Loading…
This event has ended. View the official site or create your own event → Check it out
This event has ended. Create your own
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... 
View analytic

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Panel Discussion [clear filter]
Friday, October 14
 

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
avatar for Rick Turner

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)
 
Saturday, October 15
 

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
avatar for Michael Gurian

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

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
avatar for Joe Glaser

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. 
avatar for Roger Sadowsky

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 →
avatar for TJ Thompson

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)

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
avatar for Jason Verlinde

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. 

Speakers
avatar for Jim Baggett

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. 
DS

David Sheppard

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

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 →
avatar for John Thomas

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 →
avatar for TJ Thompson

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

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)

Speakers
avatar for Reuben Cox

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.
avatar for Austen Hooks

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 →
avatar for Creston Lea

Creston Lea

owner, Creston Electric Instruments
avatar for Giovanni Loria

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 →
avatar for Chris Young

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 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
avatar for Jason Verlinde

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. 

Speakers
avatar for Michael James Adams

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.  
avatar for Reuben Cox

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.
avatar for Paul Heumiller

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. 
avatar for Will Lowe

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. 
avatar for Mark Stutman

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

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. 

Speakers
avatar for Jim Baggett

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. 
avatar for Dick Boak

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 →
avatar for Eric Schoenberg

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. 
DS

David Sheppard

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

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)
 
Sunday, October 16
 

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. 

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. 
avatar for Andy Powers

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 →
avatar for Rick Turner

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)