The Guild of American Luthiers is a nonprofit educational membership organization whose purpose is to facilitate learning about lutherie: the art, craft, and science of stringed musical instrument building and repair. Since 1972, we’ve been the foremost source of information for makers, repairers, and restorers of all kinds of string instruments.

Guild membership and publications are open to all. Whether you’ve been making instruments for years, or have just acquired the lutherie bug; whether you live in Brooklyn or Bangladesh; whether lutherie is your livelihood or your passion or both; we invite you to join the Guild and learn more about the many ways you can benefit from and contribute to our information sharing system!

Membership Benefits

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Member Discounts

Members get discounted prices on our books, back issues, plans, and more.

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American Lutherie

Our respected journal American Lutherie is the main benefit of GAL membership.

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Premium Web Content

Members can read a growing selection of our articles online.

CURRENT ISSUE OF
AMERICAN LUTHERIE

Classical Guitars 2: An American Lutherie Anthology - Fall 2022

Classical Guitars 2, the fifth book in our American Lutherie Anthology series. It’s a full-color, soft cover, 100-page book with articles selected from the 1985-2011 issues of American Lutherie on the topic of classical guitars. Unlike the original issues of AL, this book is printed in full color. See more.

Scheduled to mail to 2022 members mid-Late September

New Instrument Plan

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GAL Plan #80  Drawn by James Buckland

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Resources

Are you just getting started in guitar making, or thinking about becoming a luthier? Or are you an experience builder looking for an event or hard-to-find supplies? See our Resources page with links to lutherie schools, suppliers, organizations, events and more!