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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. {#nodes}
Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Luthiers
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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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Nicolò Amati is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Luthiers
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Nicolò Amati


Nicola Amati or Niccolò Amati was an Italian luthier from Cremona. ...more

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


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

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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