John Bolzenius - Columbus Open Studio & Stage


Lutherie, the building of fretted instruments



John Bolzenius is a master luthier specializing in the repair and restoration of fretted instruments. He uses his considerable experience as fine craftsman and practicing musician to design and build custom guitars, basses and ukuleles.


I approach custom building instruments as an art form. I find real satisfaction in crafting a beautiful object that encourages the personal expression of another artist. As a musician, I know that our instruments must be more than fine looking. They must enhance the eventual owner’s musical experience.


I will be demonstrating the art and craftsmanship of custom building fretted instruments: acoustic and electric guitars, basses and ukuleles.

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John Bolzenius