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 #139 is our Spring 2020 issue. It features Federico Sheppard’s international travels and lutherie adventures; Part One of a detailed look at Charles Fox’s guitar building process; The Gibson J-45 guitar, including GAL Plan #78; Meet Arie van Spronssen; Erick Coleman and Evan Gluck’s latest guitar repair tips; a lap steel guitar made of kitchen gadgets; Harry Flieshman’s praise of small, messy shops; Roger Bucknall’s guitar wood experiment; a remembrance of Felix Manzenaro; plus letters, reviews, questions, and more. Read more

Scheduled to ship to current members in March

New Instrument Plan

1947 Gibson J-45 Guitar
GAL Plan #78  Drawn by Kerry Char

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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!