After nearly 25 years of designing and building electric violins, violas and cellos, Tucker Barrett is now dedicating his time to the repair and restoration of vintage and contemporary acoustic and electric guitars.
Trained and apprenticed under Ken Parker at Stuyvesant Music on 48th Street in NYC, he has been privileged to build custom guitars for such musicians as Pete Townsend, Andy Summers, Lou Reed, and Nile Rodgers, as well as many other professional and amateur musicians. He also repaired, maintained and set up guitars for many top groups such as the Pretenders, Foreigner, The Cars, The Police, and Joan Armatrading.
Set-ups and fretwork are his specialty. His experience and general understanding of how guitars function and change, especially in New England, allow him to improve the feel, playability and intonation of almost any instrument, whether used or new.
As a Stringed Instrument Artist-In-Residence at HatchSpace, Tucker is available Wednesdays, 6-9 pm for consultation, guided restoration and repair of guitars.
Feel free to stop by for a chat with Tucker or to watch him work.
HatchSpace's visiting artist program began with the residency of violin maker, Douglas Cox, in the Fall of 2019. During this residency, Doug produced a violin and a viola as he worked during public sessions at our gallery. HatchSpace has continued to pursue a growing list of local and regional talent to demonstrate their craft, answer questions, and tell their stories.