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.
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.
Steve NallCollings Guitars - Austin, TX
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!
Frank FordGryphon Stringed Instruments, Palo Alto, CA
Some of the coolest names in individual lutherie came from Roberto-Venn.
Richard HooverSanta Cruz Guitar Company - Santa Cruz, CA