Inspired by the lutherie skills of Brian May and the tonal essence of Eric Johnson, this self-proclaimed “classic-folk rocker” shows off her acoustic and electric setups.

Arielle was on the Billboard Charts last year in 11 categories for 8 weeks–an impressive accomplishment for a guitar-centric artist today. It was even more impressive because she managed to achieve this as an independent artist. PG’s John Bohlinger caught up with Arielle before her Nashville gig at the Basement.

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Students at the O’Brien Guitars school bind their instruments following a more traditional European style of guitar making.

Finding the right school can be tough for any aspiring luthier. Here are some options to consider.

In my previous column, “So, You Want to Be a Luthier?”, I talked about the types of people attracted to lutherie training programs, some of the possibilities and options these individuals have at their disposal, and discussed both long-term and short-term training, either of which have their place for primary or supplemental training. But the question remains, what school should you choose for your lutherie training? And what might a school have to offer that would best suit your educational needs?

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See a sampling of picks used by famous guitarists over the years.

Marty Stuart

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Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein unveils a new line of strings, collaborating with Josh Vittek of Sheptone.

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