Tryon custom guitar builder Jay Lichty to exhibit in Spartanburg Guitar Show

Published 4:41 pm Thursday, February 23, 2012

Custom guitar builder Jay Lichty of Lichty Guitars will exhibit his latest collection of handcrafted acoustic guitars and ukuleles at the 2012 Spartanburg Guitar Show. This event has grown to be one of the biggest guitar events in the Southeast with exhibitors ranging from vintage instrument dealers, to music stores to collectors and builders.
Jay Lichty built his first guitar under the guidance of renowned Virginia luthier Wayne Henderson and has built more than 75 handcrafted instruments to date. He was the winner of the Made in the South Award in 2010, an award honoring Southern ingenuity and craftsmanship. Professional musicians on several continents play Lichty’s instruments, including Japanese guitarist Shohei Toyoda, Australian blues/roots artist Geoff Achison, and Nashville-based brothers Tom and Mike Gossin of the top country band Gloriana.
Lichty builds approximately 30 instruments a year, each handcrafted in his Tryon luthier shop. He works with a wide variety of domestic and exotic woods including walnut, maple, sycamore, mahogany, koa, pau ferro, Brazilian rosewood and many more. While he typically has a collection of instruments available for immediate sale, the majority of acoustic guitars and ukuleles he crafts are designed and built to order.
Some of the instruments that Lichty will have on display at this year’s show include the following: A Honduran mahogany dreadnought, an African mahogany OM guitar with a sunburst finish, two Brazilian rosewood guitars, an original design guitar called the Alchemist built from cocobolo and featuring a side sound port and a wedge-shaped body, a parlor guitar built from Koa and several ukuleles.
The show will be held at the Spartanburg Expo Center from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26.
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– article submitted by Corrie Woods

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