Luthiers

Kazuo Yairi was one of the most renowned guitar luthiers in Japan. His long career began as a child when he watched his father building unique handcrafted instruments for local students and musicians. The company expanded under Yairi-san's leadership to include several new models, but always with...
Robert Yates is known as Uncle Uke for a very good reason - he plays, builds, and sells ukuleles. Robert opened his own store, HUG Ukulele, on the big island of Hawaii with his wife Patricia which began as a handmade jewelry store with a few ukes and has evolved into primarily a ukulele store with...
Roman Zajicek was born in Kolin in the Czech Republic, where for several decades the government made it difficult to do business as an independent luthier.  In 2003, when he had the opportunity to open his own guitar shop he did. Based on his first name and his favorite wood to use for guitar...
Dean Zelinsky wanted to bring cool guitars to the market place and when he set out to do just that he was still in high school!  The year after graduating, he opened Dean Guitars and attended his first NAMM Show the year after that, which was 1977.  Dean pioneered several aspects of the industry...
Yuris Zeltins is the master luthier known worldwide for his artistic and engineering craftsmanship that is evident in each of his musical instruments. Yuris inspired a new way of thinking when he applied his creative skills and techniques to repair, elevating the task of repair to an art form and...

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