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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American Lutherie

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American Lutherie #145 - Spring 2022

Michael Bashkin makes ornamented pegheads and end grafts, using marquetry combined with veneer lines. Jeffrey Elliott reviews three of his major classical-guitar restorations. New York guitar repair guy Matt Brewster is interviewed by Evan Gluck. Mark French visits The Musical Instrument Museum in Arizona. Roger Haggstromm makes a simple hand-powered jig to accurately radius a fretboard without using power tools. Sjaak Elmendorp builds a piccolo balalaika. C.F. Casey makes two successful instruments from a single softwood two-by-four with a knot in it. R.M. Mottola precisely describes his process for slotting a guitar nut, using a laser-printed template. John Calkin steps us through his straightforward, no-nonsense process of routing control cavities in solid guitar bodies. Optimizing a verticaly-mounted electric bending iron. Reviews of RM Mottola's new book Building the Steel String Acoustic Guitar plus a deep video on Inlay Techniques with Larry Robinson. Plus In Memoriam, the "Worked for Me" column, Lutherie Curmudgeon, Letters, and more.

New Instrument Plan

Terz Guitar
GAL Plan #80  Drawn by James Buckland

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