This is like the question are we luthiers? Recently had new member come on-board referring to himself a newbie with 15 builds. My next will be a "teen". I like to build 3 or better at a time to make best use of equipment and time. I don't feel like a newbie and comfortable making CBG's,LPG's, and got a couple of '58 Corvette hubcaps on the way for my first hub cap builds.At the same time I would be challenged to build a baritone uke, like Mark or some of the absolutely unbelievable stuff I have seen here. I know I am leaving people out,no harm intended but that is a recent example. Is "newbie" connected with the number of builds, or diversity of builds? Built all acoustic,electric acoustic, pre-amped electric.
I do it for fun,but it is doing it for a living the point where it professional,advanced or is it a state of mind? Professional, to me seems me to mean that is your day job.Not a super serious question, just wonderin' here.
I commented here a week or so back in good faith,i'm now in the midst of a build that's taken me back to my 1st attempt,learning new stuff again,LUTHIER?,yeah in my £%&"*&% dreams
Once you make the first one you are a Luthier - Novice Class.
At some point of having a variety of builds behind you and comfort in the art and begin exploring some interesting "What If I do this interesting thing...." you are probably a Luthier - Journeyman Class
Master Luthier is either a piece of paper you get from a trade school, or a designation bestowed by your peers out of respect for your contribution to expanding and perpetuating the art.
(see I told you I have a tendency to ramble...)