The roots of modern lutherie took hold a half century ago with the masters of the era including D’Aquisto, Fox, Gurian, Larrivee and Schneider, who based their work on the classic instrument designs but began to explore new design innovations and construction techniques. A young group of now legendary woodworkers, largely focused on steel string and archtop guitars as part of contemporary music, soon followed under their guidance and in turn spearheaded today’s renaissance of instrument making. The quality of craft and sound from today’s steel string and nylon guitars, mandolins, classical and harp guitars, ukuleles and other stringed instruments is unmatched, inspiring legions of dedicated luthiers and musicians to further their art.
The modern “guitar festival” in which the public could meet directly with a number of celebrated luthiers was created two decades ago by Charles Fox, Tom Ribbecke, and Todd Taggart in Healdsburg and brought to fruition by Chris Herrod and LMII. The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration is indebted to their vision and continues the tradition of presenting the state of the craft and the art of the music in an informal setting.
The Santa Barbara Acoustic Instrument Celebration is a unique opportunity to meet many contemporary masters of lutherie, and to see, play and purchase some of the finest handmade instruments directly from the builder. Many of these lutherie legends will be in attendance along with numerous contemporary icons who continue to set the standard and break new ground. Please join us for an unparalleled festival including fingerstyle, jazz, blues, classical, and slack key acoustic music all weekend at a relaxed setting in one of America’s premier destination towns.