February 2021 Online Meeting: Gary Lee

Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 7:00 PM

Online Zoom meeting — click here to join

How Was Your Guitar Built?

Join luthier Gary Lee for a lecture/demonstration that explores the techniques, concepts and thought processes that likely went into the building of your guitar. Lutherie is a fascinating amalgamation of craft, engineering, and mental chess. Have you ever wondered how a guitar builder puts these elements together to create the tool of form and sound that you use to make music? In this unique presentation, you’ll get to watch video and listen to commentary recorded by Gary in his workshop. In the second half of the session, you’ll have ample time to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask a luthier.

The presentation will be followed by our Open Mic. Sign up in advance to play — see the Member Events page for details. NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests.

Garrett Lee has enjoyed playing guitar since the age of nine. In 1999, his fascination and curiosity with guitar design, coupled with his love for woodcraft, drew him to begin building classical guitars. Trained as a research scientist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, he enjoyed a career in academic research and later, in biotechnology. He was compelled by the challenge and intrigue of lutherie to transition to full-time building in 2006.

Gary’s research background inspires creativity, thoughtful design, and exacting execution. His handcrafted classical guitars incorporate traditional and contemporary design. Midway through his development, Gary received mentorship from celebrated American luthier John Gilbert.

When he is not building guitars, Gary enjoys playing them and regularly lectures on lutherie for guitar societies, festivals, universities and conservatories. He serves on the board of directors for the New York City Classical Guitar Society. He and his wife Candace live in Wayne, New Jersey.

For more information, visit GarrettLeeGuitars.com.