That is my question for discussion. I would like to call myself a luthier, but I hesitate. I have built 21 instruments. They all work. I usually say I am an amateur luthier.
I have built 3 string guitars, 4 string guitars and 11 ukes. Do my own fretting, have built 5 boxes, albeit rectangular
Like most of us, I am self-taught, with a lot of help from you guys in the Nation. I've made lots of jigs to compensate for lack of power tools.
I have been at this for 1 1/2 years and have sold about 8 instruments. I am semiretired.
Not meant do denigrate luthiers John,but it is,after all, simply a title,if the product doesn't cut it,the title is meaningless anyway
The pond of delusion seems to occasionally have some nice fish in it, though. :)
i make Beauty come alive.................
Someone called me a 'Rustic Luthier' when I told them about my CBG's.
Please don't include the pianoforte (or fortepiano) in your list of products of lutherie. Unlike chordophones descended from l'oud , which may be bowed or plucked, the piano is played percussively. I have it on reasonably good authority that makers of pianos are called "piano makers." :-)
How the hell did we get off on this?? I'm gonna' quit now...