Michael Bashkin has been making and repairing guitars for over 25 years in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has been a featured presenter at the Guild of American Luthiers convention, published articles in American Lutherie, and been invited to exhibit at guitar shows worldwide. His journey to become a luthier came after working as a Soil Scientist for the US Forest Service and studying forest ecosystems in the tropics, mountain west and the Arctic. Michael’s acoustic guitars emphasize the natural beauty of wood with art nouveau and art deco inlays and his guitars are sold and collected worldwide. He is also the host of the popular Luthier on Luthier podcast for the Fretboard Journal Magazine.

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A special note about our photos:

We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!