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The copy of the 1729 harp is nearly ready to string up. It has been faux finished to look like tortoise shell, and all of the carving has been gold leafed. Two new skills for the luthier's arsenal!
Oh Boy! A new project! I am restoring a harp built in 1729 in "Germany". It has been worm eaten and cannot be brought to playable condition, so I am making a reproduction. The original has been carved with a leaf motif and gilded, and has a faux tortoiseshell finish on the body. 12/17
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This Special order Model Session Rodney Jones was built to have an open and sweet broken-in tone right out of the shop. It features an Alpine spruce top for great response and clarity of tone, and walnut back and sides to add a mellow richness.
The latest Parlor paramour is the 1790 Renault & Chatelain model. This is the transitional guitar between the 10 string Baroque model and guitars like the Panormo and LaCote. This is the first generation of the 6 string modern format....and Oh, so SWEET! More info HERE.
Romance is in the airwaves with the new Lehmann & Cole 1830 Louis Panormo Models. Tuck one of these diminutive sweeties under your arm and play a pavan or try some triads. More info HERE.
LEHMANN INSTRUMENTS will be at the Amherst Early Music Fest in New London CT. July 16 & 17, 2016. We have Rebecs, Vielles, Lutes, Early Guitars and there will be all manner of tra-La fun! Come and try some new things.
What? Another new instrument??? That's right, this time it is a tenor MacArthur Harp! Named after the famed folk musician Margaret MacArthur, it is an updated version of a circa 1900 era chord zither. 4 chords and 2 octaves of single strings. How kool dat?
Here's a great vid of "Big Blue House" featuring Harvey Possemato playing the LEHMANN ALL NIGHTER electric....he's awesome! http://youtu.be/zwDb48tKg30 ......This one's available NOW!!! Yeah, that's Australian Lacewood, mate. Call 585-902 TONE to stake your claim! Clik pic big...More info in "In Stock" section.
"Shapley New Model Joins Lehmann Vielle Line" The headlines are ablaze with excitement over the debut of the Tenor Vielle. Check "Rebec & Vielle" page for info.
The Lehmann Frank Lloyd Wright Manouche was inspired by a window in Wright's Martin house in Buffalo. Featuring Malaysian Blackwood and a Port Orford Cedar top, this jazz box has 24 carat ring! (click big)
Here is a sound sample from our man with his head in the clouds Steve Greene playing his masterful version of Django's "Nuages" on the Lehmann FLW Manouche. WOW!!!
Check out this short vid from JazzMeister Steve Greene playing the fabulous Contempo 12er: CLICK PIC) Look on the VINTAGE page for more info on this way cool guitar available now at a really great price!
Here's a new model for the full body enthusiast named after it's owner - The Maracek Express!!! It features a 16" wide body with lots of air inside to mellow and sweeten the tone, and stylish features to please the eye. Clik pics big, Call for more info.
2014 Woodstock Special: The 12 fret "00" size Fingerstylist in Swiss Pearwood!
RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE!!! The newest thing is the wood top banjo. This one is themed on the painter Henri Rousseau's jungle paintings - beware what lurks beneath the foliage. Meanwhile the Tiger Maple Bridge strolls across the savannah busking for dinner while Mr. Toucan peer safely down from the headstock heights. The back is Tulipwood and Cocobolo straight from the rain forest, and the neck is rescue mahogany. Custom.
Check out the Lehmann Acoustic Fretless Bass at the Woodstock Show. It is made of Ovankol and spruce with all sorts of hidden treasures for the eye and ear! Get Down!
LEHMANN GUITARS at the Roch. Int'l Jazz Fest June 20 thru 28th. We'll have some of our latest creations on display at the Roch. Plaza Hotel lobby during the Jam Session with Bob Sneider 9pm thru.... Stop down - it's really FUN!
Good press for the "Rochester 5" Luthiers compliments of CITY PAPER (link). This amiable and talented group cover the gamut of guitar construction from bark to polish, from electric to eclectic, from dolce to vita. click the pic for enlargement.
The Sandy-Haired Surfer sails again into new waters with his new TENOR UKE in Hawaiian koa wood with chip carved gloriosities and just enough abalone to recall the sound of the crashing waves on Pipeline! clik bigger
Do You Believe In Magic? John Sebastion does when playing a Lehmann at the Woodstock Invitational Show! What a great entertainer! clik big
Woodstock Showpiece ------ Bernie's "FALLING LEAF" GRAND CONCERT MODEL
The Rochester International Jazz Fest features a great lineup of talent - including Lehmann Guitars! Visit us at the Rochester Plaza Hotel Friday and Saturday 10pm --?
FAN-tastic! Not an optical illusion, but a fan fret, multi scale 10 string Mandolin / Mandola all wrapped up in Koa wood and Sitka. (Clik photoz bigger)
Two new "IN STOCK" instruments are now available: a Model All Nighter electric in lacewood, and a walnut Vielle with a carved castle bridge. Too much fun!!!(never).
This month Bernie was going formal while chip carving some fancies on his new Brazilian Rosewood Spanish Model Classical guitar. clik for more detail.
Stephane Wrembel had a chance to play a couple of my recent Gypsy Manouche chambered body guitars this weekend during his workshop in town. He's fresh from the Oscar performance of his "Midnight In Paris" theme. Great player, fun music!
Abso-lute-ly Amazing! This 8 course Lehmann Lute was custom made with Hawaiian Koa - one of my favorite woods - and weighs in at 1.75 pounds! Lutes are both beautiful, and remarkable engineering miracles. Here's to the Renaissance Man!
I have had a fun project this week restoring a Gibson Florentine banjo that tragically lost it's head in a riverboat accident on the River Rhine-stone. The original fingerboard is painted with scenes of Venice - inexplicably not Florence... (clik larger).
Acoustic Guitar Magazine, February 2012.
Lehmann Guitars will be at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase again this year, October 22 & 23, 2011. Stop in to visit with the best luthiers in the world and to run your fingers over the latest Lehmann creation! New for the show will be a Koa wood flattop Model 1887 Double-Top!!!!!WOW!!!!! and a new electric-acoustic Model called the ALL-NIGHTER. Yabba dooo!
A peek inside the Cathedral of Cool - 2ble Tops!
KEVIN EUBANKS spreads some lightning on the fretboard of a LEHMANN guitar at the Rochester Jazz Fest!
A few examples of Bernie's work drawn from the past.... and placed in your present!
Sennheiser Microphones feature a Lehmann Model 2000 in a recent ad campaign. Good company!
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Check out this short VIDEO shot by Kodak's Christopher Hart of Rochester's Shooting Star assembling a guitar in a minute and a half accompanied by musician Miche Frambo & Band playing on one of Bernie's classical creations .
The"Multi-Talented Luthiers" article in the March issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine features 'The Legato Luthier' himself! See an image of page one of the print version here. Check out the full article online at Acoustic Guitar's webiste here. Or better yet, buy the mag! The entire 7 page article by Andrew Volk is worth the read (and the cover price.)
Available for sale NOW!: Münjo's sibling, the great OCTAVE MAN-ZOUKI!
Bernie was interviewed by his favorite radio host, SCOTT REGAN from WRUR during the Clothesline Art Festival and got to play a couple of tunes LIVE (scarry!!!). Here's a YouTube<LINK>. Check out BL's paintings <HERE>
The latest leaf of Lehmann lore leads to THE LANCE!!!! Is it acoustic??? Is it electric??? Yes, folks, TWO guitars in ONE!!!! (includes new technology). More information and fotoz on this Lacewood Lady on the "In Stock" page Here.
The LEHMANN PLAYERS hit the Rochester International Jazz Fest, 2009.
See images of the NEW Model 2000 Classical #423 Here
Check out JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE September issue - Their review of the Montreal Guitar Show mentions the "stunning LEHMANN ribbed back guitar that projects incredibly well" Right ON!
"Lehmann Blends Music and Art" read the latest article on the front page of the
See LEHMANNS GUITARS live at these upcoming guitar shows:
Montreal Guitar Show, June 27 to 29, 2008. More Handmade guitars than you've ever seen in one place! The Best of the Best. Concurrent with the Jazz Fest.
TWO MORE one-of-a-kind LEHMANNS hit the stage this week: The Kinloch
Nelson Concert Model (12 fret cutaway steel string) and the model MJ (an
"0" size wedge body nylon string). Check out author MJ Auch's
story of how we built her guitar. LINK
The LEHMANN GUITARS Concert featuring Rodney
Jones, Lumiere, Nicholas Goluses,
Los Arpegios, and Kinloch Nelson, was a great
event and all those who attended had lots of fun. It certainly was
a beautiful day!
Guitarists Duane Andrews and Ben Wood visited the Shop during
the Rochester International Jazz Festival between gigs to keep their fingers
hot. Good thing I had a fire extinguisher!
recently visited the Luthier's Lair and fell in love with the Lehmann
ebony Model 2000. Great player. Great taste!
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