Lee has enjoyed playing guitar since the age of nine. In 1999, his fascination and curiosity with guitar design, coupled with his love for woodcraft, drew him to begin building classical guitars. Trained as a research scientist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, he enjoyed a successful career in academic research and later, in biotechnology. He was compelled by the challenge and intrigue of lutherie to transition to full-time building in 2006.

Gary's research background inspires creativity, thoughtful design, and exacting execution. His handcrafted classical guitars incorporate traditional and contemporary design. Midway through his development, Gary received mentorship from celebrated American luthier John Gilbert.

When he is not building or playing guitars, Gary regularly lectures on lutherie for guitar societies, festivals, universities and conservatories. He and his wife Candace live in Wayne, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City.  GarrettLeeGuitars.com

Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society
Address: 2038 Sansom street - Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: +1 (215) 567 2972
Email: info@phillyguitar.com 

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