At the Bolton Guitar Studies program we are extremely fortunate to be collaborating with some of the world's leading luthiers. From prize guitars to repairs and maintenance work, the community of guitar makers surrounding our department is exceptional. Our students have the incredible opportunity to win one (or more) of these sought-after instruments, which are awarded at some of our in-house competitions and custom made for each specific winner. To learn more about our team click on each luthier:

Stephan Connor (USA)

Prize guitar maker for

Beeston Guitar Competition


Dennis Tolz (Germany)

Prize guitar maker for

David Russell Bach Prize


Jeremy Cooper (USA)

Prize guitar maker for

Wolfe Award Recital



Duane Waterman (USA)

Local guitar maker and repairman