Ryan Thorell in San Francisco - February 6, 2016

Ryan flew to San Francisco early this morning. Not for the Super Bowl but to take a guitar to the great guitarist Frank Vignola who is in concert tonight at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts with Martin Taylor, Badi Assad, & Vinnie Raniolo. Ryan will be showing some of his beautiful guitars in the lobby of the Palace. He is going to the concert tonight and staying with guitarist and vintage guitar expert, Eric Schoenberg. Sound fun if you live and breath guitars!!!

JazzSLC Concert Series at the Capitol Theatre - Saturday, January 2, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah - Thorell Guitars

John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, performing with his wife, singer/actress Jessica Molaskey. The duo will bring the great American songbook to life. According to The New York Times, "the Pizzarelli-Molaskey duo are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium."

John Pizzarelli Website: http://www.johnpizzarelli.com/
(List of John Pizzarelli CD’s: http://www.johnpizzarelli.com/music.html

“Midnight McCartney” is John’s newest CD.  Sample: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyIILQeryyc

"Live Kisses" - Paul McCartney's great jazz DVD (Buy the Blu-ray version!)  John Pizzarelli, Diana Krall, John Clayton and other greats back up Paul McCartney. Sample:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX-mWqfERK8


Adam Miller - Australian Fingerstyle Guitar Virtuoso

Adam is in the U.S. for the NAMM Show in California this weekend.
Thorell Guitars invited him for two concerts in Utah next weekend.
Salt Lake City - Friday, January 30, 2015
Logan - Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fun Facebook video of Adam Miller I took last July.

Listen to more from Adam Miller:

Two YouTube samples:

Utah Public Radio interview with Adam Miller and Ryan Thorell.

Guitar Player Magazine article on Adam Miller:

Salt Lake City Friday, January 30th
Sponsored by:
Jazz and Blues SLC – RSVP Here:  (http://www.meetup.com/Live-Jazz-in-Salt-Lake/)
and Thorell Guitars (http://thorellguitars.com/)

Joffee's Coffees
2121 S. McClelland St. Suite 103, Salt Lake City, UT 
(385) 229-4420

Logan – Saturday, January 31st
Sponsored by:
Why Sound – (http://www.whysound.com/)
and Thorell Guitars (http://thorellguitars.com/)

30 Federal Avenue, Logan, UT 84321
RSVP Here: (435) 363-4700

Thorell Fine Guitars

Xombiewoof Magazine has this ad about Thorell Fine Guitars on their site:
Thanks to Jim Romeyn for the heads up!

Champion Fingerstyle Guitarists Adam Miller and Austin Weyand

Three Concerts in Three Days – Brigham City, Logan, and Salt Lake City

 (Friday’s Concert – RSVP to Stacey Zoller at staceyannjo@comcast.net or 801-201-3092)

Adam Miller – Australian Fingerstyle Guitar Champion

Sample Music from Adam’s  CD’s:

Adam Miller Bio:

Austin Weyand – Utah and Wyoming Fingerstyle Guitar Champion

Sample Music from Austin’s CD’s:

Austin Weyand’s Bio:

Thorell Guitars - For more information contact Ryan Thorell:

Robben Ford Quintet - Saturday, May 17 - Sponsored in part by Thorell Guitars

Don’t miss this concert! A perfect blend of jazz and blues performed by the legendary Robben Ford and his Quintet. The JazzSLC concert series is now in its twentieth year. (http://jazzslc.com/) Their goal is to continue to provide live jazz at a world class level. 

Thorell Guitars on display in the lobby
Robben Ford Bio:
Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues and jazz playing. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, George Harrison,  Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Larry Carlton, Brad Paisley, and many others.
Robben’s first chosen instrument was the saxophone, which he began to play at age ten. He began to teach himself guitar at age thirteen. Ford frequented the Fillmore and Winterland auditoriums in San Francisco to see Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Albert King, B.B. King and all of the progenitors of blues. “It was an incredible time for electric guitar,” Robben recalls.
On his interest in jazz, Robben says,” I fell in love with the sax-playing of Paul Desmond and The Dave Brubeck Quartet, and before long found Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Yusef Lateef, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, and of course, Miles Davis.” These influences have stayed with Robben, playing a large part in his particular blend of jazz and blues that define him as a guitarist and allow him to play in a wide variety of settings.

Sample music from Robben Ford:

Thorell "Red Sky Deluxe" Archtop - Thorell Fine Guitars

This latest archtop is finished with a natural vintage-burst spruce for the top; maple for the back, sides, and neck; Bocote binding; and ebony for the fretboard. The fretboard is graced with Thorell’s “Z” block inlay. The Thorell Thunder Bowl pickup that’s installed is a DeArmond-style single-coil with fully shielded, under-mount controls.
Premier Guitar Magazine article – April, 2014: http://www.premierguitar.com/articles/20446-modern-builder-vault-thorell-guitars
2014 Thorell Guitar Models: http://www.acousticguitarcommunity.com/profiles/blogs/thorell-fine-guitars-august-2012
Thorell Guitars Website - Red Sky Deluxe Archtop (11 Pictures): http://thorellguitars.com/guitars/arch-tops/red-sky-deluxe/

Thorell Fine Guitars - 4 Models shown in the April 2014 issue of Premier Guitar Magazine - Link at the bottom to other models.

Red Sky Deluxe
Thorell’s latest model is an archtop that’s finished with a natural vintage-burst spruce for the top; maple for the back, sides, and neck; Bocote binding; and ebony for the fretboard. The fretboard is graced with Thorell’s “Z” block inlay. The Thorell Thunder Bowl pickup that’s installed is a DeArmond-style single-coil with fully shielded, under-mount controls.

The Grand

This large-sized flattop is meant to deliver the open and powerful sound of a dreadnought, yet still provide the response characteristics needed for modern fingerstyle and picking. Stunning wood appointments abound: The Grand shown here features Brazilian rosewood for the back and sides, cocobolo binding, Adirondack spruce for the top, and a figured mahogany neck that’s topped with an ebony fretboard. The delicate fretboard inlays have a combination of black mother-of-pearl, aluminum, and honey jasper.

FV Premier

The FV Premier was originally commissioned by jazz great Frank Vignola and built with the intention of providing versatile and clear acoustic tone with a fusion of Gypsy, archtop, and flattop sounds. This FV Premier boasts Lutz spruce for the top, figured cocobolo binding, walnut for the back and sides, and a mahogany neck that’s capped with an ebony fretboard. For electronics, the FV Premier is outfitted with a blade-style P-90 called the San Rafael.

Sweet E
Thorell’s Sweet “E” model is a traditional X-braced archtop inspired by the great masters of this building genre, and each guitar is custom voiced to a player’s needs and desires. The soundboard on this vintage-burst finished beauty is spruce; while the back, sides, binding, and neck are carved from maple. The Sweet “E” is equipped with one of Thorell’s floating, hum-cancelling Lone Peak pickups.

2014 Thorell Fine Guitars Models:

Premier Guitar Magazine Article on Thorell Guitars


Modern Builder Vault: Thorell Guitars

February 27, 2014

red sky

Red Sky Deluxe
Thorell’s latest model is an archtop that’s finished with a natural vintage-burst spruce for the top; maple for the back, sides, and neck; Bocote binding; and ebony for the fretboard. The fretboard is graced with Thorell’s “Z” block inlay. The Thorell Thunder Bowl pickup that’s installed is a DeArmond-style single-coil with fully shielded, under-mount controls.  

Ryan Thorell got an early start building guitars at 14-years-old. He was already playing quite a bit at the time, and like many rockers his age, he was big into Metallica and Skid Row. It was fitting that his first guitar design included a “battle-axe headstock with an eyeball logo crying blood down the fretboard.”
One probably wouldn’t suspect the heavy metal background when checking out Thorell’s wares today. His master-crafted instruments—from archtops to flattops to nylon-stringed guitars and more—represent the pinnacle of high-end lutherie. In fact, his guitars are the go-to weapons for jazz extraordinaire Frank Vignola.
Thorell contends that the early stages of learning to play the guitar were most influential and defined his sense of the instrument. “I found that I had an affinity for an instrument to respond in certain ways and I really developed a good intuition for what a guitar needed to be able to do as a tool. Once I had really dedicated myself to building instruments, that became a good basis for my explorations in what can be done sonically and aesthetically,” says the luthier. “I also think of guitars like amps, in that I try to influence how they break up or don’t as you push them or play softly.”
Before setting out on his own, Thorell did about eight years of apprenticeships and says that he’s never stopped trying to learn and develop his skills. “I look at my guitars as communal pieces of art, in that they are my responses to what my clients are looking for. If I can build and design from a place of excitement and passion about what I do, all the motives and reasons are right.”
“I also think of guitars like amps, in that I try to influence how they break up or don’t as you push them or play softly.”
Thorell winds all his own pickups and mostly builds DeArmond-style pups with adjustable pole pieces housed in an ebony case. He uses a slightly wider aperture for the pickup and winds them hot so they’re a “bit fatter in tone but still really crisp.” He builds various other pickups and prefers to wind them himself because it gives him more quality control.
When it comes to tonewoods, Thorell admits he has a special affinity for walnut. “I have been around it my whole life. My grandfather cut it and loved it, and I’ve used it everywhere. There is nothing like Cache Valley black walnut,” he says. “I love other woods, and even other walnuts, but local handsawn walnut always gives me reverence. I’ve also been using a lot of Douglas fir.”
One obstacle Thorell faces as a boutique builder is that some guitarists don’t consider a finely built instrument as a worthy investment when there are many less-expensive options. “It’s unlike the violin or classical guitar world where there are a large amount of great inexpensive instruments, but serious players know and have a tradition of seeking out instruments that respond as fully as possible and allow them more freedom of expression. In those worlds, it’s the experience more than the name that people are purchasing and they are willing to make a proper investment because they appreciate the rewards.”
When asked what model best represents his work, the luthier says it’s always his latest build. “Every one is so unique and I approach each with such passion that it’s hard to see it any other way. It is more of a timeline than a product line.”
Pricing and Availability
Thorell’s shop is located in Logan, Utah, where he builds approximately 20 guitars annually with the help of his apprentice of two years, Nate Wood. Thorell guitars are sold both direct and through a handful of global dealers, with a wait time of about a year. Prices vary greatly from $5,500 to $20,000 depending on build options (most of these instruments are custom designs).

John Pizzarelli Quartet - JazzSLC Concert

John Pizzarelli has performed as part of the jazzSLC Concert Series (JazzSLC) six times! There is a good reason John has been invited back so many times. His concerts are always one of the favorites each season. John Pizzarelli travels with his quartet throughout the U.S., Europe, South America and Japan setting the standard for stylish, modern jazz. JazzSLC welcomes back once again this dear friend to our concert series. If you love jazz guitar, don't miss this concert!

Sample music from John Pizzarelli:
"I Got Rhythm" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ5KYc_s4bE&list=PL203FEB53A59A17E3
“Route 66” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBNahrosnJI
“Papermoon” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-e8LEt8I9Y
“Satin Doll” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dj8OYADMfKE
“The Way You Look Tonight” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utuWs36XiGI

“Double Exposure” – John’s most recent CD:
The making of “Double Exposure” -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FP80Xv8Sfo
Sample music from the “Double Exposure” CD on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007ZMALLY/ref=dm_sp_alb

"Live Kisses" - Paul McCartney's great DVD (Buy the Blu-ray version!)  John Pizzarelli, Diana Krall and other greats back up Paul McCartney. Here is a youtube sample:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX-mWqfERK8

An evening jazz lovers will long remember!
Thorell Fine Guitars - A proud sponsor

Thorell Guitars presents Australian guitarist Adam Miller in concert (11/8/13) at 8pm in Logan, Utah.

Picture of Adam Miller playing a Thorell FV Archtop during the concert 

Comment from Adam Miller while on his way to Utah for his concert:

54 minute interview on Utah Public Radio with Adam Miller and Ryan Thorell. During the interview Adam plays some of his music - Enjoy: