Job Placement - Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

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While Roberto-Venn cannot guarantee placement for its graduates, we maintain contacts with almost every major guitar manufacturer and provide updated lists of companies that are recruiting our students and graduates.

A placement team consisting of Instructor Jim Prater, Assistant School Director Bart Applewhite, and Media Director John Lippi meet with students to help plan their career path after leaving Roberto-Venn. Many opportunities exist in today’s growing field of guitar making and repair, and students are encouraged to apply for employment according to their interests and areas where they wish to live.

Major manufacturers such as Paul Reed Smith, Santa Cruz, Collings, Taylor, Martin, Fender and Gibson have hired Roberto-Venn graduates, as well as countless small building operations and repair shops.


Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, longest running guitar making school in North America, is pleased to announce that our current Guitar Making & Repair Class students have received more job offers than any class in our 46 year history.

I’ve been coming to Roberto-Venn for years, and at first I wanted the best in the class, but now I want someone trainable, someone that’s a team player. Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery is great for that. The students leave the school with the fundamentals in-tact having learned to build a guitar from the centerline out.

I rely on the recommendation of John Reuter and the other instructors at Roberto-Venn when the time comes to consider adding a new member to our repair staff here at Gryphon Stringed Instruments. As a guest instructor, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some of the brightest and most creative new luthiers as they begin their careers!

Some of the coolest names in individual lutherie came from Roberto-Venn.

Our rekindled partnership with Roberto-Venn is both inspiring and rewarding.  We are honored to meet and hire some very talented individuals that will use their knowledge, skills and abilities to further develop themselves but, also further Gibson’s success through their dedication to excellence.

Here is a partial list of companies where our graduates have been placed.

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Alvarez Guitars, St. Louis, MO

Applause Guitars/Kaman Music, Bloomfield, CT

Athlete Acoustic Basses & Guitars, New York, NY


B.C. Rich Int., Hesperia, CA

Bella Guitars, Chalmette, LA

Benedetto Guitars, Riverview, FL

Benedict Guitar Co., Minneapolis, MN

Bently Guitars, St. Louis, MO

Best Guitar Parts, Tacoma, WA

Bossa Co., North Hollywood, CA

Dana Bourgeois, Lewiston, ME

Breedlove Guitar Co., Tumalo, OR

BSX Bass Inc., Aliquippa, PA

Buscarino Guitars Inc., Largo, FL


Carvin, San Diego, CA

Chandler Guitars, Burlingame, CA

Charvel/IMC, Fort Worth, TX

Citron Guitars & Basses, Woodstock, NY

Collings Guitars Inc., Austin, TX

Conklin Guitars, Springfield, MO

Curbow String Instruments Inc., Morgantown, GA


D’Angelico Guitars, Merrick, NY

Deering Banjos, Lemon Grove, CA

Dingwall Guitars, Saskatoon SK, Canada

Dupont Guitars, Santa Cruz, CA


Eastman Guitars, Los Angeles, CA

ESP Guitar Co., Hollywood, CA

Elrick Bass Guitars, Chicago, IL

Emmons Guitar Co., Burlington, NC

Epiphone Co., Nashville, TN

Erlewine Guitars, Austin, TX

Ernie Ball/Music Man, San Luis Obispo, CA

Everett Guitars, Atlanta, GA

Everly Guitars, Paradise, CA


Fender Musical Instruments, Scottsdale, AZ

Fernandes Guitars USA Inc., North Hollywood, CA

Fodera Guitars, Brooklyn, NY


Gallagher Guitar Co., Wartrace, TN

Gibson (Montana), Bozeman, MT

Gibson (Nashville), Nashville, TN

Goodall Guitars, Kailua-Kona, HI

(Geoff) Gould Guitar Industries, Escondido, CA

(Kevin) Gray Guitars, Dallas, TX

Green Mountain Guitar Co., Boulder, CO

Gryphon Stringed Instruments, Palo Alto, CA

(Fred) Gretsch Enterprises, Savannah, GA

Guild Custom Shop, Nashville, TN

Guitar Center, USA Nationwide

Gurian Instruments, Seattle, WA


HAMBURGuitar, Westland, MI

Hamer, Arlington Heights, IL

Harper’s Guitars, Apple Valley, CA

Heritage Industries, Elk Grove Village, IL

Heritage Guitars, Kalamazoo, MI

Huss & Dalton Guitar Works, Staunton, VA


Jaros Guitars, Rochester, PA

Jennings-Thompson Guitars & Basses, Austin, TX


Kaman Music Corp., Bloomfield, CT

Kay Guitar Co., Fishens, IN

Ken Smith Basses, Ltd., Perkasie, PA

Klein Custom Guitars, Sonoma, CA

Korg USA, Melville, NY

Kramer Guitars, Neptune, NJ


Lakland Musical Instruments., Chicago, IL

Lindert Guitars Inc., Chelan, WA

Mike Lull’s Guitar Works, Bellvue, WA


Manea Guitars, Nashville, TN

Martin Guitar Co., Nazareth, PA

Terry C. McInturff, Holly Springs, NC

Mendelsohn Guitars, Los Angeles, CA

Modulus Guitars, Novato, CA

(Neal) Moser Guitars, Glendora, CA

Music Man/Ernie Ball, San Luis Obispo, CA


National Reso-Phonic Guitars, San Luis Obispo, CA

Novak Fanned-Fret Guitars, San Leandro, CA


Olympia Dulcimer Co., Olympia, WA

Outbound Instruments, Boulder, CO

Ovation, New Hartford, CT