The luthier: the best friend of your instrument

A luthier, from the French word luth , manufactures or repairs stringed instruments. For those outside the world of violin making, the term could be more closely associated with acoustic guitar making, but people who make mandolins, banjos, violins, cellos, dancanons, ukuleles, and other stringed instruments are also luthiers .

The luthiers themselves sometimes have to distinguish between plucked or scraped string instruments and the making of instruments that are used with a bow. In some cases, the luthiers perform only the repair of the instruments, without having the capacity to manufacture them.

In our modern era of automated design, assembly lines and prefabricated products, luthiers stands out as old-world craftsmen. The art of making and repairing stringed instruments goes back to antiquity, evoking a love for music. The luthier is a musician’s best friend, keeping his string instrument in excellent condition to increase the instrument’s life and maintain sound quality.

Many non-professional musicians playing music for personal pleasure may not be aware that luthiers exist or that instruments can (and should) be adjusted over time. The constant tension of the wood created by the strings, the environmental factors and other circumstances can combine to slowly push an instrument towards a deterioration This reduces by a factor known as playability, but a visit to the luthier is all that is necessary to give a personal mark to an instrument

Luthiers can also repair many types of physical damage. A common type of damage is a bumpy soundboard (at the top of the guitar), or at the back. It is often a physical trauma that crossed the finish line of the instrument and entered the wood. A luthier can clean, seal, patch and finish for the damaged area.

If the buzz strings, if the action is at the top, if a precious or sentimental instrument is damaged, or if your instrument has spent years in the closet, a luthier is the person to call . Under his supervision, your instrument will find all its charm. Often, professionals buy top of the range guitars and will immediately bring it to the luthier for this one he puts a personalized touch by improving certain points such as the height between the strings and the neck.

Music stores routinely provide luthier services to provide a complementary service to their customers who purchase instruments. If you instrument is valuable to you, you should perhaps check the sources of your instrument maker. Often small workshops are the best compared to big box stores. It is also worth paying a little more expensive to have the services of a very experienced luthier, if your instrument is important to you.