La Conner Guitar Festival 2024

Nestled on the bank of the Swinomish Channel at the edge of the idyllic farm lands of the Skagit Valley in the great state of Washington, the town of La Conner has been host to some of the world’s famous artists, poets, and authors. With such a history steeped in the arts, we couldn’t think of a better place to showcase the Art of Lutherie with some of the finest luthiers in the world. luthier (lü-thē-ər, -tē-ər) noun: one who makes stringed musical instruments.

There is a small but thriving tight-knit community of guitar builders across the globe. These are artisans who are committed to building the finest instruments. Attention to every detail in tone and finish is an obsession for these luthiers. It’s a labor of love for them. They truly are artists in every sense of the word. There are a handful of festivals for them across the country, these festivals are your opportunity to meet the luthiers, play the guitars, and find your perfect guitar. Until you’ve played these instruments you really won’t appreciate the difference an incredibly well crafted musical instrument can make to your playing, and your enjoyment of playing. It’s like falling in love. For musicians there is an emotional connection to their instrument, with a handmade guitar the connection extends to its maker!

You won’t find these instruments in most music stores, they are one of a kind, they are works of art. These luthiers most often work directly with their clients to build an instrument for them. It’s a process that takes months, sometimes even years to complete. But these luthiers also make instruments just for these shows, beautiful instruments that highlight their skills. Come to La Conner. It’s your opportunity to find the instrument of your dreams.