I will always fondly remember the great 5 years Stuart Day was second in command in my shop. Not only is he gifted visually and multi dimensional in his vision and execution of Luthiery, and very natural in this theatre, with an early background in painting and other disciplines of art, He also is an individual of the highest integrity, and was a genuine pleasure to work with.
Robert Buzz Jackson
“I had the good fortune to watch Stuart grow in Ribbecke’s shop from the new kid in the shop, who got to do the jobs nobody else wanted, to shop foreman. Every job was done with the same care and enthusiasm, no matter how small, or how large, it was most impressive to say the least”
Integrity. Passion. Luthier Extraordinaire. Stuart is a Pittsburgh gem.
I thoroughly enjoyed The "Stuart Day" era in my private shop, I was blessed to have his creative focus and intellect and have genuinely missed having his quiet focused companionship here in the shop, I think he will have a brilliant and long lasting career. I expect great things from Stuart, and am sure he will not disappoint!
Robert Buzz Jackson
I gave Stuart a lot of room to do what he wanted to do, and I am very pleased that I did. The instrument he delivered to me is spectacular, the attention to detail is incredible, the sound amazing.
while he's pushing the boundaries of luthiery in both aesthetics and form, he lends repair work that extends his craft to just about any instrument
Robert Buzz Jackson
The one guitar I was missing was a telecaster, and who better to build it? Stuart Day. I contacted Stuart and ran the idea passed him, he was up for it… Once again, Stuart did not disappoint, it is an amazing instrument… I am very pleased and impressed with the work Stuart has done for me, I would not hesitate to recommend him.
If you want something that truly honors, commission a guitar. I hope to one day. But in the meantime, there is nowhere else I'll go to have my guitars tweaked, honed and fixed.
In every correspondence we exchanged, his professionalism as a knowledgeable luthier and his sincere appreciation for the opportunity to do this build, made me feel at ease even though we never met in person and were on opposite sides of the country.
His guitars are an art of brilliant tonality -- they are both unique and inspired, and you owe it to yourself to experience them first-hand.
The raw materials selected for the build were extraordinary, and the craftsmanship in every component of the guitar is incredible. His passion for building instruments is apparent by how he incorporates his own special ideas into the build, making each one unique.
The best part of Stuart is the way he lets you in, and listens, and has such enthusiasm for what he sees and hears on the basis of an experienced pedigree that includes the elite builders of this golden age of luthiery. It's intoxicating. And refreshing
The finished product is an amazing instrument. Aesthetically beautiful, with a rich acoustic voice, great intonation, and perfectly balanced with an outstanding playability and feel. I would highly recommend to anyone who is in the market to have a "dream" instrument built for them, to consider Stuart Day. He's a great guy, and a gifted luthier.
He has repaired finish flaws, corrected electrical problems, replaced a poorly intonated, improperly positioned tune-o-matic with a perfectly intonated carved ebony bridge and performed a tour-de-force truss rod transplant in a Lace Helix twisted neck guitar. His approach to instrument problems is thoughtful, prices have been reasonable and his craftsmanship of the highest order.
A contemporary classic. Inspired by the late 20’s Gibson L-5. This instrument marries the best of the traditional and modern in a true show stopper
An archtop built for a new kind of player. The dynamic range and acoustic balance of this instrument is perfect for the player who enjoys a wide musical horizon
Balance up and down the fretboard and a piano like depth and dynamic range. This instrument has been painstakingly designed over the course of 5 years to provide an acoustic tone that is truly unique, powerful and beautiful.