Fretting about fretting.
May 5, 2011 3:23 PM Subscribe
I want to become a luthier. Please give me advice.
posted by gonzo_ID to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (13 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I come from an industrial design background and I love playing guitars. I think I want to put the two together and learn how to design and build guitars as a business.
I've read a couple (5-6) of guitarmaking books and knocked about with fixing up a couple of old broken guitars, but there's a couple of things I think I want to do/know:
1) Get an apprenticeship with and existing luthier. How would one approach established luthiers on order to gain a little in-workshop experience when armed only with passion and keenness? Are there any hard and fast rules?
2) Is there money in being a luthier? Not you're "I'm gonna be famous and loaded with my new Bugatti" rich, but the "I can pay the mortgage and go on a camping holiday once a year" kind of rich.
And advice or thoughts based upon experience would be greatly appreciated. I'm at the very early stages of this idea and it makes me feel very excited about doing this, but I'm trying to be honest and realistic with myself as I want a balance between doing something I enjoy with the amount of money I make doing it.
Many thanks. x