Iconic Guitars: the Gibson J-200

For the first installment in an ongoing series exploring iconic guitar models, we spoke with Marty Lanham, owner of Nashville Guitar Company and an instructor at Guitar Craft Academy Nashville, about the iconic Gibson J-200. Marty Lanham of Guitar Craft Academy...

Graduate Profile: George Pjetri (Video)

George Pjetri graduated from Guitar Craft Academy in 2017 and now works for Gibson USA doing finishing work in their Nashville factory. He says he had a dream of working for Gibson and enrolled at Guitar Craft Academy in order to give himself the foundation he...

Graduate Profile: Benny Burrows

Benny Burrows, 27, is GCA Nashville’s first international student, having grown up in the Australian city of Brisbane. He started playing guitar at age 10 and got interested in luthiery — “that dream of building that sound that’s in your head” — a couple of years...

Tech Tip: Refretting

When I do a guitar neck refret job, I create this tool to confirm proper fret slot depth before installing the new frets. I bend a small piece of the fret wire into an ‘L’ shape and lightly file down the burrs on the smaller part of the ‘L.’ It’s never a pleasant...

Tech Tip: Proper Sanding

Brian Nutter is the founder of Nutter Guitars and a Guitar Craft Academy faculty member. So, you’ve spent loads of time making the perfect guitar. But before you can buff it to a high gloss, you have to level the finish with sandpaper. Your finish...