Lichty Guitars’ 100th Instrument Tuned-up for the 2015 LEAF Raffle

April 4th, 2015  – Asheville, NC.  North Carolina luthier Jay Lichty carves, sands and polishes a handcrafted guitar or ukulele each year for a raffle to support programming by LEAF Community Arts. The guitar to be raffled in 2015 is the 100th instrument crafted by Lichty. Given this is a milestone year for LEAF, who is celebrating their 20th year of community festivals, dedicating the 100th Lichty is a fitting tribute.  Lichty built his first guitar in 2009. In 2010 he began building instruments to raise money and awareness for LEAF. The 2015 raffle marks the sixth Lichty instrument donated with the total retail value since 2009 of over $20,000.

Just as Lichty Guitars and Ukuleles touch, inspire and uplift people around the world, so too do the outreach programs of LEAF Community Arts. LEAF is a non-profit organization, building community, connecting cultures and enriching lives through the arts – locally and globally – with festivals, community events, and arts education programs. Since 2004, LEAF has served over 41,000 youth with programs in over 15 community locations and in 10 countries worldwide. “The history and legacy of both LEAF Community Arts and Lichty Guitars is being celebrated this year, states Cortina Caldwell, LEAF Communications Director.  “Our relationship with Lichty Guitars truly deepened over the years and we are excited to see this grow as both organizations reach honorable milestones.  It is a nice reminder that we are united in our mission to serve the community and empower others through music and arts.”

The 2015 Raffle Guitar:

  • OM-style guitar with Pau Ferro back and sides and a Carpathian Spruce top
  • Retail value: $4,625.

The Raffle:

  • Raffle tickets are $10 each and may be purchased via phone at (828) 686-8742 or online at (online sales include a $5.99 processing fee) or at the LEAF Festival in May and October.  Ticket sales are limited to 500.
  • The winning ticket will be drawn at the LEAF Fall Festival at Lake Eden on October 18th, 2015.

Learn more about the raffle, see images of this one-of-a-kind handcrafted guitar and hear sound bites at:


Handcrafted and built-to-order by North Carolina luthier Jay Lichty, Lichty handmade acoustic guitars and ukuleles are built from the highest quality materials with premium exotic and domestic tonewoods. Lichty single-handedly builds each of the approximately 25 instruments he crafts a year - creating award-winning works of art played and praised by musicians from Nashville to Japan. Professional musicians who play custom Lichty Guitars include Randall Bramblett, Bonnie Raitt, Geoff Achison, Noah Guthrie and more.

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