Jay has been a musician all his life and a homebuilder for the better part of his professional career. When the economic downturn impacted the home construction industry and work became scarce Jay decided to try his hand at building a ukulele in his new-found free time, just for fun mind you. One carefully handcrafted ukulele led to another. Within months of building that first instrument Jay had the good fortune of taking a guitar-building workshop with renowned custom guitar builder, Wayne Henderson.
“I’m proud to say I taught Jay to build his first guitar. His guitars show great craftsmanship and sound really good.” – Wayne Henderson, master luthier, mentor and all around great guy.
There has been no looking back since that first guitar. As custom guitar builder Jay Lichty strives to build the best handmade acoustic guitars and handmade ukuleles around, he continues to deepen his skills and expertise through ongoing study. He has taken an advanced guitar building workshop with master luthier Charles Fox (innovator and designer of the Ergo Guitar) and most recently attended a workshop entitled The Principles and Practices of Voicing the Guitar with internationally renowned master luthier Ervin Somogyi (author of several classic luthier books including The Responsive Guitar). In addition, Jay has visited the shop of luthiers from around the world; from Asheville to Hawaii, to France to Peru.
Working with premium domestic and exotic woods and the finest materials, he crafts each guitar and ukulele with the greatest care. Most instruments are custom-built to order and he includes each customer in the design process to ensure that their finished guitar or ukulele fits like a glove; visually, esthetically and tonally.
- Lichty Cocobolo Baritone
- Lichty Wenge Tenor
- If you like this ukulele pictured but wanted something with a slightly different set of options, we would love help you with custom ordered Maestro. Please contact us to purchase or if we can help at all!
- Lichty Brazilian Rosewood Tenor
- Lichty Wenge Concert
- Lichty Cocobolo Tenor
- Lichty Bubinga Baritone
- Lichty Walnut Tenor
- Lichty Black Limba Concert
- Lichty Cocobolo Tenor\