Join Fodera Guitars at this year’s 2018 Gear Fest!  With two days of the latest gear, incredible workshops, and performances by some of the best talent in the business, Sweetwater continues to put on one of the premier events in the music industry. This year Fodera guitars will be a part of two workshops happening on Friday, June 22nd.


Rhythm Is King

Friday, June 22nd 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Carlitos will be offering performances and insight into his humble beginnings when he first arrived in America and what it’s like having played with such legendary artists as Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and more.  Born and raised in Cuba, Fodera artist Carlitos Del Puerto has quickly become one of the most in demand session musicians in the world. As a doubler on electric bass and upright, Carlitos’ ability to seamlessly transition between instruments and styles and his technical proficiency has led him to work with the likes of Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, , Sérgio Mendez, Chick Corea, and Barbra Streisand, among many others.

Custom Builders Panel

Friday, June 22nd 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Hear from the makers of some of the industry’s finest instruments as they discuss their designs, what continues to inspire them, and how they got their start. Vincent “Vinny” Fodera is the Master Luthier and Chief Product Designer for Fodera Guitars. Prior to cofounding Fodera in 1983, Vinny studied under Thomas Humphrey, learning the luthiery skills he would sharpen at Spector Guitars in the late 1970s. In 1980, he went on to work at Ken Smith’s shop in Brooklyn, which later became the first Fodera shop. Vinny’s luthiery knowledge and artistic skills have allowed him to build instruments that are desired worldwide. By being open to customer feedback over the past 35 years, Vinny has refined the company’s instrument designs to enhance both the functionality and tonal characteristics into being widely recognized the world over for their industry-leading ergonomics and tone.