Cary Pedicini works from his purpose built workshop set amongst the vineyards of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula renowned not only for its world class wines but also for its stable climatic conditions, ideal for the fine art of the luthier. Cary’s musical influences originate from both his mother Angela, a gifted soprano, and his uncle Leon La Gruta, principal violinist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for over 40 years. Having studied violin from an early age Cary turned to the classical guitar, inspired by his experience of hearing the great John Williams in rehearsal with the MSO in the early 70’s. During his training as an Industrial Designer Cary continued studying classical guitar under Jochen Schubert in Melbourne and although not destined for a career as a professional musician these early influences would eventually lead to his career as a professional guitar luthier. It was also during his student days that Cary developed his skills in the traditional art of French polishing whilst working for one of Melbourne’s foremost antique importers.
Cary began making his first guitar in 1978 but it would a few decades until he had the opportunity to turn his attention full time to this art. The fortunate circumstance of living close to the internationally renowned Australian luthier, Richard Howell has no doubt been one of the strongest influences on Cary’s development. Richard Howell has inspired and nurtured the art of handcrafted guitar making with many of Australia’s finest luthiers. His willingness to share his knowledge and understanding in particular of the great Spanish masters has been one of the most profound influences on Cary’s approach to his craft.
Another important influence for Cary has been his association and friendship with Chris Wynne of Thomas Lloyd Guitars whose passion for exploring the potential of Australian tonewoods in traditional and contemporary guitar construction has pioneered a new path for the modern day luthier. Cary attributes Chris’ ability to create a learning community amongst Melbourne luthiers as one of the great legacies that will ensure the art of the guitar luthier remains vibrant in this part of the world.