Guitar Technician / Luthier

Ciari Guitars is looking for a Guitar Technician/Luthier to join our Nashville based manufacturing operation. Ideal candidates will be self-starters who are organized, efficient, and enthusiastic about joining a growing music instrument startup that is driving innovation in the guitar industry.


Be an integral part of the team producing revolutionary folding guitars from assembled stage through final setup, QC inspection, and shipping. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assembling guitar necks and bodies to include patented folding system (e.g. mid-neck hinge, string actuator assembly, tone plate, etc...).
  •  Installation of frets, bridges, saddles, nuts, tuners, electronics, and other parts.
  •  Applying adhesives, filing, sanding, and buffing for perfect finish on all surfaces.
  •  Prep and gluing parts to finished bodies or other parts.
  •  Electronic pickup installation including soldering, string balance, and wire management.
  • Operation of Plek Pro system to ensure optimal fretboard shaping and fret dress during manufacture (training to be provided).
  • Final set-up including polishing, stringing, saddle and nut adjustments.
  • Perform efficient and thorough Quality Control inspection and document.
  • Box and ship finished instruments to meet product delivery schedule.
  • Maintaining assembly area supplies and ordering parts as needed.
  • Working in cooperation with other Ciari Guitars team members and manufacturing partners.


  • Ability to perform fine craftwork on musical instruments including assembly and finish processes. Training for Ciari-specific skills on the job.
  • Experience building and/or repairing fretted musical instruments.
  • Desire to build high quality musical instruments and grow with the company.
  • Ability to learn, if needed, and competently operate a Plek Pro system.
  • Able to complete tasks thoroughly in a timely manner to meet/exceed production goals.
  • Enthusiastic, self-starter, solutions-oriented, with team spirit.
  • Highly organized with exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong time management skill with the ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Highly accountable with strong self-discipline.

Hourly range is $18-$22 per hour depending on experience.

About Ciari Guitars

Home of the award-winning Ascender – the first and only pro-level folding electric guitar for “stage, studio, and everywhere in between” - Ciari Guitars was founded in 2016 by CEO Jonathan Spangler, a patent attorney and amateur musician.

Headquartered in San Diego CA with manufacturing in Nashville TN, Ciari Guitars is poised to revolutionize the guitar industry with a game-changing folding technology platform that allows a full-size, premium guitar to fold in half for backpack portability for unparalleled convenience and uncompromising quality.

Ciari Artists include Steve Stevens (Billy Idol), Rich Fortus (Guns & Roses), Elvis Costello, Quinton Gibson (Darius Rucker), Greg Suran (Lionel Ritchie, B-52s, American Idol), Scott Ian (Anthrax),Andy Sneap (Judas Priest), Jonathan Butler, Big Mike Hart (Boney James), Rick Marcel (Kool & The Gang), Colin Orange (Commodores), and many more.

The Ascender has been played for a cumulative audience of 4M+ people since 2022 by touring acts on stages worldwide, and was also played on the Grammy-winning studio album by the world-renowned Count Basie Orchestra. Ciari has also received rave reviews from Guitar World, Guitar Player and other leading guitar publications, as well as Forbes, USA Today, CNN among other media outlets.

At Ciari Guitars, we pride ourselves on and hold dear the following core cultural tenets, which the successful candidate will embrace, consistently demonstrate, and foster:

  • Accountability: Holds oneself and others responsible for accomplishing goals, completing assignments, and making decisions. Takes ownership of their work, including both positive and negative outcomes, to build trust internally and externally.
  • Solutions and Results: Achieves goals and delivers results via creative, solutions-based problem-solving. Finds a way to “yes” while maintaining highest standards of ethics and integrity. Demonstrates grit and determination.
  • Collaboration: Works well and openly with others to drive success for the team. Open-minded and welcomes constructive feedback and alternate views, feedback, suggestions. Offers same for others, with unwavering “good intent” of driving success for Ciari Guitars and our family of customers and partners.
  • Proactive: Anticipates needs and identifies areas of opportunity for improved procedures, protocols, workflows. Ability to “see around corners” and raise flags to others (and propose solutions) to avoid unnecessary disruptions, interruptions.
  • Whistle While You Work: Enjoys challenges and maintains positive, optimistic outlook and energy to foster a “can’t leave” culture and fun working environment. Proudly serves as Ambassador for Ciari Guitars in all dealings with internal and external customers and industry partners.

Ciari Guitars is proud to offer paid time off, which accrues over time, and a 401(k) retirement plan.