Banjo
Banjo

ABOUT THE LUTHIERS

Grateful Guitars Luthiery is a family owned and operated full service luthier shop located in the beautiful southern Adirondack Mountains in up state New York. The shop specializes in building handcrafted electric, acoustic and resonator guitars; banjos and dulcimers. Being a full service luthier shop, additional services offered include: high quality repairs, restorations and custom work. Founded in February, 2012, the venture brought together the father and son luthier team of Bob and Zach Gangaware. Together they bring a combined 45 years of luthier and woodworking experience to the shop.

Meet the Luthiers

Bob Gangaware:

Bob Gangaware
Bob Gangaware

A product of the ’60’s and long time Deadhead, Bob spent years hitch-hiking around the country in search of that simpler lifestyle that centered around music, handcrafted woodworking and nature. That search led to Skyland Musical Instrument Company in the mountains of North Carolina. There, Bob apprenticed for 2 years with “Uncle Dave” Sturgill (featured in “Foxfire 3”), and his sons John and Danny, in the art of luthiery. Rooted firmly in the folk traditions of the southern Appalachian Mountains, the shop specialized in building acoustic guitars, banjos and dulcimers and served the multitude of bluegrass and old time musicians of the region. After which, Bob worked briefly with master mandolin and acoustic guitar luthier, R.L. Givens in Sandpoint, Idaho. Since that time Bob has kept his hand in luthiery while applying his skills to other high end woodworking shops, always keeping the dream of a having a luthiery shop of his own. That dream has now become a reality with a nudge from his son, Zach.

Zach Gangaware:

Zach Gangaware
Zach Gangaware

Zach developed a passion for musical instruments, guitars specifically, while still in high school. While attending college, he felt the curriculum wasn’t fulfilling his passion; and, made the decision to pursue luthiery for his creative outlet. In August of 2011, Zach enrolled in the Guitar Building and Repair program at Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, Arizona. The program covered all aspects of building and repairing electric and acoustic guitars. Zach amassed over 1000 hours of shop time, which included building 2 electric guitars and 1 acoustic guitar from raw material to finished product, as well as, a variety of repairs. Zach graduated in February of 2012 earning a Certified Luthier Certification. Since graduating, Zach has been the principle luthier at Grateful Guitars Luthiery where he has designed and built numerous custom guitars and handled a multitude of repairs and custom work for customers. Also being a Deadhead, Zach is the one who came up with the name for the shop…..Grateful Guitars Luthiery.