#1
My guitar teacher and I got into a debate as to wether someone who makes guitar amps and guitar electronics is still a luthier. We can't come to a conclusion, I was hoping you guys could shed some light on the situation. Thanks
#3
No, as far as I'm aware, "luthier" only refers to people who build guitars.
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#4
I'm pretty sure a luthier is just someone that makes stringed instruments. Anything from violins, to mandolins, to guitars. I don't think an amp/electronics maker would qualify.
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#5
^ Ah, good distinction. I wonder if that's true - that it applies to any stringed instrument maker. You're probably right, though.
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#7
This is what dictionary.com says:
lu·thi·er /ˈlutiər/ [loo-tee-er]
–noun
a maker of stringed instruments, as violins.
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#8
^Yes it does apply to all stringed instruments. I used to play cello and that's what they called the guy who built and fixed them (he also worked on violins violas etc.)
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#9
The dictionary definition of luthier is one that makes or repairs stringed instruments, such as violins

That means that making amps or guitar electronics doesn't make you a luthier. You have to actually be able to make the instrument it's self, not just the instruments FX or it's amplification systems.
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