American Lutherie #92
Winter 2007

Look familiar? Various instruments are in various stages of repair in the Colorado shop of Scott Baxendale.

Photo by C. John Rossi

This issue is out-of-print.

Building with the Spanish Solera

by Eugene Clark

Eugene Clark makes guitars the Spanish way: face down on a flat, scooped-out workboard. The tops are not spherical, and the neck is right in line with the blocks, not canted. Eugene takes us through the process and the philosophy, step-by-step.

Look familiar? Various instruments are in various stages of repair in the Colorado shop of Scott Baxendale.

Photo by C. John Rossi

This issue is out-of-print.

The back cover shows Scott and his shop reflected in the shiny back of a Baxendale & Baxendale cocobolo dreadnought, built by John.

Photo by C. John Rossi

Meet the Maker: Scott Baxendale

by Steve Wiencrot

Here’s the exterior of that same repair shop. Ad there is proprietor Scott Baxendale and his son John with two of their fine handmade guitars. Scott’s story is unusual, even for a luthier. I mean, how many people do you know who are trying to get Johnny Depp to star in their biopic?

This article appears in our anthology book Flattop Guitars 2.

Intonation in the Real World

by Mike Doolin

The little stars show the thirds in the chords, which are also the intonation trouble spots. Mike Doolin gives us the detailed lowdown on why we’ll never get them right. Hit the chord symbols to see the chart showing that those darn thirds are just wrong.

The Santur

by Javád Náini

Each culture seems to have its own permutation of the hammered dulcimer. Persia’s version, the santur, goes back a pile of centuries. Javad Naini fills us in and presents GAL Instrument Plan #56.

GAL Instrument Plan #56: Persian Santur

by Javád Náini

Reduced plan image appears in article. For more information on the full-scale instrument plan, see GAL Instrument Plan #56.

Meet the Maker: Stephen Sedgwick

by Jonathon Peterson

At age sixteen, British luthier Stephen Sedgwick came to a fork in the road of life. Would he be a psychologist, or a luthier? Wow, that was a close one! I’m happy to report he is firmly on board that harp-guitar freight train.

Brace Voicing Through the Access Panel

by Harry Fleishman

Mark Swanson brought his brand-new guitar to the 2006 GAL Convention, and offered to let Harry Fleishman get inside it and cut up the braces as a demonstration of voicing. Everybody ended up happy.

This article appears in our anthology book Flattop Guitars.

Grading and Curing Lumber

by Bruce Creps

In American Lutherie #91, Bruce Creps showed us his resawing procedure. This time, he follows it up by telling us what we need to know about curing and grading lutherie lumber.

Product Review: Zoom H4 Digital Recorder

by Harry Fleishman and Mark Berry

Harry Fleishman reviews the Zoom H4 digital audio recorder. So, did he test it out on a guitar? that would so predictable. He went to Bali and recorded the famous monkey chant dance.

Review: Shirazi’s Building the Kamanché

by Barbara Goldowsky

Barbara Goldowsky reviews Nasser Shirazi’s book on building the kamanché, a traditional Persian spike fiddle. We sell GAL Instrument Plan #9, you know.

It Worked for Me

by Allan Beardsell and Mike Foulger

Allan Beardsell came up with an elegant gizmo for making adjustable guitar necks.

In Memoriam: Victor Gardener

by Chris Dungey

Cello maker Chris Dungey remembers Victor Gardener, a self-taught maverick who made a lot of really good violins and cellos in his long life, and inspired a lot of aspiring young builders along the way. Read his memoriam.