What is a Luthier?

From Wikipedia: “A luthier (/ˈltiər/ LOO-ti-ər)[1] is a craftsperson who builds and repairs string instruments that have a neck and a sound box. The word “luthier” is originally French and comes from the French word for lute. The term was originally used for makers of lutes, but it came to be used … for makers of most bowed and plucked stringed instruments such as members of the violin family (including violas, cellos, and double basses) and guitars.” 

Guitarist Gordon Kreplin in a luthier's shop

Over the years, classical guitarist Gordon Kreplin has enjoyed working with several luthiers – builders of fine custom guitars. Playing, testing, recording and reviewing hand-built, finely crafted instruments has become an important part of Gordon’s musical journey. Some of those individuals include: