Guitar Shows

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase

The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase - October 24 - 26, 2014

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The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase is an annual event for the community of acoustic stringed-instrument builders, players, collectors and aficionados, presenting a gathering of the finest handmade acoustic guitars and stringed musical instruments from around the world!A luthier (from the word lute) is a stringed-instrument maker. Fine handmade instruments such as these are not usually available in music stores or other retail environments, and the Luthiers Showcase is a rare opportunity for the public to see, play and experience the instruments, meet with their makers, discuss custom options and one of a kind creations, and buy or order a dream guitar from dozens of master builders, all gathered together in one place. Other vendors include tonewood dealers, parts and tool suppliers, string and accessories manufacturers, publications and instructional materials, lutherie services and schools. The two-day show features continuous live music, mini-concerts, demos and special appearances; plus Special Exhibits and Special Events included in the admission fee. We also present a series of Instructional Clinics and Workshops, taught by some of the world's finest instrumentalists, and our annual String Sampler Concert, by separate admission.Woodstock, NY is the internationally known art and music community with a deep pool of notable local talent. Only a two-hour drive from New York City, October is peak autumn foliage season in the heart of the Catskill Mountains.See the About/Gen Info page for the Luthiers Showcase dates, hours, ticket information, directions, and our History/Archives pages for details of, articles about and performance videos from the previous Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcases. 

 Dale Unger, Walt Bibinger, Tyler Unger Guitar Show New York

Dale Unger, Walt Bibinger, & Tyler Unger



Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 23, 24 & 25, 



11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

October 23, 24 & 25, 2015

General Admission $20 per day; Three-day pass $50; advance tickets 

through Bearsville Theater Box Office.





291 & 293 Tinker Street (Route 212)

Woodstock, New York 12498


Exhibiting Luthiers in main theater; quiet rooms available for one-on-one 

encounters with instruments. 

Continuous live acoustic music, Special Appearances, Luthier Mini-Concerts on 

Performance Stage in separate Bar/Lounge area; please see our 

MUSIC & EVENTS page for Performers and Performance Schedule.

SPECIAL EXHIBIT: The Artistry of Ervin Somogyi


More Luthiers, Vendors, and our Sponsors; including wood dealers, parts and tool 

suppliers, inlay artists, lutherie schools, string and accessories manufacturers, 

magazines and publications; PLUS a SPECIAL EXHIBIT of Rare and Significant, 

Historic, Vintage and Contemporary Stringed Instruments from the Doctorow 



INSTRUCTIONAL CLINICS & WORKSHOPS Friday, Saturday and Sunday by 

separate admission; location TBA. Advance 

reservations recommended. Please see our MUSIC & EVENTS page for details 

and schedule.


Thursday, October 22, 2015: TONEWOOD FESTIVAL!

FREE admission Thursday, October 22, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, in the Tonewood 

Tent on Campus (Tonewood Festival continues during Luthiers Showcase, 

Free admission to Tonewood Tent 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM Friday, Saturday & 

Sunday; you do not have to buy a pass to the Luthiers Showcase to enter 

the Tonewood Tent)


In conjunction with Tom Thiel/Northwind Timber, Northwind’s 7th Annual 


A Pre-Showcase Shopping Opportunity for Luthiers, Hobby Luthiers, Furniture 

Makers, Woodworkers, Interested Parties and General Public. Fine wood dealers 

Northwind Timber, RC Tonewoods & Sons, Carl Barney Tonewoods and others will 

be set up early and selling best-quality top sets, back & side sets, neck blanks, 

veneers, figured beauty, and lutherie supplies. 


Saturday, October 24, 2015, 8:00 PM:


The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase 

and C. F. Martin & Co., Inc. present:

Jorma Kaukonen, David Broza, and Doug Wamble

At the WOODSTOCK PLAYHOUSE, 103 Mill Hill Road (Route 212), Woodstock, 

NY 12498    Reserved Seating, tickets $75, $60, $50, advance tickets through 

Woodstock Playhouse Box Office, on sale July 1. 


Please see our MUSIC & EVENTS page for more details.


Sunday, October 25, 9:00 AM:

Builders Coffee Talk: an Open Mic/Q&A session with Michael Gurian, Tom 

Ribbecke, Dick Boak and others on the business and life of Lutherie. 

Please see our MUSIC & EVENTS page for details and admission.


Sunday, October 25, 7:00 PM:

Post-Showcase After Party, Show & Showcase


291 & 293 Tinker Street (Route 212)

Woodstock, New York 12498

Free Admission


NO Personal Instruments will be permitted in the Bearsville Theater, Utopia 

Soundstage or Tonewood Tent! NO distribution of products, samples or literature by outside parties allowed! 

The Bearsville Theater and Utopia Soundstage are handicap and wheelchair 

accessible. Please, NO small children. NO baby carriages or strollers will be permitted. 

NO Smoking, per NY State law.



Woodstock, NY is in the Catskill Mountain Park, about 100 miles North of New 

York City (approximately 2 hour drive), and 60 miles South of Albany, NY (about 1 

hour drive). In addition to NYC area airports JFK, La Guardia (LGA), & 

Newark, NJ (EWR), the region can be conveniently reached by air through 

Albany Airport (ALB), or Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, NY.




 Walt Bibinger archtop guitarist woodstock NY

Walt Bibinger