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List of Famous Luthiers

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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

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    • Age: Died at 94 (1915-2009)
    • Birthplace: Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Luthier, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Inventor
    • Credits: Silver Linings Playbook, Casino, The Blind Side, Carol
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    Nicolò Amati

    Nicolò Amati is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Luthiers
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    Nicola Amati or Niccolò Amati was an Italian luthier from Cremona. more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1596-1684)
    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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    Kyle Creed

    Kyle Creed is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Luthiers
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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

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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Luthiers
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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

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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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Luthiers
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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

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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

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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

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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

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    • Birthplace: Cremona, Italy
    • Profession: Luthier, Instrument maker
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