Luthiers' Gallery

These photos were submitted by SIMSCal members, and represent some of the finest work by Southern California's vibrant community of independent luthiers, both hobbyist and professional. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the images.

Jim Ellsberry

"Arch de Lutan"

Chris LaBonte

Engelmann Spruce / Macassar Ebony

Russ Rinner

Lutz Spruce / East Indian Rosewood

John Fitzgerald

Adirondack Spruce / Myrtle

Bill Gourlay

1864 Torres FE17 Replica

2011 Orange County Fair woodworking competition - 1st Place Stringed Instruments (apprentice) ; Juror's Choice; 1st Place Musical Instruments Division (apprentice)

Bryan Rourke

Romanillos-style classical
Spruce/Black Heart Sassafrass

Russ Rinner

Martin Jumbo Style w/ Pearl Rose Inlay
Bearclaw Sitka Spruce / East Indian Rosewood

Chris LaBonte

Carpathian Spruce / East Indian Rosewood

Chris LaBonte

European Spruce / European Maple

Mark Carver

Cedar / Brazilian Rosewood

2013 Orange County Fair woodworking competition - 2nd Place Stringed Instruments, Industry Award from Anderson International

Oleg Brovko

Sitka Spruce / Alaskan Yellow Cedar

Carl Bernhardt

Soprano Hammer Dulcimer
Spruce Top / Maple Back & Sides

Larry McCutcheon & Don Kilcullen

Koa ukulele

Larry McCutcheon & Don Kilcullen

Super Concert w/ Cutaway
Spruce / Koa

Bryan Rourke

Port Orford Cedar / Myrtle

Bob Reselman

Solid Body Electric Guitar
Purpleheart / Basswood

Bob Reselman

Fretless Electric Bass
ipe & figured maple neck-through / basswood

Isaac Jang

Adirondack Spruce / Madagascar Rosewood

Mónica Esparza

European Spruce / Brazilian Rosewood

Bill Gourlay

Bearclaw Engelmann Spruce / Quilted Maple

Steve Leff

Tenor "Urban" Ukulele — Black Acacia / Eucalyptus

Mónica Esparza

Concert "Classical" Ukulele — Koa / Sitka Spruce

Russ Rinner

Dreadnought w/ Florentine cutaway
Bearclaw Sitka Spruce / Mahogany / Walnut

Chris LaBonte

European Spruce / Madagascar Rosewood

Bill Gourlay

Engelmann Spruce / Macassar Ebony

Bill Gourlay

Engelmann Spruce / Ziricote

2012 Orange County Fair woodworking competition - 1st Place Stringed Instruments; Juror's Choice; 1st Place Musical Instruments Division; Best in Show

Bill Gourlay

Replica 1929 Simplicio

2012 Orange County Fair woodworking competition - 3rd Place Stringed Instruments

Chris LaBonte

European Spruce / Amazon Rosewood

John Fitzgerald

Sinker Redwood / Rosewood

2013 Orange County Fair woodworking competition - 1st Place Stringed Instruments, 1st Place Musical Instruments Division

Carl Bernhardt

5-String Banjo
Maple Neck / Maple Rim

Carl Bernhardt

Alto Mountain Dulcimer
Sitka Spruce Top / Cherry Back & Sides

Larry McCutcheon & Don Kilcullen

Super Tenor w/ Cutaway
Koa

Sheri Peterson

Engelmann Spruce / European Maple

Bryan Rourke

Adirondack Spruce / Claro Walnut

Bob Reselman

Solid Body Electric Guitar
Maple / Mahogany

Bill Gourlay

European Spruce / Birdseye Maple

2014 Orange County Fair woodworking competition - 1st Place Stringed Instruments, Juror's Choice, 1st Place Musical Instruments Division

Isaac Jang

OM Model
European Spruce / Brazilian Rosewood