You and I share a common passion for the guitar. We are drawn to its engaging and beautiful voice, intimate response to our touch, and the visual allure of its wood and form. My mission as a builder is to craft unique, world-class concert guitars that respond to your every musical expression.
Play or hear a Lee guitar at the following events
Standard Feature: Adjustable-Action Neck
With a quick and smooth turn of the key, you can fine-tune the action of your guitar without loss of tonal quality, power, or intonation. Each half-turn of the key changes the action height at the 12th fret by 0.5 mm. No more need for credit card shims or appointments with luthiers! Since 2010, the response to this feature has been so enthusiastic, it is now a standard feature.
Remembering Luthier John Gilbert (1922-2012)
John Gilbert was one of the kindest, most generous people I have known. The warmth of his friendship and guitar building mentorship will be with me forever. I know that hundreds of other luthiers who knew John would be able to share the same. Even before I started building, his writings and thinking man’s approach to classical guitar building already had a huge influence on the way I would build: keep an open mind and make rational decisions based on thought and testing.
I didn’t meet John until five years ago, when by providence, he was seated behind me at a guitar recital performed by his long-time champion Raphaella Smits. Starry-eyed, I introduced myself at intermission and thanked him for all the inspiration and encouragement he had given me. His immediate reply was, “Come over to the shop.” That invitation started a brief but cherished friendship with the only person I can call my lutherie mentor.
John in his Woodside, CA workshop in 2010
June 20-25, 2014:
Vendor Exhibition and Luthiers Showcase
Guitar Foundation of America Convention
Los Angeles, California
November 4, 2013, 6:30-9:00 PM
The Future of Guitar and Instrument Design
Goldmark Hall, Mannes College of Music , NYC
Please join me for a unique presentation as part of a series sponsored by Parsons the New School for Design and Mannes College of Music. My seminar on classical guitar design will be followed by a special performance by Grammy-nominated guitarist Fred Hand. The presentation will conclude with a panel discussion with Fred, me, and a Parsons professor of design.
Interview on Classical Guitar Insider
In this podcast interview, Gary tells guitarist Bret Williams how he got started in lutherie, what it's like to build guitars in the New York City area, a little about how guitars work, and the kind of guitars he builds. Recorded October 2013 and available free on iTunes. Go to episode 18, but also check out all the other interesting interviews of classical guitar personalities.