Jon has been repairing stringed instruments for over thirty years, since opening the shop in 1981. During that time, Jon has brought in partners, to meet the demands of local and touring musicians. Jon’s particular interests lie in Martin flat top guitars, banjos and the amplification of acoustic instruments. Jon is a regular guest lecturer at the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie in Phoenix, Arizona and is a member of the advisory committee for the school. Several years ago, Jon was asked to write the curriculum currently in use for the repair section of the course.
Mike began his career working on the road as a guitar tech in Seattle. Life on the road was exiting yet offered little opportunity to grow as a luthier. Mike moved to Boulder in 1995 and after looking around, found Woodsong’s to be the best option for learning and practicing the craft. Mike has a very well rounded knowledge base and a real thirst for learning new things. Mike is the” jack of all trades” in the shop. There are few jobs that Mike will not take on. He is trusted by many, for his mandolin, violin and dobro work.
A graduate of the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie, Matt Joined the Woodsong’s Lutherie team in the spring of 2000. While primarily interested in the guitar in all its various forms, Matt also enjoys working with electric basses, mandolins, violin family instruments, and the occasional banjo. Matt is particularly interested in working with vintage guitars, and has an affinity for vintage Gibson guitars in particular.
Greg Nichols started his lutherie career at the Roberto-Venn school of Lutherie in the spring of 2002. After course completion, Greg stayed on to apprentice with course leader John Reuter, building primarily acoustic guitars until the spring of 2003. In the summer of 2003, Greg began working at Woodsong’s Lutherie, repairing and restoring stringed instruments with some of the top luthiers in the world. Presently, Greg is focused on our partnership with Wildwood Guitars, a guitar dealer in Louisville, Colorado, that specializes in boutique and limited run guitars from all major manufacturers. Standards are very high and each guitar is sent out of the shop free of any finish flaws and imperfections, set up to play like a dream for world class players and the average joe alike.
Mike has worked most of his life in the industry of rough and finish carpentry. In the fall of 2010 Mike decided to combine his love of woodworking with his passion for music by enrolling in the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery. Upon graduating, Mike jumped at the opportunity to work at Woodsongs Lutherie where he perfected his skills under the guidance of his already seasoned co-workers. In the beginning of 2012 Mike began providing his services to Wildwood Guitars where he is proud to continue his craft, working on some of the finest instruments in the world and upholding the highest of quality and standards.
Jonathan is the newest member of the Woodsong’s crew, having graduated from the Roberto-Venn School of Lutherie in February 2013. After beginning work at the shop shortly after his graduation, he has found himself completely engrossed in the diverse world of stringed instrument repair. Jonathan’s more prominent interests reside in working with electronics and circuitry design.
Ian began his career at Woodsong’s Lutherie in February of 2004 after graduating from the Roberto-Venn School. In 2006, he was the first Woodsong’s staff member to work full-time and on-site at Wildwood Guitars, where he developed the system of quality control that is still in place today. In 2012, Ian returned to the Boulder shop to focus once again on restoration and advanced repairs. Ian is highly experienced with fretted instruments of all kinds, and his passion lies in bringing out the best feel and sound of each instrument he works on.