Is it crazy to become a luthier?

Okay so I really want to become a luthier. I’m enjoying working with my hands, I love stringed instruments, but I don’t know if I can actually make a living off of it


There are full time schools to learn the art of luthiery.

Tony B

It's not crazy. The first step would be go investigate what courses etc. are available that you could attend. Nowadays I think there are specific instrument making courses. I doubt you'll ever be rich but it must be a fascinating, fulfilling occupation - the opposite of dull and boring. Good luck.


Not if you enjoy it and want to do that. It's not likely to make you rich but you can make a living if you do it well


If you are in a small town, you might not make much. If your are in or near a large city, you might do well if you are good.

Robert J

No. Keep practicing as a hobby and improve your skills. Buy old / damaged guitars etc. and renovate them for sale - that's both practice and profit. Take plenty of photos and it also gives you advertising info; and the sales will start to build your reputation with other people and spread word that you can do the work. See how it goes - if you get enough work in, you can decide if you want to do it full time! I buy the cheapest, nastiest condition guitars from a couple of local secondhand shops and occasional old worn or damaged ones on ebay and renovate / refret them as a hobby; I don't don't make anything much on them but in my case I don't want to do it full time, I just enjoy the work.


I see nothing wrong with it. Someone’s gotta fix broken musical instruments. Never know, you may start your own business someday.