GAL Instrument Plans

Our plans cover a wide range of instruments, but they are neither comprehensive in scope nor uniform in presentation. They are reflective of what individual GAL members have drawn and submitted over the years. Our plans originally appear (in reduced form) as articles in American Lutherie, and in the Big Red Books of American Lutherie. There may be additional information about the instrument (restoration or building process, photographs, etc.) that appear in American Lutherie that is not included on the full-scale plan, so you may want to obtain a particular back issue or book to have all the information we’ve published on a particular instrument. This will be noted on the individual plan description.

We are always adding to the list of available plans as they appear in the current issues of American Lutherie. If you are interested in seeing a plan of a particular instrument, and especially if you have an instrument that could be used to create a new plan, please contact Tim.

Caveat emptor: Beware of instrument plans sold on ebay, as fraudulent copies of our copyrighted instrument plans are occasionally sold there. Besides being illegal copies, these forgeries are often unusable or incomplete. If you see a suspicious sale, please contact us. Thanks.



GAL Lute Plans

Our lute plans were originally prepared by Robert Lundberg for the Erlangen Lautenbaukurs, an annual seminar presented in Erlangen, Germany, beginning in 1978. These plans are intended to accompany the theoretical information presented in the Lautenbaukurs, available in Mr. Lundberg’s book Historical Lute Construction.

These plans are not necessarily exact replicas of existing instruments. Components missing in the original instrument may be projected from available evidence. Some latitude has been taken to make them practical, workable instruments suitable to modern players.

The uninitiated should not attempt to make a first lute from one of these plans until they have read Mr. Lundberg’s book. The drawings present only the essential information needed to make a particular model of lute. There are a number of details that will not appear on the drawings, because they are developed from understood principles and relationships. Some of these missing details are: the outline of the cap, the juncture of the ribs and cap, the way the ribs flow together at the neck, the pattern of the rosette, details of the treble and bass bars, fine points of bridge construction, pegs, construction of forms, materials, thicknesses, and finishes.

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Entire List of G.A.L. Instrument Plans

GAL Instrument Plan #1: Schmidt Model 73 Autoharp
GAL Instrument Plan #3: Irish Bouzouki
GAL Instrument Plan #4: Hammer Dulcimer, 12/11, 69 String
GAL Instrument Plan #5: Kasha Guitar Soundboard
GAL Instrument Plan #6: ’20s Gibson L-0 Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #7: Martin Harp Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #8: 1918 Martin 1-18
GAL Instrument Plan #9: Kamanché (Persian “Fiddle”)
GAL Instrument Plan #10: 1932 Martin C-3 Archtop Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #11: Hardanger Fiddle
GAL Instrument Plan #12: 1943 Hauser Sr. Classic Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #13: Flattop Bass
GAL Instrument Plan #14: Tar (Persian “Banjo”)
GAL Instrument Plan #15: Modified F3 Mandolin
GAL Instrument Plan #16: Sami-sen (Japanese “Banjo”)
GAL Instrument Plan #17: 6-cs Ren. Lute, H. Frei c.1530 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #1)
GAL Instrument Plan #18: 6-cs Descant Lute, Venere c.1580 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #2)
GAL Instrument Plan #19: 8-cs Bass Lute, Dieffopruchar c.1600 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #3)
GAL Instrument Plan #20: 10-cs Ren. Lute, Dieffopruchar 1612 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #4)
GAL Instrument Plan #21: 7-cs Ren. Alto Lute, Venere 1592 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #5)
GAL Instrument Plan #22: 13-cs Bar. Lute, Dieffopruchar c.1600 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #6)
GAL Instrument Plan #23: 14-cs Archlute, M. Sellas 1639 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #7)
GAL Instrument Plan #24: 1948 D’Angelico New Yorker guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #25: "Moskvichka" Prima Balalaika
GAL Instrument Plan #26: 1923 Loar Gibson F-5 Mandolin
GAL Instrument Plan #27: Baroque Guitar c.1650
GAL Instrument Plan #28: Kibangala (African “Banjo”)
GAL Instrument Plan #29: Low-Cost Bass Viol
GAL Instrument Plan #30: 1973 Romanillos Classic Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #31: Prima Gusli
GAL Instrument Plan #32: Dyer Harp Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #33: 1937 Hauser Guitar, Ex Segovia
GAL Instrument Plan #34: Klein Solidbody Electric Harp Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #35: Malagasy Kabosy
GAL Instrument Plan #36: 1816 Martinez Salon Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #37: 1937 Martin T-17 Tiple
GAL Instrument Plan #38: 1912 Ramirez Guitar, Ex Segovia
GAL Instrument Plan #39: Hammered Dulcimer, 13/13, 52 String
GAL Instrument Plan #40: English Treble 'Gamba after Jaye
GAL Instrument Plan #41: Concert Zither, 37 Strings
GAL Instrument Plan #42: 1951 Barbero Flamenco, Ex Sabicas
GAL Instrument Plan #43: Martin Tenor Ukulele
GAL Instrument Plan #44: "True Companion" Travel Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #45: Clark Harp
GAL Instrument Plan #46: 1977 M. Rodriguez, Jr. Classic Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #47: 1869 Francisco González Guitar (Urlik)
GAL Instrument Plan #48: Russian 7-string Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #49: Hurdy-Gurdy
GAL Instrument Plan #50: Savart-style Upright Bass
GAL Instrument Plan #51: Colombian Tiple
GAL Instrument Plan #52: 1888 Torres Classic Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #53: 2003 Reyes Flamenco Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #54: Mexican Requinto
GAL Instrument Plan #55: Circa 1937 Gibson L-00 Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #56: Santur
GAL Instrument Plan #57: Mid-19th century Martin
GAL Instrument Plan #58: Venezuelan Cuatro
GAL Instrument Plan #59: Colombian Andean Bandola
GAL Instrument Plan #60: Two Tuvan Instruments
GAL Instrument Plan #61: 1986 Sullivan/Elliott Harp Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #62: 1869 Francisco Gonzalez Guitar (Sarpero)
GAL Instrument Plan #63: 1825 Pons Ainé Guitar, Paris
GAL Instrument Plan #64: Double Bass inspired by a 1760 GB Gabrielli
GAL Instrument Plan #65: 1982 D'Aquisto Nylon-String Guitar
GAL Instrument Plan #66: Stahl Style 6 Parlor Guitar #81225
GAL Instrument Plan #67: A. Lawrence Smart Mandolas
GAL Instrument plan #68: 1930 Santos Hernandez Classic Guitar
GAL Instrument plan #69: Tanbour
GAL Instrument plan #70: Baroque Guitar based on Stradivari form MM.E.902.6
GAL Instrument plan #71: A Modern Ukulele Family
GAL Instrument plan #72: Bandola Llanera
GAL Instrument plan #73: 1934 Santos Hernandez Flamenco Guitar
GAL Instrument plan #74: Jeffrey R. Elliott Open Harmonic Bar Classical Guitar


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