onwardtothegarden asked: My girlfriend and I plan on moving to Seattle in a few years, and I would like to open my own luthiery business there eventually. Is there a good guitar community there?
There is a HUGE music community, and as such, there are also a lot of instruments that need work. When I first moved here I had the impression that the market was more or less flooded for tech work, but as I’ve found over the last five years, this is not necessarily the case. Yes, there are a lot of guitar shops, but Seattle seems to favor smaller businesses that have their own style. Since I specialize so heavily in things like Fender Offsets and the like, we have our place carved out for ourselves rather well.
I would say, if you’re building guitars, build something unique. Sure, you’ll probably sell a few guitars if you’re making Strat copies, but many people here are really after something that looks or sounds different than what you can just pull off the shelf. Does that make any sense? I hope so.
You be you and Seattle will love you for it. And when you arrive, visit the shop and have a drink. We’d love to talk shop.