Speakers & Activities


Talks and panels are a big part of the Summit experience. We've invited some of the biggest names in lutherie, many Fretboard Journal subjects and some of our favorite musicians to share their stories with you. All-told, we'll pack over 30 hours of talks into one weekend. TJ Thompson; Preston ThompsonJayne Henderson; Howard Klepper; Rick Turner; Bryan GalloupTim Luranc and Andy Powers (Taylor Guitars); Dick Boak (Martin); Stu Cohen (Music Emporium); Mark Stutman (Folkway Music); Austen Hooks and Dana Bourgeois (Bourgeois Guitars) are just some of the speakers and presenters at the 2016 Summit. There's never been a gathering quite like this open to the public: Whether you love boutique or vintage instruments, acoustic or electric, we'll have plenty to keep you busy. 

We'll also have panel discussions on everything from the PLEK machine to vintage Martins and Gibsons; live lutherie demonstrations; pop-up museums; jam spaces and more. 

Throughout the weekend, the Fretboard Journal will also be live interviewing many of the performers who will be gracing the Summit stage. Sit in, pose your own questions and help be a part of our print edition. 

If you want to revisit the talks that took place last year, here's what our 2015 schedule looked like.   

Interactive Installations

The Vintage Vault
There were so many vintage guitar fanatics (and amazing vintage guitars) at our first Summit that we've set aside an entire conference room for rare and collectible instruments. Talk shop with TJ Thompson, Richard Johnston, Jim Baggett or any number of authorities, try out some of the nicest vintage guitars, mandolins and banjos in the world (yes, there will be many for sale). We'll also be holding impromptu peformances at the Vault on some truly historic instruments here, such as the first-ever guitar made by Paul Bigsby and Eddie Lang's Gibson L-5. 

Martin Guitars
C.F. Martin & Co. will bring a number of one-of-a-kind experiences and opportunities to the Summit this year, including: A showcase of historic dreadnoughts, a screening of "The Ballad of the Martin Dreadnought" and the Martin Guitar Open Mic (complete with a chance to win a Martin Mini!). Dick Boak will be at the Summit throughout the weekend to talk all things Martin.

Santa Cruz Guitar Co.
Every attendee at the Fretboard Summit is entered to win a custom built Santa Cruz Guitar. Join Richard Hoover himself at the Santa Cruz Guitar Factory to design your new instrument valued at $10,000. Santa Cruz Guitars will also bring back their popular Guitar Doctor Booth, taking a look at your guitars, offering free tune-ups, string changes and more.

Deering Banjos
Every attendee is entered to win a Deering Calico banjo, valued at over $3000. Representatives from Deering (located just down the highway from the Summit in Spring Valley, California) will also be on-hand to talk banjos with attendees and we'll be hearing from Greg Deering during the Summit Talks. 

Bourgeios Guitars
Dana Bourgeois' voicing workshop was a highlight of the 2015 Fretboard Summit. Dana will return once again for another hands-on workshop for the 2016 Fretboard Summit. You may get some sawdust on your clothes, but you'll definitely learn about guitar construction and tone. 

Peghead Nation
Peghead Nation will once again be offering continuous guitar instruction and master classes throughout the Fretboard Summit. Attend as many as you like at no extra charge.

American Music Furniture
All of this entertainment is bound to make you thirsty. American Music Furniture will host special beer tasting event where you can check out some of San Diego’s finest brews.

We'll be announcing numerous additions more between now and October but sign up soon if you'd like to reserve your ticket and hotel room while they're still available. Space is limited.