The 2024 Artisan Guitar Show Door Prize

A Special Guitar Built Just For The Artisan Guitar Show

Each year the Artisan Guitar Show closes its magical weekend by giving some lucky attendee a beautiful handcrafted guitar. No purchase is necessary to be entered as a participant, but the winner of the door prize must be present to win. This award has become an annual tradition and we are excited to partner with Bill Kraus of Kraus Guitars on our 2024 door prize guitar. We selected Bill as our partner for many reasons including our appreciation of his quality craftsmanship and his tasteful approach to aesthetic considerations.

Bill began playing guitar in 1979. His passion for fine instruments is grounded in his love of music. He describes his early years fondly: “I enjoyed nearly constant exposure to music being played in my childhood home. I was exposed to country, jazz, classical, show tunes, and other forms of music.”

Bill spent many years adjusting and modifying a diverse collection of many instruments that included acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, violins, and pedal steel guitars. After many years in retail and ten years working in an auto plant, Bill decided in 2003 to pursue his interest in stringed instruments at a professional level. He took a leave of absence from his job in an auto plant and attended the Roberto-Venn school of luthiery in Phoenix, Arizona. He completed an intensive five-month luthiery program and returned to his home in western New York.

For the next year and a half Bill worked mornings in a small area in the back of a local violin shop and he spent his afternoons and evenings at the auto plant. At the violin shop he was able to make the forms and tools he needed to become a guitar maker as well as to build complete guitars. He regularly worked as many as 15 hours a day during that 18 months until he was able to resign his position at the automotive plant and formally begin his guitar making career. He purchased a property with a house and a shell of a building which he completely renovated into a guitar shop.

In addition to making guitars, Bill worked several days a week at RC Tonewoods for nearly seven years. While there, Bill mastered resawing, cutting, and sanding lumber into acoustic guitar sets. He also became skilled at making bindings, rosette squares, neck blanks, and laminations as well as performing machine maintenance. Working for RC allowed Bill to see literally thousands of different back and side sets and acoustic guitar tops from many different wood species – he saw a lifetime of guitar sets in just a few years and considers his time at RC Tonewoods a “great experience.”

After building some guitars, Bill decided that he needed a quality dealer to represent his instruments, so he called Stan Jay at the famous guitar shop Mandolin Brothers. Bill had purchased his first “good” guitar there many years earlier. Bill asked if Mandolin Brothers would sell his guitars, and Stan politely declined citing a lack of Internet presence by Kraus Guitars. Determined, and with Stan’s blessing, Bill made the nearly seven-hour drive to Mandolin Brothers to show his guitars in person. Stan was quite impressed with his work and immediately decided to represent Kraus Guitars.

Bill sold through Mandolin Brothers until Stan’s death and the closing of the shop in 2015. Kraus Guitars has also enjoyed the honor of having its guitars sold in other fine high-end shops including Gruhn Guitars and The North American Guitar/Carter Vintage Guitars. Kraus Guitars have also been presented at prestigious guitar shows around the country on multiple occasions including the Artisan Guitar Show and The Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase.

Kraus Guitars is celebrating its twentieth year as a guitar maker.


Rules and Regulations

This door prize promotional activity is operated by Motoring USA LLC for the Artisan Guitar Show event.
The door prize promotion is provided as entertainment only.
No purchase is necessary to be entered as a participant.
Tickets for entry in the door prize promotional activity are not available for sale and may not be purchased.
One (1) numbered ticket will be given to any party in attendance at the Artisan Guitar Show. These tickets will be available upon request between the hours of 10:00 AM – 2:45 PM on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at the Artisan Guitar Show Box Office.
Two (2) numbered tickets will be given to any Weekend Pass ticket holder in attendance at the Artisan Guitar Show. These tickets will be available upon request between the hours of 10:00 AM – 2:45 PM on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at the Artisan Guitar Show Box Office.
Five (5) numbered tickets will be given to any VIP ticket holder in attendance at the Artisan Guitar Show. These tickets will be available upon request between the hours of 10:00 AM – 2:45 PM on April 21, 2024 at the Artisan Guitar Show Box Office.
The drawing for the door prize promotional activity and award of the prize will conducted on Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 3:00 PM on the Artisan Guitar Show Concert Stage.
The winner of the door prize must be present to win. The winner must appear in front of the Artisan Guitar Show Concert Stage in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Artisan Guitar Show at the time of drawing and the award of the door prize. The winning ticket will expire ten (10) minutes after being announced and another winning number will then be declared. This process will be repeated until a winner is present and declared.
The winner must be a resident of one of the 50 United States of America or the District of Colombia or reside in a location where participation in this door prize promotional activity is not prohibited.
The winner must be age 18 or older.
The winner hereby acknowledges that winning the door prize may create a tax reporting responsibility and tax payment liability and that the winner is responsible for any taxes and all related fees.
The winner hereby agrees to sign a model release permitting Artisan Guitar Show all rights to use his/her image and fact of winning for all purposes.