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


Member Discounts

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


American Lutherie

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


Premium Web Content

Members can read a growing selection of our articles online.


American Lutherie #142 is our Spring 2021 issue. Look for articles on luthiers who worked with Julian Bream; Part Four of our series on building a guitar with Charles Fox; updating the Venezuelan cuatro; Dan Erlewine's new favorite vise; refretting a bound fretboard; the terz guitar; $75 guitar challenge; knock-down plywood bending form; big wooden C-clamp; marimba bars and resonators. Plus much more. See the full preview here.

Scheduled to mail to 2021 members mid-April.

New Instrument Plan

1964 Harmony/Regal Guitar
GAL Plan #79  Drawn by Steve Kennel

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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!