Instrument Plans

GAL Instrument Plans are full-scale inkjet prints. They are shipped rolled face-out in a sturdy cardboard box or tube. (Plans can be shipped folded for quicker delivery. See our shipping info page.)

We currently offer over 75 instrument plans. Our plans cover a wide range of instruments that reflect what individual GAL members have drawn and submitted over the years, so they are not comprehensive in scope nor uniform in presentation. Our plans originally appeared in reduced form in our journal, American Lutherie, and may have subsequently appeared in the Big Red Books of American Lutherie or American Lutherie Anthology books. Most plans were accompanied by articles which contained additional information about the instrument, such as photos and details of the restoration or building process. Those articles appeared in American Lutherie but may not be included on the full-scale plan itself, so you may want to obtain a particular back issue or book to have all the information we’ve published on a particular instrument. This will be noted on the individual plan description.

We add plans to our list soon after they appear in a current issue of American Lutherie. If you are interested in seeing a plan of a particular instrument, and especially if you have an instrument that could be used to create a new plan, please contact Tim.

Caveat emptor: Beware of instrument plans sold on ebay, as fraudulent copies of our copyrighted instrument plans are occasionally sold there. Besides being illegal copies, these forgeries are often unusable or incomplete. If you see a suspicious sale, please contact us. Thanks.