The contents of this issue are in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Seven
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American Lutherie #77
Spring 2004

This issue's cover shows the neck joint of a 36-string folk harp made by Dusty Strings.

Meet the Makers: Sue and Ray Mooers of Dusty Strings
by Jonathon Peterson

Sue and Ray Mooers were a young hippie couple in 1977 when they saw someone playing a hammered dulcimer at a folklife festival. Today they run Dusty Strings, a major maker of hammered dulcimers and folk harps. See their whole story and factory tour in this issue.

Shifting Gears on a Gretsch by John Calkin
The Gretsch guitar company has been through some changes in ownership over the last few decades, and details of construction have changed too. This Gretsch Country Gentleman had a truss rod which was designed to be adjusted with a right-angle gearbox. When it broke, John Calkin had a major repair on his hands. See how he handled it.

They Eat Linseed Oil, Don't They? by Stephen Frith
Stephen Frith went to Austria to select and resaw some gorgeous spruce for guitar tops. People there eat linseed oil (article includes recipe) and do the precision resawing with a very thin circular saw. Exotic!

An Authentic Hurdy-Gurdy by Wilfried Ulrich
So everybody saw Sting playing a hurdy-gurdy on the Academy Awards show, and now they are beating down your door wanting you to make one. Luckily for you, we are publishing it as GAL Instrument Plan #49. It is based on an instrument in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nurnberg, but has had a second row of keys added to make it fully chromatic. The article also includes photos of a 700-year-old hurdy-gurdy.

Hands-on Archtop Mandolin Making, Part Three with Don MacRostie
by Peggy Stuart
Here's part 3 of our in-depth series on making an A-model mandolin with Don MacRostie. In this installment we glue on the back, shape the neck, bind the body, install the truss rod, prepare the fretboard, and install the frets. Stay tuned for parts 4 and 5.

Neck Template Duplicating Carver by Peter Hurney
Peter Hurney shows us how to convert a Marlin carver into a neck duplicator that will shape two necks at once from a template, using angle grinders fitted with chainsaw-type cutting wheels.

Desktop CNC Machines by R.M. Mottola
Ain't that cute! Yep, it's a tiny little CNC machine that guides a Dremel tool in a machineable area of 6 x 8 inches. Such a device can be useful for inlay work and other small tasks. Consider this as a way to knock two or three zeros off the price of getting your lutherie business into the CNC world.

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