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Welcome to the preliminary Fretboard Summit schedule for 2016!

Sessions are subject to schedule changes and additions but we think we’re about 90% complete. As of October 5, 2016, we still have some rooms and tickets available if you want to sign up. Just go to fretboardsummit.com. But act fast... 
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Friday, October 14
 

12:00pm

Opening Notes
Quick tips and advice on the care and feeding of your Fretboard Summit experience, the layout of our grounds and some FAQs via the FJ's Jason Verlinde

Speakers
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Jason Verlinde

Publisher, The Fretboard Journal
In 2005, Jason Verlinde quit his corporate day job to start the Fretboad Journal with Michael John Simmons. He's still, somehow, at it. Verlinde wears at lot of hats at the FJ: He's the publisher and editor as well as the host of the magazine's weekly podcast. The Fretboard Summit, which began in 2015, is his latest extension to the FJ universe. 


Friday October 14, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

12:30pm

To India and Back with David Murray (Dehradun Guitar Company)

A lot of luthiers make sacrifices to pull off their craft but David Murray has taken it to a whole nother level. Murray will talk about the journey he’s taken since 2010 with the creation of the Dehradun Guitar Company in India. Through guitar making, Murray and his wife have given a second chance to individuals who were living on the fringes of society, many of whom assumed they had no salable skills. It would be a riveting, inspirational story even if the guitars weren’t beautiful, but they certainly are.



Speakers
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David Murray

Founder, Dehradun Guitar Company
David Murray has one of the guitar world's most unlikely backstories: He grew up in Tennessee and became a guitarmaker through the traditional channels. But in 2010, he ended up moving with his wife, Mel, to the Himilayan foothills, teaching local artisans the craft of lutherie and giving them a chance at a better life. 


Friday October 14, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

12:30pm

Arranging for a Duet with Joe K. Walsh and Grant Gordy

Guitarist Grant Gordy and Peghead mandolin instructor Joe K. Walsh frequently play as a duet. In their duo arranging they draw inspiration from classic guitar and mandolin duets, as well as classic jazz duet partners. In this session they'll dissect their approach to finding arrangements that serve the song and complement their styles.



Moderators
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Peghead Nation

With Peghead Nation’s subscription-based e-learning courses, musicians learn to play their favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. They also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with our video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Grant Gordy / Joe K Walsh

Grant Gordy / Joe K Walsh

Guitarist Grant Gordy and mandolin virtuoso Joe K. Walsh are two rising stars in the world of bluegrass. It's no wonder: Gordy formerly served as lead guitarist in David Grisman's Quintet, while Walsh performed in Joy Kills Sorrow and the Gibson Brothers. Today, these young players are part of Darol Anger's improv ensemble Mr. Sun but what excites us the most is watching them perform as a duo (as they did at the Fretboard Journal) and as solo... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Peghead Nation Room (Aragon III C)

12:30pm

Hi-Fi Guitar: Engineering for Sound with Rick Turner
In the mid and late 1960s, a new generation of musicians started to conspire with artists, engineers, technicians, and artisans to break down the artificial walls between the disciplines. Jack Casady, Dan Schwartz and Rick Turner were there on the front lines of these changes, and will talk about how things were and what personal backgrounds and musical influences helped fuel new ways to make, perform and record music.

Speakers
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Rick Turner

Owner, Rick Turner Guitar Company
Rick Turner is one of the guitarmaking world's great innovators. From his days at Alembic up through his work with D-TAR and his Renaissance line of instruments, Turner continues to surprise us with his focus on an instrument's tone, amplification and design. 


Friday October 14, 2016 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

1:30pm

John Dopyera and his Resophonic Wonders: The Original National and Dobro Guitars with Robb Lawrence
In 1970, Robb Lawrence met inventor John Dopyera at his Fiddle & Fret shop in nearby Escondido. Upon hearing numerous novel-like depictions of those wild times when the famous ampliphonic guitar was born during the twenties... and all about the illustrious cast of characters (Brothers Emile and Rudolph, nephew Paul Barth, George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker), Robb set out to interview them and share their fascinating story in his Guitar Player Magazine Rarebird column and an upcoming extensive tome. Also listen to John's talented apprentice David Flood's reflections and see the very first National guitar. 

Speakers
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Robb Lawrence

Robb Lawrence has been writing about guitars and guitar players since the early 1970s, when he penned the "Rarebird"column in Guitar Player. In 2008, he published The Les Paul Legacy through Hal Leonard, the culmination of his many years spent with Paul, as a tech, friend and even housemate. Lawrence has plenty of great guitar stories and at the Summit he'll be talking abou his time spent with Les as well as John Dopyera. 


Friday October 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

1:30pm

Forty Years of Guitar Making with Richard Hoover
Forty years into guitar making and Richard Hoover of Santa Cruz Guitar Co has more to say than ever. Listen to him recount some of SCGC's best moments as well as some of the challenges that keep him up. He'll also be fielding questions from the audience. 

Speakers
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Richard Hoover

Santa Cruz Guitar Co.
Richard Hoover is a living legend, and for good reason. His Santa Cruz Guitar Co. is celebrating its 40th year of making fine acoustic guitars. At this year's Summit, Hoover will be reflecting on his four decades of building. 


Friday October 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Vintage Vault (Aragon IIIB)

1:30pm

Fingerstyle Jazz with Mark Goldenberg

Learn some of the harmonic concepts and chordal shapes and sounds that define solo jazz guitar played fingerstyle, and learn how to combine them with jazz and pop melodies and improvisation. Taught by one of the most respected touring and recording guitarists around.



Moderators
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Peghead Nation

With Peghead Nation’s subscription-based e-learning courses, musicians learn to play their favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. They also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with our video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous... Read More →

Artists
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Mark Goldenberg

Mark Goldenberg is a guitarist who has played on records for a myriad of artists including Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Eels, Natalie Imbruglia,Chris Isaak, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton and yes, William Shatner. He played lead guitar for Jackson Browne from 1994 - 2010 and he ust finished a two year tour with acclaimed pianist and actor Hugh Laurie. He performed an electrifying duo set at the first Fretboard... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Peghead Nation Room (Aragon III C)

2:00pm

Journey Through the "The Les Paul Legacy" with Author Robb Lawrence
Guitarist/historian Robb Lawrence became well acquainted with the Wizard of Waukesha during the early '70s living in Mahwah, New Jersey with the famous inventor/guitarist and teching his West Coast Concerts through the decades. Robb will discuss and show the highlights of Paul's illustrious career and how Gibson created his prestigious signature models covered in this two volume, box set published by Hal Leonard. Hear a richly toned and resonant 1960 Les Paul Standard (made popular by Clapton, Beck and Bloomfield) amplified to see why this Strad of the solid bodies commands six digit figures.

Speakers
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Robb Lawrence

Robb Lawrence has been writing about guitars and guitar players since the early 1970s, when he penned the "Rarebird"column in Guitar Player. In 2008, he published The Les Paul Legacy through Hal Leonard, the culmination of his many years spent with Paul, as a tech, friend and even housemate. Lawrence has plenty of great guitar stories and at the Summit he'll be talking abou his time spent with Les as well as John Dopyera. 


Friday October 14, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

2:30pm

A String Thing with Gabriel Tenorio (Gabriel Tenorio String Co.)

You've met guitar and pedal builders, have you ever met a string maker? Gabriel Tenorio, longtime business and product manager/designer at Guadalupe Custom Strings, just launched his new company, the Gabriel Tenorio String Co. It's a small, artisanal operation focusing solely on round core handmade products for acoustic and electric instruments. He will be sharing insights on just how strings are actually made, why round core matters and more.

 


Speakers
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Gabriel Tenorio

Founder, Gabriel Tenorio String Company
For the last few years, the Fretboard Journal has followed Gabriel Tenorio as he does the unthinkable: create an indie, handmade string empire. We originally profiled Tenorio when he was working under the Guadalupe String Co. moniker. Now, he's focusing on guitar and bass strings with his own Gabriel Tenorio String Company. 


Friday October 14, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

2:30pm

Myth Busting with TJ Thompson
Adirondack you say? What makes you think so? Is it possible to build a new guitar just just like the old guitars? How long is long scale? Is hide glue really better? Should you have that popsicle brace removed? Internet bloggers who believe they know the answers to these questions beware, this lecture may not be for you. TJ Thompson will present incontrovertible evidence to support his long-held belief that no one really knows what they're talking about. join him on this journey to the unknowing. 

Speakers
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TJ Thompson

TJ Thompson Guitars / Pro Luthier Tools
When it comes to priceless Golden Era Martins and Gibsons, it's safe to say that TJ Thompson is one of the most trusted repairmen around. His own guitar creations - exacting reproductions of old Martins - are also some of the most coveted new instruments available. TJ has been featured on the Fretboard Journal podcast before, as well as in our magazine and on our website. At the second annual Summit, he'll be debuting his "Myth Busters" talk... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

2:30pm

The Building Blocks of Amplified Tone with Giovanni Loria (Black Volt Amplification)

Join Black Volt Amplification's Giovanni Loria as he walks us through the fundamentals of electric guitar amplification. This electrified session will cover all of the most crucial information you need to know when it comes to attaining great amplified tone. Some topics to be covered will include transformers, tubes, biasing, components, speakers,  vintage vs. new, acoustic amplification and more. Questions encouraged!



Speakers
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Giovanni Loria

Black Volt Amplification
Though his company Black Volt Amplification is relatively new to the scene, Giovanni Loria is already gaining alcolades for his guitar and harp amp creations and his exacting repair work to vintage amps. The Fretboard Journal profiled Gio Loria on our website earlier this year (read the article here) and we're excited to have him show off some of his new models as well as walk us through the building blocks of guitar amplification... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Vintage Vault (Aragon IIIB)

2:30pm

Bluegrass Guitar Soloing 101 with Scott Nygaard

Learn a simple method for playing melody-based solos on bluegrass songs, applicable for most levels of players who have started to pick out melodies on the guitar. Starting with a song’s basic melody, you’ll learn how to flesh it out with lead-in runs, crosspicking, place-holder licks and strums, melodic variations, improvised lines, and more.



Moderators
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Peghead Nation

With Peghead Nation’s subscription-based e-learning courses, musicians learn to play their favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. They also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with our video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous... Read More →

Artists

Friday October 14, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Peghead Nation Room (Aragon III C)

3:30pm

Guitar Voicing 101 with Dana Bourgeois

Every time we talk to Maine’s Dana Bourgeois we learn something new about guitar construction and tonewoods. For this year's Summit, Dana is revisiting his ultra-packed session from last year. Ever wanted to voice your own top? Here's your chance. During this session, he walks us through voicing basics.

Note: On Saturday from 1-3 pm, there's a two-hour demo outside on the Aragon lawn where the fingerplanes come out and you can try your hand at shaving some braces for a few minutes. 


Speakers
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Dana Bourgeois

Bourgeois Guitars
Every time we talk to Maine’s Dana Bourgeois we learn something new about guitar construction and tonewoods. Bourgeois was featured in The Fretboard Journal, but he’s also been a guest on our podcast and a frequent resource for our magazine’s editors and writers. His talk at the first Fretboard Summit was such a hit, we couldn't resist asking him to bring it back to our 2016 event. 


Friday October 14, 2016 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

3:30pm

The Early Days of Taylor with Tim Luranc

Forget everything you think you know about Taylor guitars today: Master luthier Tim Luranc has known Taylor founders Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug for four decades and has seen everything. During this talk, Luranc will walk us through Taylor’s unique history and describe how a trio of guitar makers ended up creating a global brand.



Speakers
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Tim Luranc

Taylor Guitars
Tim Luranc is, quite simply, the longest running employee of Taylor Guitars. He was there when Kurt and Bob formed the company and even penned a short piece about the company's early days for the Fretboard Journal #10. He's seen all facets of guitar production, worked on the R. Taylor line and has watched Taylor grow to the global powerhouse it is today. 


Friday October 14, 2016 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

3:30pm

The Summit OM Guitar Unveil with T. Drew Heinonen

For nearly a year, the Fretboard Journal has been following up-and-coming luthier T. Drew Heinonen as he builds us a custom OM-style acoustic guitar. On numerous podcast episodes, Drew has walked us through his build process, explained what he learned from fellow luthiers such as Jim Olson and Dana Bourgeois, helped us decide on tone woods and more. Well, the wait is over… during this session, we’ll get to finally see the finished product and pass it around. 


Friday October 14, 2016 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Vintage Vault (Aragon IIIB)

3:30pm

Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar with Tony McManus

Peghead Nation’s Celtic Guitar instructor shows some of the key concepts and techniques that underlie Celtic guitar music. He’ll explore the differences in rhythm between jigs, reels, and other Irish and Scottish forms; tonality of Celtic music, including which modes are used and why; and picking-hand triplets, trills, grace notes, and other ornamentation that is commonly heard in Irish and Scottish music.



Moderators
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Peghead Nation

With Peghead Nation’s subscription-based e-learning courses, musicians learn to play their favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. They also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with our video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous... Read More →

Artists
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Tony McManus

Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Peghead Nation Room (Aragon III C)

4:15pm

Dinner Break
Take a break and eat some food. 

Friday October 14, 2016 4:15pm - 5:30pm
TBA

5:30pm

The Ballad of the Dreadnought
Narrated by actor and Martin player Jeff Daniels, 'The Ballad of the Dreadnought' traces the rise of the Martin Dreadnought from selling only a few dozen guitars for its first 20 years to becoming the musical companion played in almost every musical genre in every corner of the world.

Come celebrate the Dreadnought's 100 anniversary with this very special screening. On-hand will be Dick Boak from Martin guitars as well as numerous other Martin experts and authorties. 

Exhibitors
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Martin Guitars

C.F Martin & Co. has been creating the finest instruments in the world for over 180 years. It continues to innovate, introducing techniques and features that have become industry standards including X-bracing, the 14-fret guitar and the "Dreadnought" size. One of the world's leading acoustic instrument makers, Martin guitars are hand-made by skilled craftsmen and women, who use a combination of new design and... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

6:30pm

Courtney Hartman
Artists
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Courtney Hartman

Della Mae's Courtney Hartman is a Fretboard Summit alum, having performed both a solo set and alongside Bryan Sutton at our first event. We couldn't resist asking Hartman back, as her flatpicking is world-class (she'll be teaching a class or two to Summit attendees during the weekend if you need pointers) and her original songs are drop dead gorgeous.


Friday October 14, 2016 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

7:30pm

Grant Gordy & Joe K. Walsh
Artists
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Grant Gordy / Joe K Walsh

Guitarist Grant Gordy and mandolin virtuoso Joe K. Walsh are two rising stars in the world of bluegrass. It's no wonder: Gordy formerly served as lead guitarist in David Grisman's Quintet, while Walsh performed in Joy Kills Sorrow and the Gibson Brothers. Today, these young players are part of Darol Anger's improv ensemble Mr. Sun but what excites us the most is watching them perform as a duo (as they did at the Fretboard Journal) and as solo... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

8:30pm

Eric Skye
Artists
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Eric Skye

Portland, Oregon's Eric Skye is one fingerstyle guitarist we can't get enough of, whether he's performing solo, with Mark Goldenberg or (gasp) with a pick in his new duo with Tim Connell. For this year's Summit set, Skye is plotting something truly audacious: He'll be playing Miles Davis' Kind of Blue album from start to finish on solo guitar.


Friday October 14, 2016 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

9:30pm

Laurence Juber
Artists
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Laurence Juber

First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's band Wings, Laurence Juber has since established himself as a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger. Juber, known to his fans as "LJ," has released 23 solo albums which spotlight Juber’s unique touch and tone on solo acoustic guitar. During this year's Summit, Juber will perform a solo set and participate in an interactive session with Martin's Dick... Read More →


Friday October 14, 2016 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

10:30pm

Fretboard Summit Happy Hour Hosted by American Music Furniture
Join us for a lively post-concert party up at the Bernardo Ballroom. The first drink is on our friends from American Music Furniture (check out their displays both here and in the Vintage Vault). We'll also have open mic sessions, giveaways, jam sessions and more. 

Sponsors
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American Music Furniture

American Music Furniture builds beautiful solid wood furniture for music and studio applications. All products, including Guitar Habitat™ humidified guitar cabinets, are handmade from solid cherry, black walnut, oak, maple and other customer-specified hardwoods in Bucks County, PA.


Friday October 14, 2016 10:30pm - Saturday October 15, 2016 12:30am
Bernardo Ballroom
 
Saturday, October 15
 

8:00am

Yoga for Guitarists with Paul Heumiller

Yoga for guitarists? Yep, you read that right. Dream Guitars' Paul Heumiller, himself a certified yoga instructor, will guide us through some yoga movements to compliment the needs of the fretted instrumentalist with a focus on back, neck, shoulders, wrist and fingers.

No experience necessary, just show up and have fun. 


Speakers
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Paul Heumiller

Owner, Dream Guitars
Dream Guitars was started by Paul Heumiller and fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Martin Simpson. It's a guitar shop with a unique focus: The high-end, handmade instruments of the golden age of lutherie. 


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:00am - 8:45am
Peghead Nation Room (Aragon III C)

9:00am

Lyon & Healy and Washburn Instruments: 1864-1940 with Mark Demaray and Peter Howorth

Lyon & Healy was a leading innovator and producer of stringed instruments for many years.  Fretboard Journal contributors Peter Howorth and Mark Demaray explore the fascinating history of the early days of this company. They will also show many examples of their instruments. Invited musicians will have a chance to play in a guitar orchestra comprising instruments over 100 years old.


 


Speakers
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Mark Demaray

Seattle-based attorney Mark Demaray is an avid guitar collector and researcher. Over the years, he's turned us onto several great stories and innumerable guitars (here's Kenny Smith playing a couple of Mark's guitars). He was a speaker at our first ever Summit and he's returning once again to talk about some of the great vintage acoustics built by Lyon & Healy, Washburn and others.  
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Peter Howorth

California's Peter Howorth first contributed to the Fretboard Journal in our 31st issue, when he shed light on the guitarmaking of the Lyon & Healy and Washburn brands. At our first Summit, Howorth gave a compelling talk that will soon become a Fretboard Journal article about Hawaii's kiawe wood. At this year's Summit, he'll be doing a deep dive on the guitars of Lyon & Healy. 


Saturday October 15, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

9:00am

The Luthiers Roundtable with Michael Gurian and Friends
Join Michael Gurian, Dick Boak and a handful of noteworthy luthiers for a lively Q&A discussion. Whether you want to learn about construction, repair or just your next purchase, these authorities will have plenty of feedback and opinions to get you started. 

Speakers
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Michael Gurian

Founder, Gurian Instruments
Michael Gurian is a living legend in the world of guitars. A product of the Greenwich Village scene of the 1960s, Gurian started out making and repairing classical guitars, ouds and lutes. As his business grew, he expanded to steel string guitars and eventually created one of the first “boutique” guitar factories of the modern era. Today, Gurian is no longer building guitars but he is supplying nearly every major manufacturer with... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Main Stage (Aragon I)

10:00am

The First Bigsby with Gary Hustwit

Paul Bigsby began creating musical instruments in 1943, when he built his own aluminum lap steel guitar. He showed this first instrument to Joaquin Murphey, steel guitarist for Spade Cooley, who ordered one and kickstarted Bigsby’s building career. Bigsby went on to pioneer the solidbody electric guitar and invent the vibrato system that bears his name, but the whereabouts of that first instrument have always been a mystery. After a 75-year odyssey involving a teenaged Beatles fan, a Cadillac and the Freemasons, the First Bigsby unexpectedly resurfaced this year. Join us for a special session where we’ll unveil the guitar to the public for the first time, hear the story of its rediscovery from owner Gary Hustwit and experience it played live.



Speakers
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Gary Hustwit

Gary Hustwit is the guitar-obsessed director of documentaries Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. He's also the CEO of Scenic, a virtual reality studio based in Brooklyn. As one of the world's best authorities on design, we can't wait to hear Hustwit interview some of the electric guitar makers at the second Summit. 


Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Main Stage (Aragon I)

10:00am

Why Small Things Matter: A Repair-Person’s Look at Some of the Little Things that Make a Big Difference to a Guitar’s Tone

Mark Stutman, Folkway Music founder and restoration specialist, will share some of his observations from 20 years of repairing and restoring guitars, old and new. A guitar’s tone is affected by hundreds of variables - many of which most players rarely give much thought to. From the height and fit of a guitar’s saddle to the mass of the tuning machines, every little detail makes a difference - and these can add up to affect your instrument’s tone in a significant way. Getting that last 5% of tone out of your guitar is just a few steps away. This discussion will arm you with some solid insight into how to make sure your guitar is sounding its best.



Speakers
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Mark Stutman

Owner, Folkway Music
Since founding Folkway Music in 1999, Mark Stutman has quickly earned a reputation for not only carrying some of the world’s finest instruments but being able to fix them, as well. A former student of Sergei de Jonge, Stutman is one of the go-to repairmen for high-end vintage instruments and counts among his clients Ry Cooder and Joe Henry. We interviewed Stutman back in 2013 for this site. Stutman appeared at our first Summit in 2015 and... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

10:00am

Solo Flatpicking Accompaniment with Courtney Hartman

The Della Mae guitarist is one of the hottest young flatpickers around, but she’s also an inventive accompanist, songwriter, and singer. In this workshop, Courtney talks about creating interesting solo accompaniment parts for your songs, as well as how to flesh out simple (and not so simple) melodies with a flatpick.



Moderators
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Peghead Nation

With Peghead Nation’s subscription-based e-learning courses, musicians learn to play their favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. They also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with our video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Courtney Hartman

Courtney Hartman

Della Mae's Courtney Hartman is a Fretboard Summit alum, having performed both a solo set and alongside Bryan Sutton at our first event. We couldn't resist asking Hartman back, as her flatpicking is world-class (she'll be teaching a class or two to Summit attendees during the weekend if you need pointers) and her original songs are drop dead gorgeous.


Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Peghead Nation Room (Aragon III C)

10:00am

PLEK Roundtable with Joe Glaser, TJ Thompson, Roger Sadowsky and Dana Bourgeois

Letting a robot dress the frets of your guitar? You bet. We’ll have an entire panel on the PLEK. We’ll talk to a handful of PLEK fans (including some of the biggest guitar makers alive today), along with a skeptic or two. Led by Nashville’s Joe Glaser, PLEK expert and one of the country’s great guitar repairmen.



Moderators
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Joe Glaser

Glaser Instruments / PLEK
When Nashville's elite musicians need to have their instruments fixed, Joe Glaser is typically the first tech they'll call. Glaser and his team see countless acoustic and electric guitars on a monthly basis and had a huge impact on saving instruments during Nashville's 2010 flood.

Speakers
avatar for Dana Bourgeois

Dana Bourgeois

Bourgeois Guitars
Every time we talk to Maine’s Dana Bourgeois we learn something new about guitar construction and tonewoods. Bourgeois was featured in The Fretboard Journal, but he’s also been a guest on our podcast and a frequent resource for our magazine’s editors and writers. His talk at the first Fretboard Summit was such a hit, we couldn't resist asking him to bring it back to our 2016 event. 
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Roger Sadowsky

Sadowsky Guitars
The word "legend" gets thrown around a lot, but New York's Roger Sadowsky is a legend in both bass and guitar circles. His exquisite instruments have ended up in the hands of Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, Marcus Miller, Will Lee and many other virtuosos. The Fretboard Journal recently did an entertaining podcast with Sadowsky on the instruments he built for Prince but we can't wait to hear what other stories and... Read More →
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TJ Thompson

TJ Thompson Guitars / Pro Luthier Tools
When it comes to priceless Golden Era Martins and Gibsons, it's safe to say that TJ Thompson is one of the most trusted repairmen around. His own guitar creations - exacting reproductions of old Martins - are also some of the most coveted new instruments available. TJ has been featured on the Fretboard Journal podcast before, as well as in our magazine and on our website. At the second annual Summit, he'll be debuting his "Myth Busters" talk... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Vintage Vault (Aragon IIIB)

11:00am

Banjo Wars: Innovations and Marketing the Banjo, 1865-1898 with Stu Cohen

The post-Civil War till the turn of the century was a period of innovation leading to the banjo we know today. The five Dobson brothers were at the vanguard of these innovations. The Music Emporium founder Stu Cohen walks us through their history and that of their commercial rival, S. S. Stewart.



Speakers
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Stu Cohen

Co-Founder, The Music Emporium
Stu Cohen has been buying, selling and trading instruments since the early '60s. He opened the Music Emporium in 1968 and is an expert on American fretted instruments, including guitars, banjos and mandolins. 


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

11:00am

The Dialogue of Tone with Bryan Galloup

Bryan Galloup will lead an interactive demonstration using his Galloup Wood Management and Instrument Making System. The goal of this demonstration is to create a dialog about tonewoods used in the instrument making process and the effects they have on the final instrument. This hands-on seminar invites participants to “tone tap” tonewoods and analyze them with this easy to use, real-time software. In addition, participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments to analyze as to create a better understanding of the properties of acoustic instruments to encourage a conversation about tone.


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Bryan Galloup

Founder, Galloup Guitars
In addition to being one of the world's best acoustic guitar makers, luthier Bryan Galloup is also one of the world's best guitar educators. His Galloup School of Guitar Building and Repair has taught countless builders the finer points of how to be full-time guitar makers and guitar techs. 


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Main Stage (Aragon I)

11:00am

What Is Handmade? with Howard Klepper

Bay area lutherie veteran Howard Klepper addresses the age old question: Just what constitutes a “handmade” guitar? He’ll review some of what has been said by others about the physical differences between hand- and factory-made guitars, but he’ll also distinguish hand craft from production work in general and why people may value handcraft apart from whether or not it creates a better product. Klepper will apply those distinctions to some of the changing guitar building methods now used by individuals and boutique factories, including his own shop. Discussion among those attending is welcome.



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Howard Klepper

Howard Klepper began repairing guitars in the late 1960s. In the 1970s he had a repair shop in Berkley and began building acoustic guitars. He then took a 20-year break from instruments to pursue careers in law and philosophy. He decided to return to working with his hands in 1997 after holding academic positions at institutions including Harvard and Stanford Universities. In 2007, Howard moved to the wine country of Sonoma, California where he... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Vintage Vault (Aragon IIIB)

11:00am

Improvising for Solo Guitar with Eric Skye

Fingerstyle guitarist Eric Skye is known for, among other things, his reimagining of Miles Davis’ classic Kind of Blue for solo guitar (an album he'll be performing in its entirety this weekend). In this workshop he shares his ideas and techniques for using a jazz approach to improvising on blues, Americana, and contemporary styles as a solo guitarist.



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Peghead Nation

With Peghead Nation’s subscription-based e-learning courses, musicians learn to play their favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. They also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with our video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous... Read More →

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Eric Skye

Portland, Oregon's Eric Skye is one fingerstyle guitarist we can't get enough of, whether he's performing solo, with Mark Goldenberg or (gasp) with a pick in his new duo with Tim Connell. For this year's Summit set, Skye is plotting something truly audacious: He'll be playing Miles Davis' Kind of Blue album from start to finish on solo guitar.


Saturday October 15, 2016 11:00am - 11:45am
Peghead Nation Room (Aragon III C)

1:00pm

It’s the Little Things with Preston Thompson

Preston Thompson started off guitar making in the ‘80s with his interest in pre-war guitars being heightened by his friendship with Charles Sawtelle and his vintage collection. When Preston acquired his 1892 Martin Parlor it was an inspiration to craft something modern day from the best of the past because of the how the little guitar packed a “big wallop.”



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Preston Thompson

Founder, Preston Thompson Guitars
Preston Thompson has a fascinating backstory: A graduate of Charles Fox's School of the Guitar Research & Design Center in Vermont, he went on to work at Randy Wood’s legendary Old Time Pickin’ Parlor. In the 1980s, Preston’s custom acoustic guitars attracted the attention of the top flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarists in the world, most notably Charles Sawtelle of Hot Rize. After a long hiatus away from guitars... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

1:00pm

Vintage Gibson Panel with Mark Stutman, Will Lowe, John Thomas and Jim Baggett
Join some of the world's foremost authorities on vintage acoustic Gibson instruments for an off-the-cuff discussion on their care and feeding, sales trends, repairs and more. 

Moderators
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Jason Verlinde

Publisher, The Fretboard Journal
In 2005, Jason Verlinde quit his corporate day job to start the Fretboad Journal with Michael John Simmons. He's still, somehow, at it. Verlinde wears at lot of hats at the FJ: He's the publisher and editor as well as the host of the magazine's weekly podcast. The Fretboard Summit, which began in 2015, is his latest extension to the FJ universe. 

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Jim Baggett

Owner, Mass Street Music
Mass Street Music owner and founder Jim Baggett is a pre-war Martin aficionado, experienced luthier and instrument appraiser. You’ve undoubtedly seen him on Antiques Roadshow appraising fine guitars and violins. He has also served as a consultant to Martin guitars. Baggett could talk about any number of subjects in depth, but at this year’s Summit, he'll be helming our panel on vintage Martin guitar collecting. 
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David Sheppard

Luthier David Sheppard is the in-house repair expert for Lowe Vintage in Burlington, North Carolina.
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Mark Stutman

Owner, Folkway Music
Since founding Folkway Music in 1999, Mark Stutman has quickly earned a reputation for not only carrying some of the world’s finest instruments but being able to fix them, as well. A former student of Sergei de Jonge, Stutman is one of the go-to repairmen for high-end vintage instruments and counts among his clients Ry Cooder and Joe Henry. We interviewed Stutman back in 2013 for this site. Stutman appeared at our first Summit in 2015 and... Read More →
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John Thomas

Frequent FJ contributor John Thomas has penned stories for us on nearly every facet of the guitar world: from CITES, to Jackson Browne, to the art of lutherie (his issue nine profile of builder Kim Walker is here). Thomas recently blogged about his first guitarmaking project with builder Jay Licthy, but perhaps is best known as the author of Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women & Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of... Read More →
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TJ Thompson

TJ Thompson Guitars / Pro Luthier Tools
When it comes to priceless Golden Era Martins and Gibsons, it's safe to say that TJ Thompson is one of the most trusted repairmen around. His own guitar creations - exacting reproductions of old Martins - are also some of the most coveted new instruments available. TJ has been featured on the Fretboard Journal podcast before, as well as in our magazine and on our website. At the second annual Summit, he'll be debuting his "Myth Busters" talk... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Vintage Vault (Aragon IIIB)

1:00pm

Guitarmania: Laurence Juber & Dick Boak

C. F. Martin & Co is proud to present “Guitarmania to Beatlemania: The Evolution of the Acoustic Guitar,” featuring renowned Grammy Award-winning, guitar virtuoso Laurence Juber. Dick Boak, archivist for Martin Guitar, will present an interactive history of the 183-year-old guitar company, showcase an array of historically significant guitars that trace the instrument's evolution, and highlight the succession of famed guitarists that have contributed to American musical culture. In addition to performing on period instruments, Juber will discuss his work composing, recording and serving as the lead guitarist with Paul McCartney's band Wings, as well as his prolific work as a solo instrumentalist.



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Dick Boak

Martin Guitar
Pennsylvania-based graphic artist, writer, woodworker, musician and long time Martin Guitar employee Dick Boak is a familiar name to anyone who is passionate about guitars. For forty years, Boak has tirelessly worked at Martin in a variety of roles, from his start as a drafsman to his current title as the Director of the Museum and Archives and "Special Projects." Boak is perhaps best known for helming Martin's legendary Artist... Read More →

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Laurence Juber

First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's band Wings, Laurence Juber has since established himself as a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger. Juber, known to his fans as "LJ," has released 23 solo albums which spotlight Juber’s unique touch and tone on solo acoustic guitar. During this year's Summit, Juber will perform a solo set and participate in an interactive session with Martin's Dick... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

1:00pm

Electric Guitar Gathering with Creston Lea, Austen Hooks, Reuben Cox, Giovanni Loria and Chris Young (Union Tube & Transistor)
Join some of the electric guitar world's most interesting innovators - amp guru Austen Hooks, electric guitar builder Creston Lea and pedal builder Chris Young (Union Tube & Transistor) - in this hands-on session. 
1 pm - Creston Lea
1:20 pm - Austen Hooks 
1:40 pm - Giovanni Loria (Black Volt)
2 pm - Chris Young (Union Tube & Transistor)

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Reuben Cox

Founder, Old Style Guitar Shop
Reuben Cox may not own the largest guitar store in Los Angeles, but his Old Style Guitar Shop is arguably the coolest. Cox focuses on eclectic vintage instruments - acoustic and electric - and even creates some unique and affordable creations of his own. Beyond knowing a ton about instruments, he's an accomplished photographer and has shot many cover stories for the Fretboard Journal, including our features on Ry Cooder and Danny Ferrington.
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Austen Hooks

Southern California's Austen Hooks has been called an amplifier wizard by more than a few people. Though he keeps a low-profile, he's perhaps best known for his Filmosound conversions - turning military grade film projectors into workhorse guitar amplifiers. Blake Mills, Anthony Wilson and Mason Stoops are just a couple of tone fanatics who swear by his amps. At this year's Summit, he'll once again be letting folks see some of his new custom... Read More →
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Creston Lea

owner, Creston Electric Instruments
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Giovanni Loria

Black Volt Amplification
Though his company Black Volt Amplification is relatively new to the scene, Giovanni Loria is already gaining alcolades for his guitar and harp amp creations and his exacting repair work to vintage amps. The Fretboard Journal profiled Gio Loria on our website earlier this year (read the article here) and we're excited to have him show off some of his new models as well as walk us through the building blocks of guitar amplification... Read More →
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Chris Young

Owner, Union Tube & Transistor
Over the last several years, Chris Young's Union Tube & Transistor has won accolades in the world of boutique pedal aficionados. Chris will be showcasing some of his latest creations in the hands-on Electric Guitar session with Austen Hooks and others, up in the Benardo Ballroom on Saturday. In addition to being the guy behind Union, Chris is a co-owner of Vancouver's coolest little guitar shop (and FJ dealer), Exile (located, of course... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Bernardo Ballroom

2:00pm

The Luthier's Apprentice with Elizabeth Jayne Henderson
For the last several years, Jayne Henderson has been learning the craft of guitarmaking from one of the best, her dad, Wayne Henderson. During this talk, Jayne will reflect on some of the best lessons she's learned from her father as well as reveal some of her own guitar and ukulele creations. 

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Elizabeth Jayne Henderson

EJ Henderson Guitars and Ukuleles
Elizabeth Jayne Henderson was on track to have a career in environmental law when she decided to learning how to build instruments from her father, Wayne Henderson. Several years later, she has now established her own full-time business building fine acoustic guitars and ukuleles in the heart of the Appalachian mountains. Henderson is an exceptional storyteller - just check out her candid blog on working alongside her dad - and we can't wait... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

2:00pm

Alternate Tunings in Celtic Music with Tony McManus

Celtic guitarists use a variety of alternate tunings, from simple dropped-D tuning to more obscure tunings like DAAEAE, a tuning Tony McManus uses to emulate the bagpipes. Tony demonstrates some of his favorite tunings and talks about why he chooses one over another for creating different sounds in Irish and Scottish music.



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Peghead Nation

With Peghead Nation’s subscription-based e-learning courses, musicians learn to play their favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. They also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with our video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous... Read More →

Artists
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Tony McManus

Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Peghead Nation Room (Aragon III C)

2:00pm

The New Guard of Guitar Stores with Michael James Adams, Will Lowe, Paul Heumiller, Mark Stutman and Reuben Cox
Over the last decade, a new breed of stores have popped up. Some are brick & mortar, some are run out of homes but all seem to have found their niche and customer base. We'll talk to a handful of wildly different shops about how they sell guitars in the 2010s, the impact that Instagram and Reverb have had on their sales and other ways they market to the next generation of guitar collectors. 

Moderators
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Jason Verlinde

Publisher, The Fretboard Journal
In 2005, Jason Verlinde quit his corporate day job to start the Fretboad Journal with Michael John Simmons. He's still, somehow, at it. Verlinde wears at lot of hats at the FJ: He's the publisher and editor as well as the host of the magazine's weekly podcast. The Fretboard Summit, which began in 2015, is his latest extension to the FJ universe. 

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Michael James Adams

Co-Founder, Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar
Michael James Adams is one of the "Mike's" of Seattle's cult favorite guitar shop, Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar. But that barely scratches the surface of his resume: Adams is also an electric guitar repairman, offset guitar expert and accomplished musician. Known to nearly 30,000 Instagram fans as @puisheen, he's also a master of social media.  
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Reuben Cox

Founder, Old Style Guitar Shop
Reuben Cox may not own the largest guitar store in Los Angeles, but his Old Style Guitar Shop is arguably the coolest. Cox focuses on eclectic vintage instruments - acoustic and electric - and even creates some unique and affordable creations of his own. Beyond knowing a ton about instruments, he's an accomplished photographer and has shot many cover stories for the Fretboard Journal, including our features on Ry Cooder and Danny Ferrington.
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Paul Heumiller

Owner, Dream Guitars
Dream Guitars was started by Paul Heumiller and fingerstyle guitarist extraordinaire Martin Simpson. It's a guitar shop with a unique focus: The high-end, handmade instruments of the golden age of lutherie. 
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Will Lowe

Co-Founder, Lowe Vintage
In a relatively short time, Will Lowe and his father (the guys behind Lowe Vintage) have created one of the go-to vintage shops for collectible Martins and Gibsons. Their store was recently named one of the Top 100 Music Stores in the World by NAMM and continues to unearth Loars, Herringbones and other gems. 
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Mark Stutman

Owner, Folkway Music
Since founding Folkway Music in 1999, Mark Stutman has quickly earned a reputation for not only carrying some of the world’s finest instruments but being able to fix them, as well. A former student of Sergei de Jonge, Stutman is one of the go-to repairmen for high-end vintage instruments and counts among his clients Ry Cooder and Joe Henry. We interviewed Stutman back in 2013 for this site. Stutman appeared at our first Summit in 2015 and... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Vintage Vault (Aragon IIIB)

3:00pm

Beyond Kalamazoo: A Look at the Enduring Legacy of the Women-Built ‘Banner’ Gibsons with John Thomas and Dale Fairbanks

Author and FJ contributor John Thomas and luthier Dale Fairbanks talk about the replication of the only “Banner” Gibson every reinspected by its WWII-era inspector. Flatpicker extraordinaire Bob Minner will demonstrate the original and the replica, signed by one of the original Gals and bearing bits of wood that somehow escaped the Gibson factory during WWII, before passing the guitars to the audience.



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Dale Fairbanks

Luthier, Fairbanks Guitars
While there are several builders who are able to mimic the sounds of a pre-war Martin, building an accurate reproduction of a vintage Gibson has proven to be more ellusive. Connecticut builder Dale Fairbanks is one of those rare builders who seems to channel the sounds and vibe of the early Kalamazoo-built instruments, including Smecks, Nick Lucas and "Banner" Gibsons. 
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John Thomas

Frequent FJ contributor John Thomas has penned stories for us on nearly every facet of the guitar world: from CITES, to Jackson Browne, to the art of lutherie (his issue nine profile of builder Kim Walker is here). Thomas recently blogged about his first guitarmaking project with builder Jay Licthy, but perhaps is best known as the author of Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of Extraordinary Women & Gibson’s “Banner” Guitars of... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

3:00pm

Electric Guitar Design with Saul Koll, Creston Lea and Gary Hustwit

Film director, guitar collector and design aficionado Gary Hustwit (HelveticaObjectifiedI Am Trying to Break Your Heart) interviews Saul Koll, Creston Lea and TK Smith about the aesthetic choices that go behind each instrument they make, what motivates them and where they’re headed. A deep dive into the world of design with some of the best.


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Gary Hustwit

Gary Hustwit is the guitar-obsessed director of documentaries Helvetica, Objectified and Urbanized. He's also the CEO of Scenic, a virtual reality studio based in Brooklyn. As one of the world's best authorities on design, we can't wait to hear Hustwit interview some of the electric guitar makers at the second Summit. 

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Saul Koll

Owner, Koll Guitar Co.
Though he has yet to get the full Fretboard Journal feature treatment (we're working on it, we promise), Portland, Oregon's Saul Koll has long been one of our favorite electric guitar makers. For thirty years, he's created some truly original creations, including his legendary Glide body shape. Famous Koll owners include David Torn, Elliot Sharp, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Henry Kaiser and longtime FJ friend Bill Frisell. This will be Koll's... Read More →
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Creston Lea

owner, Creston Electric Instruments

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TK Smith

Guitarmaker TK Smith has one of the most fascinating back stories around: He's been a Disney “Imagineer," a surfboard shaper, a professional musician (playing guitar in Big Sandy & Fly Rite Boys) and now he's building electric guitars and mandolins full-time. Smith's work harkens to the classic designs of Paul Bigsby but nearly everything he does is built from scratch out of his Southern California workshop. TK was featured in... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

3:00pm

Hot Jazz Guitar with Matt Munisteri
Matt Munisteri’s early jazz style is rooted in the guitar styles of 1920s and ’30s jazz plectrum guitarists Eddie Lang, Nick Lucas, George Van Eps, and others. In this workshop, he shows you how features of their chord-melody voicings, rhythm playing, single-line phrasing, and pick techniques can be applied to any style of acoustic guitar playing.

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Peghead Nation

With Peghead Nation’s subscription-based e-learning courses, musicians learn to play their favorite instruments with some of the best teachers in the roots music community. They also stay up-to-date with the latest happenings and news from the roots music world with our video demonstrations of new instruments and gear, reviews of great new albums and videos, backstage conversations with touring musicians, thought-provoking and humorous... Read More →

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Matt Munisteri

Though New York’s Matt Munisteri has yet to receive the full Fretboard Journal feature treatment (we did shoot a video with him, as well as a podcast), he’s one of our all-time favorite guitarists. Munisteri can deftly reference the music of Bill Monroe, Willard Robison or Brian Wilson, making him the perfect foil for whatever crazy guitar themes we come up with during the Summit.


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Peghead Nation Room (Aragon III C)

3:00pm

Vintage Martin Panel with Jim Baggett, TJ Thompson, Will Lowe and others
Martin guitars have always had a rabid following and for good reason. During this panel, we'll talk to a handful of Martin experts about collectability trends, the greatest Martin they've ever played, sleeper models and more. 

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Jim Baggett

Owner, Mass Street Music
Mass Street Music owner and founder Jim Baggett is a pre-war Martin aficionado, experienced luthier and instrument appraiser. You’ve undoubtedly seen him on Antiques Roadshow appraising fine guitars and violins. He has also served as a consultant to Martin guitars. Baggett could talk about any number of subjects in depth, but at this year’s Summit, he'll be helming our panel on vintage Martin guitar collecting. 
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Dick Boak

Martin Guitar
Pennsylvania-based graphic artist, writer, woodworker, musician and long time Martin Guitar employee Dick Boak is a familiar name to anyone who is passionate about guitars. For forty years, Boak has tirelessly worked at Martin in a variety of roles, from his start as a drafsman to his current title as the Director of the Museum and Archives and "Special Projects." Boak is perhaps best known for helming Martin's legendary Artist... Read More →
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Eric Schoenberg

Schoenberg Guitars
Various guitar enthusiasts know Eric Schoenberg for different reasons: for some, he's a world-class vintage guitar dealers; for others, he's the mastermind behind Schoenberg Guitars, commissioning guitars from some of the world's best builders; for others, he's one of the greatest ragtime guitarists to ever play. We can't to hear Schoenberg's expertise at the second Summit, as well as see some of his store's finest offerings. 
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David Sheppard

Luthier David Sheppard is the in-house repair expert for Lowe Vintage in Burlington, North Carolina.
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TJ Thompson

TJ Thompson Guitars / Pro Luthier Tools
When it comes to priceless Golden Era Martins and Gibsons, it's safe to say that TJ Thompson is one of the most trusted repairmen around. His own guitar creations - exacting reproductions of old Martins - are also some of the most coveted new instruments available. TJ has been featured on the Fretboard Journal podcast before, as well as in our magazine and on our website. At the second annual Summit, he'll be debuting his "Myth Busters" talk... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 3:00pm - 3:45pm
Vintage Vault (Aragon IIIB)

4:00pm

Masonite in the Night: Danelectro Tips and Tricks with Jim Washburn

Danelectro smartypants Jim Washburn shares decades of Danelectro tales and tips on how to eke the most from your Dano, plus some dreadful mods. FJ contributor Washburn co-authored (with Richard Johnston) Martin Guitars: An Illustrated History of America's Premier Guitarmaker and (with Dick Boak) the upcoming The Martin Archives. He has covered music and popular culture for the LA Times, the OC Register and a host of guitar mags, commencing with a 1983 Guitar World article that remains the primary source of information on Danelectros.



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Jim Washburn

Fretboard Journal contributor Jim Washburn is a prolific writer on guitars: He co-authored (with Richard Johnston) Martin Guitars: An Illustrated History of America's Premier Guitarmaker and the upcoming The Martin Archives (with Dick Boak) . He has covered music and popular culture for the LA Times, the OC Register and a host of guitar mags, commencing with a 1983 Guitar World article that... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

6:30pm

Bob Minner
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Bob Minner

Bob Minner is a world-class acoustic flatpicking guitarist as well as the longtime rhythm guitarist for country superstar Tim McGraw. He is an accomplished guitarist, winning major contests in the '80s and has developed a unique sound all his own. Minner was featured in the Fretboard Journal's 34th issue and also was the subject of one of our video shoots where he played a contemporary Ken Hooper guitar and compared it to his 1942 Gibson J-45.


Saturday October 15, 2016 6:30pm - 7:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

7:30pm

Matt Munisteri
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Matt Munisteri

Though New York’s Matt Munisteri has yet to receive the full Fretboard Journal feature treatment (we did shoot a video with him, as well as a podcast), he’s one of our all-time favorite guitarists. Munisteri can deftly reference the music of Bill Monroe, Willard Robison or Brian Wilson, making him the perfect foil for whatever crazy guitar themes we come up with during the Summit.


Saturday October 15, 2016 7:30pm - 8:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

8:30pm

Anthony Wilson
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Anthony Wilson

An inventive soloist and sensitive accompanist, Anthony Wilson has provided texture and authority both on stage and in recording sessions for jazz legends such as Mose Allison, Bobby Hutcherson, Madeleine Peyroux, Bennie Wallace, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Harold Land, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Since the late 1980s he has been a member of his father’s jazz orchestra, assuming the leadership of the ensemble since the maestro’s... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

8:30pm

Anthony Wilson

An inventive soloist and sensitive accompanist, Anthony Wilson has provided texture and authority both on stage and in recording sessions for jazz legends such as Mose Allison, Bobby Hutcherson, Madeleine Peyroux, Bennie Wallace, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Harold Land, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Since the late 1980s he has been a member of his father’s jazz orchestra, assuming the leadership of the ensemble since the maestro’s passing in 2014.

While his footing is firmly in the jazz idiom, Wilson pivots with ease into other genres. Over the last decade, he’s been part of sessions and performances with a diverse roster of artists, including Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson, Leon Russell, Aaron Neville and Barbra Streisand. The Fretboard Journal shot a memorable session with Anthony's Seasons Quartet in 2014 and we adore his new record, Frogtown


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Anthony Wilson

An inventive soloist and sensitive accompanist, Anthony Wilson has provided texture and authority both on stage and in recording sessions for jazz legends such as Mose Allison, Bobby Hutcherson, Madeleine Peyroux, Bennie Wallace, Joe Sample, Al Jarreau, Harold Land, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. Since the late 1980s he has been a member of his father’s jazz orchestra, assuming the leadership of the ensemble since the maestro’s... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm - 9:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

9:30pm

Tony McManus
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Tony McManus

Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. In Tony’s hands the complex ornamentation normally associated with fiddles and pipes are accurately transferred to guitar in a way that preserves the integrity and emotional... Read More →


Saturday October 15, 2016 9:30pm - 10:15pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

10:15pm

Drew Christie - 'Drawn & Recorded'

A Summit Premiere: Drawn & Recorded is a short animated series that examines the stories that fell between the floorboards of American music history. Narrated by the legendary T-Bone Burnett and animated by Fretboard Journal contributor Drew Christie. Christie will be on-hand to debut some of these films for the very first time, field questions and describe the process of making this wonderful films. 



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Saturday October 15, 2016 10:15pm - 11:00pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

10:30pm

After Hours Lounge / Open Mic
After the festivities, we'll have a guitar trivia contest, late night jamming and plenty of surprises. It all takes place in the Bernardo Ballroom, just up the hill from the main stage / exhibitors. 

Saturday October 15, 2016 10:30pm - Sunday October 16, 2016 1:00am
Bernardo Ballroom
 
Sunday, October 16
 

9:00am

One-on-One with Michael Gurian
A couple of months before his official retirement, guitarmaking legend Michael Gurian gets interviewed by his longtime friend, Dick Boak of Martin Guitars. 

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Dick Boak

Martin Guitar
Pennsylvania-based graphic artist, writer, woodworker, musician and long time Martin Guitar employee Dick Boak is a familiar name to anyone who is passionate about guitars. For forty years, Boak has tirelessly worked at Martin in a variety of roles, from his start as a drafsman to his current title as the Director of the Museum and Archives and "Special Projects." Boak is perhaps best known for helming Martin's legendary Artist... Read More →

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Michael Gurian

Founder, Gurian Instruments
Michael Gurian is a living legend in the world of guitars. A product of the Greenwich Village scene of the 1960s, Gurian started out making and repairing classical guitars, ouds and lutes. As his business grew, he expanded to steel string guitars and eventually created one of the first “boutique” guitar factories of the modern era. Today, Gurian is no longer building guitars but he is supplying nearly every major manufacturer with... Read More →


Sunday October 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

9:45am

Guitars and Coffee - Vintage Guitar Swap
Once again, we're bringing back the Summit's Guitars & Coffee. Do your last minute buying and selling, horse trade or just have one last glance at the great guitars being offered via our dealers and fellow FJ readers. 

Sunday October 16, 2016 9:45am - 10:15am
Vintage Vault (Aragon IIIB)

10:30am

Tony Marcus
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Tony Marcus

The L-5 contingent will be strong at this year’s Summit, thanks in part to Bay Area guitarist Tony Marcus. You may know Marcus as one of the guitarists in R. Crumb’s Cheap Suit Serenaders or for his work in Cats & Jammers; he has also toured and recorded with Geoff Muldaur. He's a perennial favorite around these parts and one of the most tasteful jazz guitarists around. Marcus and his partner Patrice Haan will perform together as Leftover... Read More →


Sunday October 16, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Main Stage (Aragon I)

10:30am

A Roundtable Discussion of Guitar Acoustics and Design (Dana Bourgeois, Andy Powers and Rick Turner)
What better way to close out the Summit than having three of America's top builders - Andy Powers, Rick Turner and Dana Bourgeois - dive deep into acoustic guitar construction and philosphy? Expect food for thought and plenty of opinions before we send you off with the closing musical acts on Sunday morning. 

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Dana Bourgeois

Bourgeois Guitars
Every time we talk to Maine’s Dana Bourgeois we learn something new about guitar construction and tonewoods. Bourgeois was featured in The Fretboard Journal, but he’s also been a guest on our podcast and a frequent resource for our magazine’s editors and writers. His talk at the first Fretboard Summit was such a hit, we couldn't resist asking him to bring it back to our 2016 event. 
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Andy Powers

Taylor
In 2012, Bob Taylor did the unthinkable: He hired Andy Powers, an independent luthier working out of his Oceanside, California garage, to help steer the future of Taylor Guitars. Powers has done just that, revitalizing the 800 and 600 series, unveiling new models and continuing to refine and shape the future of their guitar offerings. In addition to being a master builder, Powers is an exceptional musician (we hope he'll play a bit at this year's... Read More →
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Rick Turner

Owner, Rick Turner Guitar Company
Rick Turner is one of the guitarmaking world's great innovators. From his days at Alembic up through his work with D-TAR and his Renaissance line of instruments, Turner continues to surprise us with his focus on an instrument's tone, amplification and design. 


Sunday October 16, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am
Lecture Hall (Aragon IIIA)

11:30am

TK Smith w/ Special Guests
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TK Smith

Guitarmaker TK Smith has one of the most fascinating back stories around: He's been a Disney “Imagineer," a surfboard shaper, a professional musician (playing guitar in Big Sandy & Fly Rite Boys) and now he's building electric guitars and mandolins full-time. Smith's work harkens to the classic designs of Paul Bigsby but nearly everything he does is built from scratch out of his Southern California workshop. TK was featured in... Read More →


Sunday October 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)

12:15pm

Molly Tuttle
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Molly Tuttle

During Bryan Sutton’s 2015 IBMA Guitarist of the Year award speech, he spotlighted 15 great, young guitarists to look out for. We’re proud to have a few of his favorites at this year’s Summit, including Molly Tuttle. Tuttle literally grew up at Gryphon Stringed Instruments in the Bay Area, where her dad, Jack, is a fiddle instructor. She’s now living in Nashville (Billy Strings, another FJ favorite, is a roommate) with a Berklee degree... Read More →


Sunday October 16, 2016 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Main Stage (Aragon I)