G. Edward Lutherie: is the workshop of Gary E. Bartig, master luthier and designer of the Eminence Portable Upright Bass and the Dahlia 5-String Acoustic Violin.
Germond Stringed Instruments: Restoration, repair, and custom instruments.
Homestead Pickin’ Parlor: One of my favorite places, full of my favorite people and music! Instruments, supplies, accessories, jams, concerts, workshops . . . I wrote an article about the HPP for Minnesota Bluegrass, a monthly publication of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association – MBOTMA.
My Favorite Guitars: Most of the businesses in this list are local mom-n-pops. I’ve included MFG because, although it does most of its business on-line, Jon is a tremendous supporter of local music — in Florida, Minnesota, and elsewhere — and is a tremendously nice guy and fine musician! MFG is a great resource for folks who don’t have a source of find guitars in their geographical area. I assume that his customers are nice, as well, and would never try out guitars in a brick-&-mortar store, then try to find the same instrument on-line (a heinous practice known as “showrooming.”)