Tim Lerch

Jazz and Blues Guitarist

Taste, Tone and Telecasters

My site is currently under construction – we are updating it live. Thanks for your patience as we work to finish.

True Fire Course Coming Soon

I have a new True Fire Course coming soon: SOLO JAZZ PATHWAYS – CHORDAL IMPROV. Check out a live feed on the right we did on November 5, 2019. You can PRE-ORDER today! I will post updated info when I have a firm release date.


Tim Lerch Solo Guitar Vol 2

Solo Guitar Volume 2 is available now. This is an Audio Recording 18 tunes High Quality Audio Download only (not PDFs). Available for purchase.


I have over 40 arrangements I have written up. Here are a few: April in Paris, Georgia on My Mind, Here‚Äôs That Rainy Day, list more popular ones ‚Ķ All arrangements are available for a minimal donation ‚Äď please click to see the full list. A sample is also available for you to view.

Study with Tim

Study with Tim via Skype!

$80/hr via PayPal. Send Tim a note via the Contact Page. Serious inquiries only.


Enjoy some sample of my music and teaching. Just click on any video to watch. There are many more videos on Tim’s YouTube Channel.

Select Offerings

Carriage House & Solo Guitar Vol. 1 and 2are Audio Recordings. We used to call them “records” then we called them “CDs”, now we call them digital downloads. This is not a collection of PDFs. Enjoy! —we are working on the shopping cart which will be available soon – if you must have them immediately, contact me


Here’s a partial list of the gear I use:

  • Linda Manzer Blue Note
  • Various Fender Custom Shop Nocasters
  • TLTX Chubby Mike Lull Custom Guitars (Tim’s Signature Guitar)
  • Guild CE100D, Formerly owned by Ted Greene
  • 1959 Gibson L-7C
  • 1951 Gibson ES 350
  • Grez Gibson TL Custom
  • Andersen Little Archie
  • 1939 Epiphone Broadway

All guitars set up and repaired by Mike Lull at www.mikelull.com

Many of the above guitars are loaded with Lollar Pickups.

I use Glendale Brass Intone or Wide Intone Saddles on my Telecasters. (I have no affiliation with Glendale; I just like their saddles very much).

I am an artist endorser for the following companies:

D’Addario Strings and Planet Waves accessories.¬†www.Daddario.com
Lollar Pickups www.lollarguitars.com
Sunnyside Amps www.sunnysideamps.com
Fuchs ODS 50 amplifier www.fuchsaudiotechnology.com
Ethos Overdrive Preamp  www.customtonesinc.com
Bearfoot FX
Free the Tone Effects

An ever changing pedal board that currently contains :
Korg Blackout tuner, RC Booster, Honey Bee OD, Strymon Lex, Strymon Flint, Echo Baby,  Free The Tone Red Jasper and Final Boost, Rocket Pedals the Dude

Depending on the venue I will use one of the following amps:

Quilter 101 Reverb
Quilter Tone Block 202
Sunnyside K-Verb 40 (main amp)
Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue
Fender Princeton Reissue
Henriksen the Bud
Ethos Overdrive amp
1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb
1964 Ampeg Reverberocket II
1964 Fender Super
Fender Blues Jr
THD Univalve
Quilter Aviator Open 12
1966 Fender Vibrolux Reverb
My favorite Speaker is the Jensen C12K

Happy Students


Tim has helped me take my guitar playing to a new level.  His passion for teaching makes learning a pleasure and I am always psyched to work on the new concepts he has imparted to me in our lessons.  Tim is the best teacher I have ever had for the guitar!

- Toni L

About Tim

Currently one of the Pacific Northwests busiest and most well respected guitarists, Tim is a member of the legendary Northwest Gypsy Jazz Group Pearl Django. In between gigs with PD Tim tries to play as many Solo Guitar performance as he can fit into the schedule.  Also a sought after session guitarist, Tim records frequently in Seattle and Vancouver.

In addition to his live playing and recording schedule Tim is also a well respected and popular teacher with a busy schedule of private lessons, classes and workshops. Recent¬† activities include a new Instructional¬†¬†DVD for Hal Leonard Publishing and¬† Master Class Videos for JazzGuitarSociety.com and a regular column in Fingerstyle¬†Guitar Journal. For those players who don’t live near Seattle Tim is now offering private¬†online lessons¬†via Skype.