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List of Famous Luthiers

List of famous luthiers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top luthiers in the world? This includes the most prominent luthiers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable luthiers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic luthiers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned luthiers.

List ranges from Giovanni Battista Guadagnini to Antonio Stradivari and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known luthiers to the lesser known luthiers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the luthier field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous luthiers ever?" and "What are the names of famous luthiers?" then you're in the right place. (41 items)

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    Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible. Les taught himself how to play guitar and while he is mainly ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 94 (1915-2009)
    • Birthplace: Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Luthier, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Inventor
    • Credits: Tom Dowd and the Language of Music, Chet Atkins: A Life in Music, Stars and Their Guitars: A History of the Electric Guitar, Art Tatum: The Art of Jazz Piano, The Boys Are Back in Town: Classic Tracks from the Gentlemen of Jazz
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    Nicolò Amati

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    Nicola Amati or Niccolò Amati was an Italian luthier from Cremona. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 88 (1596-1684)
    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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    Kyle Creed

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    Kyle Creed was an influential musician and banjo luthier of 20th century Appalachia. Along with Tommy Jarrell, and Fred Cockerham, he was a central figure of the Roundpeak-style old-time music that began to find an outside audience in the 1960s, and his clawhammer banjo playing came to shape banjo ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 70 (1912-1982)
    • Birthplace: Round Peak, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Luthier
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    Giovanni Battista Guadagnini; was an Italian luthier, regarded as one of the finest craftsmen of string instruments in history. He is widely considered the third greatest maker after Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri "Del Gesù". more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 75 (1711-1786)
    • Birthplace: Borgonovo Val Tidone, Italy
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker, Teacher
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    Antonio Stradivari was an Italian luthier and a crafter of string instruments such as violins, cellos, guitars, violas, and harps. Stradivari is generally considered the most significant and greatest artisan in this field. The Latinized form of his surname, Stradivarius, as well as the colloquial, ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 93 (1644-1737)
    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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    Andrea Guarneri

    Andrea Guarneri was an Italian luthier and founder of the house of Guarneri violin makers. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 72 (1626-1698)
    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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    Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri

    Bartolomeo Giuseppe Antonio Guarneri, del Gesù was an Italian luthier from the Guarneri family of Cremona. He rivals Antonio Stradivari with regard to the respect and reverence accorded his instruments, and for many prominent players and collectors are the most coveted of all. Instruments made by ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 46 (1698-1744)
    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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    Andrea Amati

    Andrea Amati was a luthier, from Cremona, Italy. Amati is credited with making the first instruments of the violin family that are in the form we use today. According to the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota: It was in the workshop of Andrea Amati in Cremona, Italy, in the middle of the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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    Pietro Giovanni Guarneri

    Pietro Giovanni Guarneri, also known as Pietro da Mantua or Peter Guarnerius of Mantua was a violin maker of the Guarneri family who also worked as a professional musician. Today his instruments are highly regarded, though quite rare. They are played by musicians such as Joseph Szigeti. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 65 (1655-1720)
    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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    Pietro Guarneri

    Pietro Guarneri was an Italian luthier. Sometimes referred to as Pietro da Venezia, he was the son of Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri, filius Andreae, and the last of the Guarneri house of violin-makers Guarneri lived in Cremona with his father until 1717. Finding life in Casa Guarneri in some way ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 67 (1695-1762)
    • Birthplace: Italy
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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    Abraham Prescott

    Abraham Prescott was a noted luthier, particularly of the double bass, who worked in Deerfield and Concord, New Hampshire during the 19th century. Prescott built his first double bass in 1819, building 207 over the course of his career. Prescott and his apprentices also made hundreds of church basses in ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 69 (1789-1858)
    • Birthplace: Deerfield, New Hampshire, United States of America
    • Profession: Luthier
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    Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri

    Giuseppe Giovanni Battista Guarneri, better known as Giuseppe filius Andrea Guarneri was a violin maker from the prominent Guarneri family of luthiers who lived in Cremona, Italy. more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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    Girolamo Amati

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1551-1635)
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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    Emmett Chapman

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    Emmett Chapman is a jazz musician best known as the inventor of the Chapman Stick and maker of Chapman Stick family of instruments. Originally a guitarist, Chapman began recording and performing beginning in the late 1960s. He played with several different popular artists, including jazz guitarist ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Luthier, Songwriter, Musician
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    Wissam Joubran

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    Wissam Hatem Joubran is a composer, oud virtuoso, and master lute maker. He is a member of the group Le Trio Joubran. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Luthier, Musician
    • Credits: 5 Broken Cameras, The Last Friday
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    Paul Adams is an American musician, writer and musical instrument builder. more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Kokomo, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Luthier, Record producer, Musician, Composer, Writer
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    Franco Albanelli

    Franco Albanelli was an Italian luthier, a pupil of Gaetano Pollastri. Albanelli was born in Castel San Pietro Terme, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. His workmanship has always shown a clear inspiration to the Pollastri style and his musical instruments are now all around the world. He made not more than 40 ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1933-2007)
    • Birthplace: Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy
    • Profession: Luthier
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    Stuart Mossman

    Stuart Mossman was an American guitar maker, entertainer and entrepreneur who built 6,000 guitars from 1968 to 1984 that were played by several professional guitarists, including John Denver, Eric Clapton, Albert Lee, Doc Watson, Hank Snow, Cat Stevens and Merle Travis. Mossman's work is seen as the ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: Died at 57 (1942-1999)
    • Birthplace: Hinsdale, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Luthier, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter
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    Cándido Antomattei is a Puerto Rican music and Latin Jazz singer, guitarist, and guitar maker of Puerto Rican origin. He became a member of Arsenio Rodríguez's band in Havana, Cuba in the early 1950s. The band itself is considered to be one of the first founding bands of musical genres such as "Mambo", ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Profession: Luthier, Singer, Music Director
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    Robert Benedetto

    Robert Benedetto is an American luthier of archtop jazz guitars. In 1968, he made his first archtop guitar in New Jersey and has handcrafted nearly 850 musical instruments. His guitars appear on many recordings, videos, and TV and film soundtracks, and have been featured in books, magazines and ... more on Wikipedia
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Luthier, Musician
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