Behind every guitar is a luthier. Never heard of one?

A luthier is someone who makes or repairs stringed instruments. The name “luthier” originally came from lute making, but today includes makers of acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, violins, cellos, and basses.

On October 12 – 14 Hallowell welcomes you to celebrate the craft of lutherie at the 2nd Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase at central Maine’s “New Orleans on the Kennebec”, with a gallery exhibition of Maine made instruments, craft demonstrations, and great live performances at auditoriums, restaurants, and pubs in the most charming, and rocking, downtown north of Portland.

The 2nd Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase is brought to you by the City of Hallowell, in partnership with The Harlow Gallery and Maine Craft Weekend, and funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Join Hallowell in celebrating big sounds from “The Little Easy”, just a short drive from Portland, at the 2nd Annual Maine Luthiers Exhibition and Music Showcase, October 12 -14. For more information visit! Pass holders will have access to events in various locations around downtown Hallowell, but venue space is limited and early seating is recommended for all events and performances.

Live music performance + Maine’s premier stringed instrument makers:

  • Live Music
  • Maine Stringed Instrument Exhibit
  • Raffle: WAV4 RADIUS Bass Guitar
  • Raffle: YAMAHA Revstar Electric Guitar
  • Keynote speaker: Ned Steinberger, NS Designs
  • Craft Demos and Talks


  • The Awesome
  • Boogie Mob
  • Denny Breau
  • The Cowboy Angels
  • Ellen Gawler & Friends
  • Ellis Falls
  • Katie Daggett
  • Katie Matzell Trio
  • Mes Amis
  • Tiger Saw
  • Mark Horn
  • Whitefields
  • Maine Academy of Modern Music
  • Pineland Suzuki

About the Raffle Instruments


Excerpt from NS Design website:

“The WAV RADIUS BASS is completely about experience, every time you pick it up. It’s in the feel of the instrument before you plug it in, and it’s embodied in the tone, performance and possibilities when the house lights go down. Among the advantages of a headless bass are weight and balance. The RADIUS body contours to your torso, your hands fall naturally into place, and there is no neck dive. It feels extraordinarily secure and comfortable.”
>read more here>>

YAMAHA Revstar Electric Guitar

Excerpt from The Music Zoo website:

“This Yamaha Revstar Series RS502T is a unique guitar with plenty of vintage Yamaha vibe! It features a very cool Bowden Green finish over a maple top on a mahogany body. The RS502T is loaded with two vintage output P-90 pickups for a fat and chunky sound that covers lots of ground, and the hardware is a tune-o-matic bridge with an aluminum original tailpiece.”  >>read more HERE >>


noun: luthier; plural noun: luthiers

a maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars.


late 19th century: from French, from luth ‘lute.’

Thank you for your interest–questions, comments please contact:

Nate Rudy
City Manager
City of Hallowell
1 Winthrop Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
Phone: 207-623-4021 Ext. 203
Fax: 207-621-8317

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