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.

It’s Coming Next Summer!

July 22-26, 2020 - Tacoma Washington

• Instrument Exhibition • Informative Lectures • Hands on Demonstrations • Traffic in Lutherie Materials • Concerts • Old Friends • People You Want to Meet •


American Lutherie #138 is our Winter 2019 issue. It features articles about vanishing traditional woods; flamenco guitar construction; an inexpensive electric lap steel; a flamenco guitar plan; ukulele making and marketing; restoration of a century-old American factory guitar; experiments with flattop guitar bridge dimensions; rope binding; reviews, questions, and tips. Read more

Newest Instrument Plans

1957 Martin 0-15 Guitar
GAL Plan #76  Drawn by Tim Olsen 

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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!