Exhibitors 2015

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Chris Larkin Custom Guitars
Chris Larkin

Chris Larkin is in his fourth decade of full time guitar building and has handmade and sold over 700 instruments to customers all over the world. He started out making solid bodied guitars and basses but the range soon widened to include flat top acoustics, archtop semis, archtop jazzers, archtop mandolins, EUBs, acoustic bass guitars and any number of custom instruments. From the beginning he used Irish woods wherever possible and is one of four luthier partners of the Leonardo Guitar Research Project. He still gets the same buzz dealing with individual customers today as when he started.

Being asked to exhibit at the Holy Grail Guitar Show is a real honour and recognition that I have achieved something in my chosen career. Actually the career chose me!

When I built my first guitar in 1978 (it took almost the whole year!) I never thought that guitar building would become a career – but it’s an addiction once you start. And, even if I could have seen the future, I could not have imagined one day being asked to exhibit with my peers at the Holy Grail Show. It’s a huge honour