G. Edward Lutherie Inc.
G. Edward Lutherie Inc. is the workshop and enterprise of Gary
E. Bartig (G. Edward). As a master luthier and stringed instrument designer, Gary practices the art of Lutherie - the making and repair of stringed instruments.
What's in a Name?
The root of our web and email address - gelbass - is derived from the initials G. E. L. - for G. Edward Lutherie - plus the word "bass", since the Eminence Portable Upright Bass was the sole product in the early days. Some customers call the Eminence their "Emmy" or "Gelbass"; others have given it such personal nicknames as "Skinny Minnie", "The Puppy House", and "Junior".
History of the Eminence Bass & G.
Edward Lutherie Inc.
Much of the concept of the Eminence Portable
Upright Bass is owed to the gifted luthier, Scott Zumberg.
He made the first prototype for an acoustic amplified portable
bass in 1990. That bass, made for Patty Shove, is still
gigging around the upper Midwest with Pete Mathison. After
Scott's untimely death in 1993, Gary received permission
from the Zumberg family to continue developing the portable
As a result, Gary brought his background in
music retailing, sound engineering, electronics, lutherie,
and musicianship together in 1996 to establish G. Edward
Lutherie Inc., with the purpose of perfecting what is now
considered to be the preeminent portable upright in the
bass world the Eminence Portable Upright Bass.
Due to his status as a respected luthier and
musician, Gary has been fortunate to work with many top
bass professionals during the development of the Eminence
bass. He is indebted to them for their invaluable feedback
and support over the years (with thanks especially to Mark
Gary's success in designing the Eminence
bass has led him to continue research and development of
other fine acoustic and amplified instruments. Chief among
these is the new Dahlia violin family of instruments. Remarks
Gary, Having played the violin for over 30 years,
I realized there's a need for an affordable 5-string acoustic
violin that offers the same string spread as a 4-string
with balanced tone."
Prototypes for the Dahlia were in development
for 2 years. The elegant, patented design is now available
in both the Dahlia 5-String and Dahlia 4-String models.
Acoustic Electric Strings: Our New Subsidiary
In our latest venture - Acoustic Electric Strings - Gary has developed an internal piezo pickup which, when installed in our selection of superior quality yet affordable instruments, FAITHFULLY AMPLIFIES the acoustic tone of each instrument WITHOUT ALTERING the acoustic tone. Check out our new web site at www.AcousticElectricStrings.com for photos and audio clips!!
G. Edward Lutherie Today
G. Edward Lutherie continues to expand its offering of innovative instruments and accessories, and has grown to include the managerial and web expertise of Karen Bartig, Gary's wife and business partner.
Both shop and warehouse are located in Northeast Minneapolis.
Gary is available by appointment only, so please call 800-741-3045 or 612-781-5799 to schedule a visit,
or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gary will let you know whether shop or warehouse is more appropriate for your needs.
Our shop address is 537 36 ½ Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. Click on the first map below for directions.
Our warehouse address (see second map below)
is 1620 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, Suite 232.
This is also our mailing/shipping address.