I recently visited some family and friends in NYC, my old stomping grounds. While I was there, I took a short trip up to Orangeburg, NY to visit Alex Glasser at Iron horse Instruments.


After graduating from Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, as part of our 2004 Fall class, Alex worked for Richard Hoover at Santa Cruz Guitar Company for a couple of years. He also had a side-gig helping out master-luthier, Jeff Traugott, once a week. After that, he stepped into the guitar repair arena, under the legendary Frank Ford, at Gryphon Stringed instruments in Palo Alto, CA.


Now, these are very different paths off the main road of guitar-making and repair, and for Alex, they continued his education in a massive way. He learned from some of the best in the business. Under these master luthiers and repair gurus, Alex honed his skills until he was ready to return to New York, where he opened up his own shop in 2012… Yes, that’s a very cool way to find your way home.


Alex is an affable guy, and once you get him going on guitar matters, he easily geeks out with the best of us… I had a good time checking out his shop, and could probably hang there all day and just work on stuff. Maybe next time I visit NYC, I’ll head up to Iron Horse Instruments, just southwest of the Tappan Zee Bridge, for some guitar related r&r.

About the author:

John "Juano" Lippi

“Musician and producer Juano Lippi was born with some wizardry inside: Divinity meets the Devil.” – Phil Ramone – The Huffington Post

For more information on John “Juano” Lippi please visit: www.juanolippi.com