J.K. Lado & Company has officially announced the continuance of the Lado School of Lutherie for a limited number of aspiring craftsman.
Mr. Kovacic has announced that after a one year hiatus, he will continue with his renowned training for only 3 students per 18 week class cycle.
Due to Joe's love of crafting fine instruments and sharing his passion with the next generation of luthiers, he will be teaching classes through 2014.
Interested candidates must complete and submit applications and secure a deposit by March 30, 2014. Please visit the Lado School of Lutherie page for more information and course structure.
"People who have a creative passion for producing fine quality instruments are few and far between. The trade needs to be passed along to future generations. I would like to share my knowledge and experience with today's young people and train them in the mastery of guitar building."
Joseph Kovacic, the founder and CEO of J.K. Lado & Company, was born in Croatia in 1945. After serving in the Yugoslavian army, he began training as a professional luthier at the Zagreb School of Guitar Making in Zagreb, Croatia. Following his studies in Zagreb, Joe completed two years of additional training at Crossman Guitar Works in Vienna, Austria.
In 1968 Joe emigrated to Canada and accepted a position with Turner Musical Instruments, a division of Gibson Guitars. Following two years with Turner Musical, Joe relocated to Hagstrom Guitars as product inspector for one year.
After developing a strong skillset in English, Mr. Kovacic launched Joe's Strings in 1971 from a Toronto basement shop on Gerrard Street.