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 #143 is our Summer 2021 issue. Federico Sheppard builds a copy of FE08, the astonishingly elaborate early opus of Torres. In Part Five of our series on building a guitar with Charles Fox, the fretboard is slotted, crowned, and glued to the neck, which is then shaped. Alfred Woll discusses the development of the Neapolitan mandolin and shows us how to make the arched-and-canted soundboard. Leonardo Michelin-Salomon builds Romantic-era guitars in Norway with local spruce. Mark French shows us how to quickly make a frequency-response curve of a guitar using a hand-held digital recorder or a smart phone. Harry Fleishman makes an inexpensive vise that can clamp to any bench top and can swivel and tilt all over the place. Steve Dickerson’s first uke build used cheap wood from the home improvement store. R.M. Mottola gives not-too-technical summaries of two articles recently published on-line by Savart Journal. Reviews include books on Barrios, D’Angelico, and D’Aquisto; a tracker gizmo; and a video on solidbody guitar making. and much more. See the full preview here.

Scheduled to mail to 2021 members early July.

New Instrument Plan

Terz Guitar
GAL Plan #80  Drawn by James Buckland

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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!