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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CURRENT ISSUE OF
AMERICAN LUTHERIE

American Lutherie #147 - Winter 2022

Brian Yarosh interviews Beau Hannam, an Aussie who has migrated to Colorado to make his gorgeous guitars and ukes. Beau then shows us in detail how he makes and uses a router jig for cutting saddle slots in bridges. Bigtime lutherie teacher Robbie O’Brien steps us through his method of setting steel string guitar action. Luthier, guitarist, and scholar James Buckland tells of the “missing link” between the 5-course Baroque guitar and the modern 6-string guitar; it's the 5-string guitar, believe it or not, and he also offers a full plan of an authentic example from 1785. Guitar tech Carl-David Hardin shows us how he does a nice bone nut replacement while on the road. John Calkin interviews Peggy Stuart, and we learn how difficult it was to make a guitar on your own in the 1970s. Michael Burton goes the extra mile to resurrect a guitar with a super-bad neck warp. Calkin is back to show us how to make a simple but essential tool, the centerline square. F.A. Jaén cleverly hides the mechanism of his adjustable pickguard bracket inside the guitar. Roger Häggström straps a vibrating aquarium pump onto a guitar to break in the sound. Brent Benfield makes tight plate seams with sandpaper and a granite slab. Bob Gleason shows us how to do more accurate small resawing jobs. Members give glowing reviews to a video course on polishing lacquer and a book on Neapolitan mandolins. In the “Worked for Me” column we get hints about shielding paint, files, thumb picks, and binding strips. We honor the memories of Jeanette Fernández and Rick Turner. See more.

Scheduled to mail to 2022 members mid January

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!