Lichty to teach guitar-building workshop

Published 6:11 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Jay Lichty plays one of the guitars he created. (photo submitted by Julia McIntyre)

Tryon Arts and Crafts School will hold a 10-day guitar building workshop with local luthier Jay Lichty beginning on April 19 at 9 a.m. In this workshop, each student will build an all-solid African mahogany/Engelmann spruce dreadnought guitar.
Building a guitar in 10 days is quite a challenge but very doable, said Lichty.
“These will be 10 days of intense effort,” he said. “Be prepared to work hard while having the time of your life cumulating into potentially the best guitar you have ever played.”
Lichty took a similar class under the guidance of Wayne Henderson that he said changed his life.
Luthier Jay Lichty builds handmade acoustic guitars and ukuleles in Tryon. He was the winner of the 2010 Made in the South Award and has top performing artists playing his guitars from Australia to Japan to Nashville. He specializes in working with clients to build heirloom-quality custom instruments. Learn more at
Over the 10 days, students will learn the entire procedure of guitar building. Each day will offer students new information and experience as they work with Lichty. Because of the special nature of the workshop, space is limited to four students.
More information about the workshop is available through Tryon Arts and Crafts School at 828-859-8323 or Advance registration and a deposit is required to reserve your place in the workshop.
Tryon Arts and Crafts is a non-profit crafts school located at 373 Harmon Field Road in Tryon and exists to provide creative opportunities for everyone.
– article submitted by Julia McIntyre

Some of the instruments made by luthier Jay Lichty. (photo submitted by Julia McIntyre)

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