American Lutherie #88
Winter 2006

No, it’s not a Jack-o-lantern, it is a double-top guitar made by Randy Reynolds. An inspection light is shining through the spruce top, revealing the soundboard construction and the bracing pattern.

Photo by Randy Reynolds

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The Universal Vacuum Island

by Randy Reynolds

Randy Reynolds shows us step-by-step how he builds a double-top guitar soundboard out of layers of spruce and Nomex honeycomb.

No, it’s not a Jack-o-lantern, it is a double-top guitar made by Randy Reynolds. An inspection light is shining through the spruce top, revealing the soundboard construction and the bracing pattern.

Photo by Randy Reynolds

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The back cover shows a Reynolds Brazilian rosewood back in process. The radial bracing pattern was inspired by a 1986 AL article by Gila Eban.

Photo by Randy Reynolds

The Imperator: Revisiting the Lyra Guitar

by Alain Bieber

Alain Bieber looks at the history of the lyra guitar and places it in the context of the neoclassical fad of Napoleonic Europe. He built a lyra guitar of his own design, and he reports encouraging results.

The Universal Vacuum Island

by Charles Fox

Lutherie legend and jigmeister supremo Charles Fox is a true believer in vacuum for holding guitar bodies and gluing things together. He describes his vacuum island, a self contained unit that can function in even a tiny lutherie shop.

Meet the Maker: Benoît Meulle-Stef

by Jonathon Peterson

Jon Peterson interviews French harp-guitar maker and scholar Benoît Meulle-Stef.

Rapid Prototypes of the Flattop Guitar

by R.M. Mottola

Would you believe that you could slap together a quadrangular guitar with a screwed-on back and a Formica top, and actually learn something about what a spruce-topped, curvaceous guitar of that size would sound like? R.M. Mottola says that you can, and that it is an efficient and effective R+D technique.

Meet the Maker: José “Pepito” Reyes Zamora

by Fred Casey

José “Pepito” Reyes Zamora is a leader in the movement to restore the Puerto Rican tiple to its former level of cultural prominence. Fred Casey travels to Puerto Rico to meet him.

A Different Way of Defining Body Shapes

by Mark French

If you are a big, powerful CNC milling machine, “numerical” is your middle name. And those numbers have to come from somewhere. Math prof Mark French shows us how they might profitably come from equations graphed on polar coordinates.

Product Review: Klumper tools

by John Mello

John Mello reviews the edge vise, head slotter, and rosette cutter from Chris Klumper’s Luthier Tool Company.

Lutherie Under Glass

by Ervin Somogyi

A group of luthiers in Northern California were invited to mount an informative display in a public art gallery space consisting of a long set of windows on a city street. Ervin Somogyi tells us all about it.

It Worked for Me

by Paul Hill and Marco Del Pozzo

Make your own sanding blocks to any radius. Marco Del Pozzo shows us how in this time’s “It Worked for Me” column.

In Memoriam: Ted Beringer

by Bruce Harvie

Long-time GAL member Ted Beringer recently passed away. He was making guitars when we baby boomers were in diapers. We offer a fond remembrance by wood dealer Bruce Harvie. Read his memoriam.