October Meeting: Garrett Lee

How Luthiers Optimize Sound

Classical guitars are more than beautiful boxes of wood. How do luthiers maximize their tonal potential? Join luthier Garrett Lee for a lecture/demonstration on classical guitar construction. Using numerous photos, live demonstration of building techniques, and audience participation with wood, he will explain in a fun and painless way the physical basis for guitar sound and the methods used to optimize it. Why does spruce sound different than cedar? How does a guitar top move? Why do handmade guitars sound better than factory-built guitars? What’s a double-top guitar? Learn the answers to these questions and more.

The presentation will be followed by open-mic playing time for members. 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, and are supported by a generous grant from the D’Addario Music Foundation.

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:00 PM

Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center
311 West 43rd Street, 8th floor, between 8th and 9th Ave. (map)
New York City

Garrett Lee has been building classical guitars since 1999. Trained as a research scientist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, he transitioned from biotechnology to full-time lutherie in 2007. He owns and operates Lee Guitar Works in Wayne, NJ, where he handcrafts approximately ten concert guitars a year. Gary’s research background inspires creativity, thoughtful design, and exacting execution. His guitars incorporate the best of traditional design with modern approaches, and are in demand by some of today’s top concert artists. In his spare time, Gary enjoys playing classical guitar and serves on the board of advisors to the New Jersey Guitar and Mandolin Society.