Lichty Guitars offers learning vacations attracting musicians coast to coast

Published 10:00 pm Tuesday, June 10, 2014

As more people seek learning vacations, immersing themselves in learning something new, a small number of luthiers are offering workshops to learn the art of guitar and ukulele building. Jay Lichty of Lichty Guitars in Tryon is one such luthier offering participants the opportunity to craft the musical instrument of their dreams.
Most folks in the small town of Tryon know Jay Lichty as the local guitar builder, working sun up to sun down in his shop crafting handmade acoustic guitars and ukuleles.
To date he has put strings on over 140 instruments shipping around the world.
But not as many folks know about the extra dust that is getting kicked up in his shop by his many enthusiastic guitar building and ukulele building students. Throughout the year Jay mentors participants through individual and small group workshops that begin with raw wood and end with strings going on beautiful one-of-a-kind guitars and ukuleles.
“It just seemed like a natural progression of the business to go from building guitars to teaching others how to build them. It’s like camp for grown-ups in a beautiful place. Folks have a great time and the reward is so huge, taking home a guitar you built with your own hands,”Lichty said.
Students come from as far away as British Columbia and California and from just down the road.
“Building a guitar with Jay Lichty is one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself, an experience I’ll cherish for life,” says Karina Melendez of Vancouver, BC. “I truly loved it more than my visits to Venice, Paris or Rome.”
A typical workshop runs 10 consecutive days with prices depending on the custom options chosen by the student and the size of the group (1 to 4). Learn more at
NC luthier Jay Lichty builds custom handmade acoustic guitars and ukuleles for discerning musicians from around the world.
He also offers individual and small group guitar and ukulele building workshops throughout the year.
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by Corrie Woods

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