If you think the word “luthier” is just a misspelled version of Luther, then you’re probably not a guitarist. Luthiers are the people responsible for building the single most influential instrument in Western popular music. In fact, plenty of them are better at their job than the guitarists who wield their handiwork. Sure, their first priority is to ensure that the guitars sound amazing, but why stop there? If the musician uses the guitar to create art, then the luthier can certainly use art to create the guitar. Some stunning examples of this practice will be on display at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4724 East Mayo Boulevard, for the exhibit “Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces.” General admission is $20. Visit mim.org.
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