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List of Famous Instrument Makers

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List of famous instrument makers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top instrument makers in the world? This includes the most prominent instrument makers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable instrument makers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic instrument makers 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 instrument makers.

Items include everything from Bartolomeo Cristofori to Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.

From reputable, prominent, and well known instrument makers to the lesser known instrument makers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the instrument maker field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous instrument makers ever?" and "What are the names of famous instrument makers?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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    Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco (Italian pronunciation: [bartoloˈmɛːo kriˈstɔːfori di franˈtʃesko]; May 4, 1655 – January 27, 1731) was an Italian maker of musical instruments famous for inventing the piano....  more
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    Nicolò Amati

    Nicola Amati, Nicolò Amati or Nicolao Amati (, Italian: [niˈkɔːla aˈmaːti, nikoˈlɔ -, nikoˈlaːo -]; 3 December 1596 – 12 April 1684) was an Italian Master Luthier from Cremona, Italy. Amati is one of the most well known luthier from the Casa Amati (House of Amati). Nicola was the teacher of illustrious Cremonese School luthiers such as Andrea Guarneri and Giovanni Battista Rogeri. While no clear documentation exists for being apprentices in his shop, Amati may have also apprenticed Antonio Stradivari, Francesco Rugeri, and Jacob Stainer as their work is heavily influenced by Amati....  more
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    Giovanni Battista Guadagnini (often shortened to G. B. Guadagnini; 23 June 1711 – 18 September 1786) 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". The Guadagnini family was known for their violins, guitars and mandolins....  more
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    Antonio Stradivari (, also US: , Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo stradiˈvaːri]; 1644 – 18 December 1737) was an Italian luthier and a crafter of string instruments such as violins, cellos, guitars, violas and harps. The Latinized form of his surname, Stradivarius, as well as the colloquial Strad are terms often used to refer to his instruments. It is estimated that Stradivari produced 1,116 instruments, 960 of which were violins. Around 650 instruments survived, including 450 to 512 violins....  more