November 19th, 2010 – Tryon, NC
Lichty Guitars is proud to announce that Jay Lichty from Tryon, North Carolina, takes top honors as this year's overall Made in the South Awards winner for his handcrafted guitars and ukuleles. This recognition comes to former homebuilder and carpenter just a little over a year after leaving the construction industry behind and starting his highly successful business, Lichty Guitars (http://lichtyguitars.com/)
Garden & Gun magazine launched the Made in the South Awards (http://gardenandgun.com/article/made-south-awards) program this year to celebrate the rich cultural tradition of craft, design and ingenuity in small, Southern-based businesses. "The awards are about people who are making things that have character, integrity, a great story and, most importantly, Southern style – traits that are truly embodied by our selections," says G & G Editor-in-chief Sid Evans. Lichty Guitars was chosen as the winner from hundreds of entries.
Friend, mentor and world-class luthier and musician Wayne Henderson was by Jay's side as he built his first guitar and has seen and played many Lichtys since. "I am proud to say I taught Jay to build his first guitar," says Henderson. Since that time Lichty has crafted dozens of one-of-a-kind instruments and several top performing musicians play custom Lichty Guitars. These include Tom and Mike Gossin (top country band Gloriana), Doug Lancio (Nashville producer and lead guitarist for John Hiatt and Patty Griffin), Jody Porter (Fountains of Wayne), Haley Dreis and Jonathan Gray. Lichty specializes in building custom instruments for both casual and professional musicians
"This award is an incredible honor given the skills and talents of all the other winners," marvels Lichty. " I am especially excited that, as a luthier, I won. The more news about handcrafted instruments folks can read the more orders luthiers will get and the more beautiful handmade instruments will make it into the hands of happy musicians."
About Lichty Guitars
NC luthier, Jay Lichty of Lichty Guitars builds fine handcrafted guitars and ukuleles that are treasures to own and to play. Each instrument is one-of-a-kind. There is no standard Lichty model. "Nothing inspires great music more than playing an instrument you love that was built just for you," – Jay Lichty