Approximately one year ago Portland, Oregon businessman/guitar collector Don Fisher commissioned six archtop guitars from six of our luthiers including Mark Lacey, Steve Andersen, Ted Megas, Stephen Marchione, Bill Comins and Steve Grimes.
Each guitar was to be designed as a tribute to honor one of six special women in Don’s life including his four daughters, a granddaughter and his fiancee. Don gave each builder a biographical profile for one of the women. He swore each builder to absolute secrecy. They were not to discuss the project with anyone including Don himself. Beyond that they were given complete freedom. His only other stipulation was that the guitar must be complete and ready to present to him, sight unseen, at his 65th birthday party in Portland on June 2nd and FineArchtops.com was there to witness the event.
The photos you see here are of the luthiers with their guitars and the women for whom each was built. If you click on the “Don Fisher Collection” link below you will be taken to the website of the Oregonian newspaper where you can read the entire story in detail. You can also view a gallery of photos taken at the event. We will add video interviews with each builder as they become available.