Meet the Maker
Master Luthier for Taylor Guitars, Andy Powers
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Premier guitar crafters Taylor Guitars is headquartered in San Diego. Meet their master guitar-maker, Andy Powers, at the Fleet. Enjoy a special after-hours visit to the GUITAR exhibition, and then take a seat in the Heikoff Giant Dome Theater. There, Andy will discuss the unique relationship between guitar makers and guitar players. As he'll explain, makers can change the way musicians play, and performers can impact the instrument's development. Andy is both a maker and a player, and he'll play as he presents. He'll also be happy to answer your questions.
This is a special event! No member vouchers or cards, discounts or passes will be accepted. Regular exhibit gallery admission applies. You may purchase tickets at the Fleet ticket counter in advance or on the day of the event, or by phone by calling Client Services at (619) 238-1233 x806. Tickets can also be purchased online at https://tickets.rhfleet.org/searchEventsSummary.aro?sum=Special+Event.
About Andy Powers
Andy Powers grew up in a music-loving family in Oceanside, California. At the age of five, Andy, the son of a carpenter and his artist wife, had his first workbench and also began playing piano. Andy took up playing the guitar when he was eight. In a house where musical instruments, tools and wood were all readily available, curiosity got the better of him and he began his first attempts at building guitars before the age of 10. With design and sound refinement, the instruments began to improve tremendously, and Andy began selling the instruments to customers while he was still a teenager. Having been encouraged by his parents to pursue the arts, he began to explore the world of traditional inlayed art, using his instruments as a canvas.
Andy continued to build while studying music at UCSD, where he graduated with a degree in music with a guitar performance emphasis. He’d started Andy Powers Instrument Company at 16, and after he graduated, he was building guitars full time. He was soon doing repair work and creating custom-designed instruments for the likes of Jimmy Page and Elvis Costello. In 2011, he joined Taylor Guitars as their master luthier.