NEWS FLASH: The 2012 LGCraft Luthiery School program will begin January 22nd of 2012. Updated information including the 2012 Schedule can be found in the Luthiery School section of this website.
The latest custom creation is the eight stringed instrument named OCTO. The instrument is a design collaboration between the client and Ari Lehtela. Some features include microtonal subdivisions, eight individual string outputs and the octave range encompassing both guitar and bass. Below are two links showcasing its unveiling in Europe.
We will have a comprehensive photo essay, description and sound samples on this website soon.
Ari Lehtela is fast becoming one of the most sought after luthiers in the world. His instruments are known for their incredible musicality, easy playability and unique aesthetics. These instruments are made to be played!
Ari's luthiery seminars are also becoming well known. If you're in the Charlotte, NC area, don't miss an opportunity to learn from a master and, at the same time, build your own custom instrument. New classes are starting all the time. More information is available under luthiery school.
Coming soon ! - information and photos of several new exciting instruments
2010: debut of the Lehtela Steel String Acoustic. The design and construction of this instrument addresses the all-too-common ' sag and bubble ' problem found in the bridge area of most conventional steel-string acoustics, by introducing atypical bracing methods. Please contact for more information.
The following website includes a recent interview with Ari Lehtela both as a builder and a player. Also included is a review of his cd titled " West Eats Meat ". The website is wwww.mwe3.com
Ben Sher, playing his Violao
Sam Macy, a former student of Ari's, playing his Tango.