Instruments & Gear: Fine Lutherie

Bruce Sexauer Shop Visit

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Acclaimed Northern California luthier discusses his career, instrument designs, and current projects.

by Teja Gerken
May 02, 2016

Bruce Sexauer is a Northern California luthier who has been building stringed instruments for nearly 50 years. Bruce is best known for his flattop steel-string guitars, but he has also built electric and archtop guitars, violins, dulcimers, and mandolins, and most recently, flamenco guitars. In addition to building under his own name, Bruce has also built instruments for Schoenberg Guitars, and he operates, a retail business that specializes in the sale of upright basses.

In this video set in his workshop in Petaluma, California, Bruce talks about his formative years working alongside luthier Michael Dunn in Vancouver, Canada, his approach to building one-off custom instruments, choosing suitable woods, working with multi-scale fingerboards, and his new passion for flamenco guitars. Bruce also demos several guitars, including an all-walnut steel-string, an archtop, and a pair of flamencos.

For more on Bruce Sexauer, please check out our studio interview and demo of his FT-15 and FT-000-C guitars here.

Category: Instruments & Gear

Comments and Discussion

Posted by Dan Rubin on
SO great to see you, Bruce. The guitar you built in 1976 is still my favourite. It continues to deliver incredible sound and has held up well for forty years in spite of its light bracing and innovative design. So good. Terrific to see (and hear) what you are up to now. You have continued to explore and make progress in developing tone. Hope to visit you next time I am in California.
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