LutherIE Experience & Training

Fret Boss Guitar Works, Bridgewater, VA

Sole proprietor of a fretted-instrument repair shop, specializing in fret work, customized set-ups & improvements.  Sept. 2009-present


Huss & Dalton Musical Instruments, Staunton, VA

Fret technician.  Jan. 2010-May 2013


Guitar Services of Austin, Austin, TX

Periodic contract work repairing fretted-instruments. 1996-2000.


Employer/mentor Bill Giebitz’s knowledge, ability, and experience with repair, restoration, and set up are second to no one. 


Erlewine Guitars, Austin, TX

Full-time apprentice.  Construction and repair of stringed instruments, mostly guitars—both acoustic and electric.  Work included customization, set ups, fret mills, and refrets, with a substantial percentage of my time focused on fret work.  Dec. 1994-Dec. 1996


    ● Employer/mentor: Mark Erlewine—maker of the Lazer, Chiquita, and Automatic guitar models, as well as custom guitars for Billy Gibbons, Mark Knopfler, Johnny Winter, etc.—provided top notch repair work for world-class performers.


South Plains College, Levelland, TX

Intensive full-time course on electric guitar construction and repair of all fretted instruments, including guitar electronics.  Sept. 1994-Dec. 1994


Performing Musician and Guitar Repairman

Traveled nationally making hundreds of dollars a year playing the pubs, coffee houses, and campfires of this great nation.  Recorded two albums.  Repair work as time allowed. 1996-present


Custom Designs, Austin/Wimberley, TX

Cabinetry and guitar construction and repair.  Aug. 1999-April 2000 and May 2007-Jan. 2008