Mahogany for back and sides

Bob and Chet ponder how to slice Bob's Mahogany Boards for the Sides and Back of the Steve Parks Signature Guitar

SPSG headstock

SPSG Headstock with BRL Logo

Blue Ridge Luthiers - Group Projects

In 2007 we hatched the idea of a group project - a project where we actually build an instrument together. Our plan was to either sell the instrument to raise funds for another project or donate it to a worthy cause.

These are the projects.

Guitar for Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM), Franklin County, VA
Aug 14, 2022

Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) is a non-profit and the parent organization for 50+ after school programs for children in grades 4 – 8. This guitar has its back, sides, headplate, and rosette made from Amazon Rosewood.

Bookbag Santa Guitar
Feb 12, 2016

Bookbag Santa is a Roanoke based charity that helps schools in Belize, the US and other places.
This guitar has its back, sides, headplate, fretboard, bridge, and rosette made from Ziricote brought back from Belize.

Guitar for Vets (G4V)
Feb 12, 2016

Guitar For Vets is a non-profit organization that helps injured and ailing veterans through the healing power of music. This guitar was built for the local Salem, VA Chapter.

Steve Parks Signature Guitar
Mar 28, 2009

Our first group project - While we were contemplating the idea of building something together, we heard that an auction was being planned to raise money for the Parks Family fund, a fund for fellow luthier and musician, Steve Parks, who was battling cancer. On October 19, 2008 we started our first project, the Steve Parks Signature Guitar .

It was completed on March 28, 2009 and sold at the "Parks Family Fund" auction on April 4, 2009.