Luthier -- A Lost Art
If you're wondering what a guitar luthier is, the only thing you need to know is that a luthier is a craftsman who makes stringed instruments.
So, essentially, when you say the words “guitar luthier”, you're referring to a craftsman who specializes in guitars.
That being said, you might be wondering if there are still guitar luthiers around when there are machines for making guitars. However, the truth is that, nobody can ever replace the quality of hand-made guitars.
Yes, they may be expensive, but they are worth it, (like anything else in life, you only get what you pay for. So, if you want only the best quality guitars, you should only get it from a guitar luthier. Of course, if you really love guitars, you don't want to just buy them, you want to make them. Thankfully, there are many ways out there that you can learn how to make a guitar. The first is really the most obvious one:
You sign up for a class on guitar making and then gather your materials to make your very first guitar. The only disadvantage to this type of class is that you need to drive or take a ride to class. The other way is by signing up for online classes.
There are many websites out there that are dedicated to the fine art of making guitars. If you don't know of any website, just go to Google and search for “guitar luthier classes”.
You should be able to see artisans websites that are dedicated to the art of making guitars. Of course, not all websites are created alike, and there are those that are better than others. You will want to sign up with websites that have forums where you can share stories with other wannabe guitar makers. We are proud luthiers, continuing the tradition.