NC Filmmaker Erik Olsen brings Lichty Custom Handmade Acoustic Guitars to Life

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Filmmaker Erik Olsen has produced a captivating film featuring custom guitar builder Jay Lichty as he creates a custom handmade acoustic guitar from rough wood planks to polished instrument.

Luthier Jay Lichty carving the bracing of an acoustic guitar

Custom Guitar Builder Jay Lichty

The film, “Luthier Jay W. Lichty” was produced by filmmaker Erik Olsen and reflects a collaboration of crafts. During this project Olsen worked with cameras, lenses, lights and jibs while Lichty’s tools included sanders, hand planes, chisels and routers. At its conclusion Olsen produced a film that powerfully captures the spirit and passion of custom guitar builder Jay Lichty while Lichty completed one of his finest guitars to date – a breathtaking Brazilian Rosewood dreadnought guitar.

“Luthier Jay W. Lichty” is a film whose appeal reaches far beyond the interests of a guitar builder or player. As a filmmaker Olsen tells a story that touches all the senses and that takes the viewer on an intimate musical journey into the small luthier shop of Lichty Guitars, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The film can be viewed at Further information about Lichty custom handmade acoustic guitars can be found at

About Lichty Guitars
Luthier Jay Lichty builds handmade acoustic guitars and ukuleles in Tryon, NC. He was the winner of the 2010 Made in the South Awards and has top performing artists playing his guitars from Australia to Japan to Nashville. He specializes in working with clients to build heirloom quality custom instruments. Learn more at

About Erik Olsen Films
A native of Germany, Erik Olsen began learning about photography at a very early age. As a result, he converted his childhood pastime into a career as a television news photojournalist. He continued in the TV news business until making the decision to transform his expertise into a business. Today, Erik is blessed to follow his given passion and pursue what he loves for a living, filmmaking and photography.


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