Montana luthier makes top-of-the-line guitars - John Walker Guitars

April 26, 2007

“‘Tis God gives skill, but not without men’s hands: He could not make Antonio Stradivari’s violins without Antonio.” - George Eliot

It may be a bit extreme to say John Walker’s guitar-making abilities are God-given.

And it would be an exaggeration to say he’s on par with Antonio Stradivari, the 17th- and 18th-century man widely considered the greatest luthier – or stringed-instrument maker – ever. Still, there’s something special going on at Walker’s Petty Creek workshop near Alberton.

“His brain is working in all the right ways for building great instruments,” says Greg Boyd, owner of Greg Boyd’s House of Fine Instruments in Missoula. “We hobnob with some of the greatest luthiers in the world right now on a regular basis, and John is absolutely right at the top of them.”

John Walker Guitars

Story by Peter Bulger Montana Kaimin

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