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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. {#nodes}
  • Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), 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, and his techniques served as inspiration for the Gibson Les Paul. Paul taught himself how to play guitar, and while he is mainly known for jazz and popular music, he had an early career in country music. He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to...  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
  • 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 practices in the Old-time music tradition....  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