American Lutherie #107
Fall 2011

This issue’s cover shows hundreds of happy luthiers at the GAL’s recent 20th Convention in Tacoma, Washington. Were you there? Follow the above link for tons more pictures.

Photo by Brian Stone

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Lutherie: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow


from his 2011 GAL Convention lecture by R.E. Bruné

R.E. Bruné knows a thing or two about the lutherie biz, having been in it since the ’60s. He gives a quick review of how we (we instrument makers in the northern European tradition, that is) got here; what’s our current situation here in the purported Golden Age of American Lutherie; and how it is all going to hell in a handbasket thanks to the Lacey Act.

This issue’s cover shows hundreds of happy luthiers at the GAL’s recent 20th Convention in Tacoma, Washington. Were you there? Follow the above link for tons more pictures.

Photo by Brian Stone

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This issue’s cover shows hundreds of happy luthiers at the GAL’s recent 20th Convention in Tacoma, Washington. Were you there? Follow the above link for tons more pictures.

Photo by Brian Stone

Constructing a Double Bass, Part 2: Inspired by a 1760 Giovanni Baptiste Gabrielli

from his 2004 and 2006 GAL Convention workshops by Géza Burghardt

Géza completes the process of making a bass viol the old fashioned way. Article includes reduced images of the GAL’s full-scale plan of the instrument. GAL Instrument Plan #64.

GAL Instrument Plan #64: Double Bass inspired by a 1760 GB Gabriellin

by Geza Burghardt

Reduced plan image appears in article. For more information on the full-scale instrument plan, see GAL Instrument Plan #64.

Meet the Maker: George Gruhn

by Roger Alan Skipper

George Gruhn is the King of the Vintage Guitars (and Mandolins and Banjos.) Everybody knows that his shop actross the street from the Grand Ol Opry’s Ryman Auditorium is the place to be for fine old American guitars. Our man Roger takes an inside look at the Gruhn operation, getting the lowdown on George’s college career in animal psychology, his history as an instrument designer, and his extensive repair department.

Cheap Machines: Drill Press

by John Calkin

If you are starting a lutherie shop, a drill press is one of the first things you should get. And you don’t need an expensive one. Calkin likes ’em old, dirty, and cheap. And he shows us a bunch of basic operations that get the work done fast.

Product Reviews

by Roger Alan Skipper

Our reviewer looks at two fancy, flexible decorative purfling materials; Purflex®, a chain of intricately carved wood purfling segments, and ZipFlex®, a bendable abalone strip.

Reviews

by Tom Harper and David Wiebe

Harper reviews “Hand Made Hand Played” an ambitious picture book of guitars. And speaking of ambitious projects, Wiebe reviews “When Trees Sing” Peter Prier’s set of fifteenth DVDs covering the entire process of making a violin.

It Worked for Me

by Jon Simpson and Mark Roberts

Use packing tape as a backing for sandpaper. Make a minimal mounting for a buffer and hang it on the wall between sessions.

Questions

edited by R.M. Mottola

Mastic for inlay; beveled arm rests; mounting archtop pickups; allergic to wood; brace stiffness; mahogany guitar soundboards.