Joe Bonamassa, Jonny Lang, Keb Mo, Pino
Daniele, Sheryl Crow and Stefan Grossman.
Duncan pickups, Fender hardware and high-quality components. The adult session also
includes classes with industry experts.
High-school session attendees work on their guitars at Purdue University’s 2009 guitar-building workshop.
You can win a chance to play at the festival
in a contest sponsored by Ernie Ball and
Premier Guitar. The contest begins March
15, and the winner will play on the Ernie
Ball festival stage—which will also feature
clinics by Albert Lee, Joe Bonamassa,
Robert Randolph and more.
Girls Rock High School Workshop:
June 28 – July 2, 2010
High School Workshop: July 12 – 16, 2010
Adult Workshop: July 26 – 30, 2010
guitars, the t-model combines the comfort and
balance of a small-bodied acoustic with the
volume of larger guitars, and the j-model features a larger body with “a contemporary synthesis of several proven traditional designs.”
Purdue University’s 2010 Guitar-Building Workshop Returns with
New Session for Girls
By Rebecca Dirks
West Lafayette, IN – Purdue University’s summer guitar-building workshops have returned for
their fourth year with a new twist for 2010. The
university still offers its usual adult workshop and
High School Guitar Workshop, but it is also adding a Girls Rock High School Guitar Workshop
targeted at teaching luthiery to female students.
Debuts Acoustic Line
By Rebecca Dirks
Santa Cruz, CA – Guitar-industry veterans
Willie Carter and Eric Poulsen launched their
new joint company in January 2010. The two
builders aim to combine the best of traditional building techniques and modern technology for consistent quality and performance in
Many of the high-school workshop attendees
come from regional high schools, but the courses are open to students from all over the country. Tuition for high-school sessions is $950 and
includes the custom electric guitar each student
builds, supervised lodging accommodations,
meals and a gig bag and T-shirt.
“Our tag line, ‘Modern classic,’ speaks to our
approach,” says Carter. “The use of cutting-
edge technology is typically reserved for the
large production shops, and classic techniques
are often reserved for very small production
shops. One of our goals was to mate the two
and create an instrument that has the advan-
tages of modern manufacturing, with the char-
acteristics that attract players to vintage instru-
ments. It’s truly the best of both worlds.”
The adult session tuition is $1450 and includes
a custom electric with figured wood, Seymour
The company launched with three models.
The g-model is inspired by vintage 00 14-fret
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