Garrett Lee has enjoyed playing guitar since the age of nine. In 1999, his fascination and curiosity with guitar design, coupled with his love for woodcraft, drew him to begin building classical guitars. Trained as a research scientist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, he enjoyed a successful career in academic research and later, in biotechnology. He was compelled by the challenge and intrigue of lutherie to transition to full-time building in 2006.
Gary's research background inspires creativity, thoughtful design, and exacting execution. His handcrafted classical guitars incorporate traditional and contemporary design. Midway through his development, Gary received mentorship from celebrated American luthier John Gilbert.
When he is not building guitars, Gary enjoys playing them and regularly lectures on lutherie for guitar societies, festivals, universities and conservatories. He serves on the board of directors for the New York City Classical Guitar Society. He and his wife Candace live in Wayne, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City.