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!

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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.


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American Lutherie #144 - Winter 2021

Swedish luthier Roger Häggström rebuilds century-old commercial guitars to make them sound and play well. Federico Sheppard completes his uncompromising copy of FE08, the elaborate early opus of the master luthier Torres. Robert Anderson makes beautifully carved, inlaid, and engraved banjos. In the concluding episode of a six-part series, Charles Fox frets, assembles, and sets up a flattop guitar. Get the best, most accurate work from your benchtop CNC router. Teaching STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) to high-school students by having them make guitars. Reviews of the SuperMax sander, Michael Bashkin's online fretting course, and a new book about Spanish master builder Vicente Arias. Find practical tips in our "It Worked for Me" column. And much more.

 Scheduled to mail to 2021 members in January

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!