American Lutherie #108
Winter 2011

This issue’s cover shows steel string guitar bridges under construction in the shop of longtime GAL member Kent Everett, whose highly efficient and prolific one-man operation is legendary.

Photo by Kent Everett

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Workshop Evolution

from his 2011 GAL Convention lecture by Kent Everett

Kent Everett has worked in several different workshop spaces over his 35 years as a highly productive one-man operation. He walks us through the many changes and presents floor plans of six different workshops.

This issue’s cover shows steel string guitar bridges under construction in the shop of longtime GAL member Kent Everett, whose highly efficient and prolific one-man operation is legendary.

Photo by Kent Everett

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The back cover shows Kent Everett’s latest work.

Photo by Kent Everett

Meet the Maker: Stan Werbin

by Roger Alan Skipper

Stan Werbin started a guitar store called Elderly Instruments about the same time that the Guild of American Luthiers got going. He has become a major player in the vintage instrument scene and has been running a large and capable repair shop for decades. And he has consistently been a GAL member.

Inside the Elderly Repair Shop

by Roger Alan Skipper with Joe Konkoly

A lot of fine craftspeople have passed through the Elderly Instruments repair shop over the years. Joe Konkoly is the current head honcho. He shows us a few cool tools that the Elderly staff has devised, and then shows us a recent major mandolin restoration.

1982 D’Aquisto Nylon String Guitar

by James Condino

Jimmy D’Aquisto was well known for his archtop guitars, to say the least. But he also made other instruments, including three nylon-string flattops. James Condino had the chance to study one of them and make a full-scale plan drawing of it. GAL Instrument Plan #65.

GAL Instrument Plan #65: 1982 D’Aquisto Nylon String Guitar

Drawn by James Condino

Reduced plan image appears in article. For more information on the full-scale instrument plan, see GAL Instrument Plan #65.

Legend of the Veneer Saw

by Federico Sheppard

The really good veneer has always been sawn, not sliced. It's rare these days, and veneer saws are relics of the industrial revolution. But there are still a couple of shops in France producing highest-quality sawn veneer on antique equipment. Our intrepid globe-trotter Federico Sheppard sought them out and brings us a photo essay.

Salvador Ibáñez Guitar Restoration

by Sue Johnson

This is one of those eye-popping stories about the sins of hobbyist guitar “repairers.” Sue Johnson opens up a family heirloom to find Bondo and enormous solid linings under nailed-on back binding.

A Lower-Tech Ukulele Side Bender

by John Calkin

Calkin has been working out his bender chops for quite a while now both in his own work and as a part of the Huss & Dalton team. Here he shows us a form that is easy to make, and a simple process using a heat blanket, a couple pieces of sheet metal, a pistol-grip clamp, and a cheap thermometer.

Bridge Mask

by R.M. Mottola

Here’s an easy and reliable way to mask off the area of a soundboard where the bridge will eventually be glued. Mottola prints it on a peel-and-stick sheet, and includes useful marks for aligning it correctly to the fretboard.

Product Reviews

by Roger Alan Skipper

You want to cut clean and reliable neck dovetails with a router. Do you get the expensive aluminum jig, or the much more affordable plywood one? Skipper runs two commercial neck jigs through their paces. Read his detailed and lavishly illustrated review, then you decide.

Reviews

by John Calkin, and Michael Darnton

Reviews of Bogdanovich’s 10-DVD set on making a classical guitar; Everett’s DVD on setting up a steel string guitar; and that massive book on the conservation, restoration, and repair of stringed instruments. You know, the one from the Canadian arm of the International Pernambuco Conservation Initiative.

Questions

edited by R.M. Mottola

Should a solera be domed all the w ay to the edge? What is mastic? How much do chemists really know about classic Cremona varnish? What’s the tension of a set of gut guitar strings? Why are plastic binding strips too short? Is kiln drying bad? These questions and more are answered in this issue.

In Memoriam: Joseph Wallo

by Mike Ashley (with help from Robert England, Richard Brune, David LaPlante, and Charles Vega)

In 1962, Joe Wallo published a slim volume called “How to Make a Classic Guitar.” That makes him one of the granddaddies of the Lutherie Boom. Here’s a fond remembrance of a straight-shooting lutherie pioneer. Read his memoriam.