My Story...

I began my career as a luthier in the spring of 1998. After swapping pickups and modifying electric guitars in my dorm room at The Berklee College of Music, I enrolled in a guitar making class at The Leeds Guitarmakers School in Northampton, Massachusetts. With the help and instruction of Ivon Schmuckler and Brad Nickerson, I built my first two acoustic guitars; a flat top Martin style guitar and a carved top f-hole style jazz guitar. 

In 2000, I began running the repair shop at The Fretted Instrument Workshop in Amherst, Massachusetts where I preformed warrantee repair service for C.F. Martin Guitars along with handling the majority of the shop’s day to day repair work.  During this time I had the chance to work on a wide variety of vintage and modern instruments and learned a great deal about the construction techniques, durability, sound and tone of many of today’s most sought-after instruments.

In 2009, I began working at The Luthiers’ Co-op in Easthampton, Massachusetts doing in house repairs with a team of highly trained luthiers.  

Over the years I have continued to refine my building and repair skills at my home shop in Belchertown, Massachusetts. Along with working with wood, I developed a passion for tool making and metal machining and take great pride in making as many of the parts for my instruments as I can.

My goal as a maker is to build instruments that inspire. I want to help my clients translate the sound that is in their heads into tangible a tool for expressing their creativity.

-Louis Freilicher