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From the word lute, obviously and therefore originally a maker of Lutes the name is now applied to the maker of any wooden stringed instrument with frets. Luthiers are very skilled people who can repair as well as create. I am not convinced that the term is applied to fretless instruments (violin makers, harp makers etc) or banjo makers even though some sources will equate stringed musical instrument maker with luthier.

Some noted Luthiers:

and factories: