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January 15, 2019




TUESDAY, JAN 15 @ 7:00PM



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Join Frank Ford owner of Gryphon Stringed Instruments, Palo Alto, CA; John Reuter, Director of Training at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, and Nicki Walters entrepreneur and tech for the Acoustic Vibe in Tempe, for an evening discussion about guitar repair and maintenance.  The panel discussion will take place at The Listening Room Phoenix on Tuesday, January 15, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  The evening starts with a live performance by guitarist extraordinaire Juano Lippi.

If you are a guitar player, at any level of musicianship, you’ll want to attend this informative event to learn the best tips for taking care of your guitar.  You will also learn some basic setup and repair techniques to keep your guitar playing and sounding good, and you’ll hear some inside stories about repairing highly valued vintage guitars and contemporary guitars.

With over four decades’ hands on experience, Frank Ford is one of the foremost guitar repair techs in the world today. Frank created which is the most comprehensive website devoted to guitar repairs.  Frank is the co-founder of Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo, Alto, California.

John Reuter has been building and repairing guitars since 1984, and has helped train over 2000 students in preparation for their careers in guitar making and repair at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery.

Nikki Walters graduated from Roberto Venn in the Spring Class of 2013. Upon graduating, she was immediately hired by a local music store in Mesa and has been repairing instruments in the Valley ever since. She has a broad range of experience, including not only guitars, but all types of fretted instruments and orchestral instruments as well. Nikki currently operates her appointment only repair shop in Mesa, along with providing repair services at Acoustic Vibes Music in Tempe.

John “Juano” Lippi is an accomplished guitarist, singer-songwriter, recording-engineer, and music producer.  Legendary producer Phil Ramone commented, “Juano Lippi was born with some wizardry inside: Divinity meets the Devil.” (Huffington Post)

This event is the second in a series and is presented by the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, (Phoenix, AZ) preparing graduates for a creative vocation in guitar making and repair since 1975.  William Eaton, co-founder and Director of the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix, will act as moderator.  Roberto-Venn is the longest running guitar making school in North America and has graduated over 2500 students. Graduates work for large and small guitar making companies, music stores, apprentice with custom guitar makers, tour with bands as guitar techs, create their own custom guitar making start-ups, and find other related luthier jobs. Roberto-Venn is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Careers Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

If you a guitar player, musician, fan of guitar, or interested in learning more about careers in guitar making and repair come join us for the discussion and a performance by John ‘Juano’ Lippi at The Listening Room Phoenix.

The Listening Room Phoenix is located at 4614 N. 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004, and isin the same parking lot with Mazvo Auto Car Care Center on 7th Street south of Camelback Rd., tucked away from the street.  Admission to the event is $10.  Tickets are available online at: and tickets are also available at the door.



Important Information about your visit to The Listening Room Phoenix
The Listening Room Phoenix is centrally located in midtown Phoenix AZ and is open to audiences who appreciate great acoustic music.Some performances are pre-sale ticketed and some are at-door pricing. Your purchase will go a very long way in keeping each artist on their path to success and keeping The Listening Room a healthy destination for great music in Phoenix. Audiences are participating in a live video recording of the performance. Your entrance to The Listening Room Phoenix is consent to be photographed and filmed.

The Listening Room Phoenix shares its home with Mazvo Auto Car Care Center on the west side of 7th Street, south of the traffic light at E. Highland Rd., tucked away from the street at 4614 N 7th Street, Phoenix 85014. Additional parking is available on E. Meadowbrook Road, only steps from The Listening Room Phoenix.