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

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Member Discounts

Members get discounted prices on our books, back issues, plans, and more.

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American Lutherie

Our respected journal American Lutherie is the main benefit of GAL membership.

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CURRENT ISSUE OF
AMERICAN LUTHERIE

American Lutherie #146 - Summer 2022

Flip Scipio reminisces about the last classic guitar building seminar with his master, José Romanillos. We meet innovative New York electric guitar builder and artist Cindy Hulej. Two members with some professional cred give old-timers advice on how to manage their lutherie estates. John Calkin interviews longtime member David Thormahlen, maker of harps and a wide variety of instruments. January Williams gives us a little history into the development of the twin-soundhole guitar used for Hawaiian slack-key music, and Tim Olsen presents a new instrument plan of a 1982 Douglas Ching slack-key guitar. Lee Herron shows us how he built a special order 7-string guitar. Mark French and Alyssa Fernandez present the science behind measuring the mechanical properties of neck blanks, and they show us how using a smart phone! Richard Bozung shares a new type of instrument he developed called a “Nightingale” that sounds like a guitar but plays like an autoharp. Beau Hannam shows us his better idea for a side-clamping caul. Calkin reviews the O’Brien Guitars’ video course on ukulele making featuring Heidi Litke. Aaron Cash gives new builders, himself included, an encouraging pep talk. Plus In Memoriam for José Romanillos and G.D. Armstrong, the "Worked for Me" column, letters, and more.

Scheduled to mail to 2022 members mid-July

New Instrument Plan

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GAL Plan #80  Drawn by James Buckland

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Resources

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!