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Lichty Guitars | Tryon

Over time Jay became a “Luthier.” No that isn’t his religion although it might be close.

My article this month may not seem to be about “history” which is my appointed area to cover, but this is living history. Being a musician myself I have quite a collection of musical instruments . They vary greatly in price ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Fender electric guitars, Specter, Schecter and Warwick bases along with keyboards, a mandolin and a banjo are part of my collection. I played the tuba and baritone in high school and have played in many bands over the decades. So it is with this experience that I offer Jay Lichty as my topic for this month’s issue. My article this month may not seem to be about “history” which is my appointed area to cover, but this is living history. Being a musician myself I have quite a collection of musical instruments . They vary greatly in price ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Fender electric guitars, Specter, Schecter and Warwick bases along with keyboards, a mandolin and a banjo are part of my collection. I played the tuba and baritone in high school and have played in many bands over the decades. So it is with this experience that I offer Jay Lichty as my topic for this month’s issue.

Jay is originally from Florida and moved to the Tryon area in 1985. He was a contractor building homes until 2009 when a downturn in the economy made him decide to do something else. While looking for other options he decided as a hobby to try his hand at making guitars and ukuleles. It was about this time I met Jay who was also a musician and I joined him in his “Jay Lichty Band” playing original music Jay had written. Our drummer was Bob Tauber who plays now with Motherlode, Jay Goree on keyboards, myself on bass, and Jay playing guitar and banjo. Jay had a distinctive writing style and it is hard to classify his music. It is a blend of folk, blue grass, and jazz although this may not really aptly describe it. It is unique and one of a kind. Jay is originally from Florida and moved to the Tryon area in 1985. He was a contractor building homes until 2009 when a downturn in the economy made him decide to do something else. While looking for other options he decided as a hobby to try his hand at making guitars and ukuleles. It was about this time I met Jay who was also a musician and I joined him in his “Jay Lichty Band” playing original music Jay had written. Our drummer was Bob Tauber who plays now with Motherlode, Jay Goree on keyboards, myself on bass, and Jay playing guitar and banjo. Jay had a distinctive writing style and it is hard to classify his music. It is a blend of folk, blue grass, and jazz although this may not really aptly describe it. It is unique and one of a kind.

Turns out that the republic collects “treasures” – anything of interest that is discovered in the Shady Woods.

Over time Jay became a “Luthier.” No that isn’t his religion although it might be close. He became a maker of musical instruments. He experimented with different woods trying to make exceptional instruments and through time and great effort hit on the perfect combinations producing instruments that make amazing music but also show the beautiful craftsmanship, showing a labor of love not just a lively hood. I was amazed at the sheer beauty of each instrument. Since each instrument is designed to make great musical tone and also great craftsmanship it is not surprising that he can only produce two each month. He only makes them by special order and through his internet web page sells them all over the world. His instruments are in Europe, Asia, China and Hawaii to mention a few. His Instruments are only exhibited for the public to see and purchase in The Guitar Gallery in Nashville and Hawaii Music Supply in Honolulu. You may visit on-line www.LichtyGuitars.com to view and order these amazing works of art. Notable people who have purchased Lichty instruments include Bonnie Raitt, Geoff Atchison , and Randall Bramblett. Over time Jay became a “Luthier.” No that isn’t his religion although it might be close. He became a maker of musical instruments. He experimented with different woods trying to make exceptional instruments and through time and great effort hit on the perfect combinations producing instruments that make amazing music but also show the beautiful craftsmanship, showing a labor of love not just a lively hood. I was amazed at the sheer beauty of each instrument. Since each instrument is designed to make great musical tone and also great craftsmanship it is not surprising that he can only produce two each month. He only makes them by special order and through his internet web page sells them all over the world. His instruments are in Europe, Asia, China and Hawaii to mention a few. His Instruments are only exhibited for the public to see and purchase in The Guitar Gallery in Nashville and Hawaii Music Supply in Honolulu. You may visit on-line www.LichtyGuitars.com to view and order these amazing works of art. Notable people who have purchased Lichty instruments include Bonnie Raitt, Geoff Atchison , and Randall Bramblett.

As I said earlier this is history in the making. These instruments will be cherished for, I’m sure, hundreds of years and we may very well have the Stradivarius of the 21st century. As I said earlier this is history in the making. These instruments will be cherished for, I’m sure, hundreds of years and we may very well have the Stradivarius of the 21st century.

Randy Simpson, Contributor

Randy is a graduate of Clemson University and veteran of the U.S. Airforce. He is a 10th generation South Carolinian and history buff. He also plays bass for Loaded Toad. Randy will be covering Upstate history for Upstate Exposures. You may contact him directly at AnOldReb@AOL.com

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Lichty Guitars | Tryon
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You may visit on-line www.LichtyGuitars.com to view and order these amazing works of art. Notable people who have purchased Lichty instruments include Bonnie Raitt, Geoff Atchison , and Randall Bramblett.
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