News & Updates

DIGITAL VERSION of the Spring issue is available now to 2024 members!

The digital version of the AL#151 is on our website now. Members should login and then find the link on the AL#151 preview page.

FREE Sample of our new digital version of
American Lutherie 

See how our new digital version of American Lutherie will work with this free sample of an out-of-print AL back issue. We’ll keep it on the site for a limited time, so anyone can see this new benefit of membership for current issues.


2023 Members - Renew now for 2024 and you’ll be all set for another great year of Guild membership! See our new publishing schedule and features for 2024.
Be sure to login first when you renew. If you’re having trouble with the login, see our helpful hints below.


We have a new publishing schedule for American Lutherie in 2024, with some new online features:
- American Lutherie will be published in print three times per year. You'll get our usual Spring and Summer issues, plus an extra-large issue for the Fall/Winter. Projected publication months will be March, July, and November.
- For the first time, current members will be able to view their new issues in a digital format on our website. All members in the USA and Canada will receive the print publication and have access to the digital version. Overseas members will have the option of a digital-only membership to avoid increased postage costs and delivery problems.
- The Articles Online feature of our website will see a significant increase in releases, including periodic large collections of great articles from our earlier journals. These will take the place of our printed American Lutherie Anthology book series. All members will have access to our rapidly-growing archive of Articles Online.

• Moving? Be sure to let us know ASAP through our contact form, and also file a forwarding order with your post office so your issue of American Lutherie will be forwarded to your new address if it’s already in the mail.

• Make sure we have your current email address, so you’ll get any updates, renewal reminders, and periodic newsy announcements, like upcoming issue previews.


• Please check our ordering info before you order for shipping times, and packaging options. We are not Amazon (duh!), and we use media mail, so shipping can take longer than you may be accustomed to. Some areas may still be experiencing delays due to lingering labor shortages, so please consider that when waiting for your order to arrive. If you have a question about your order, please contact us through our website contact form.


Our 23rd GAL Convention/Exhibition, held July 2023, was a huge success! See photos and more on our 2023 Convention page.

We marked 50 years of the Guild in 2022, and we’re still celebrating! See all sorts of fun history from our 20th and 40th anniversary, plus photos and more on our History page.


• An email with login info is automatically sent to you the first time you join or renew on our website. Check your spam folders if you don’t see the email when you join.

• Sometimes people are having trouble logging in because they are already logged in! If you have full access to the Articles Online, you are logged in. (Notice the “login” or “logout” in the upper right corner. If it says “logout”, it means you are currently logged in.) You can remain logged in if you like, since we don’t store credit card info on our site.

• If you forgot your password, you can request a reset using your email address or your user name. Your user name is usually your first and last name with a period between, no caps. (Example: John Luthier’s user name would be john.luthier)

• If you receive a GIFT MEMBERSHIP, the giver (buyer) will usually get the automatic login account. So have them forward you their login info, or remind us and we’ll set up a separate account for you. It won’t affect your membership either way, as we keep a separate database for our membership rolls.

• Be aware that the website login is not how we keep track of your membership. Just because you receive emails from us does not mean you have a login account. This hint mainly applies to long-time members who haven’t renewed on the new version of our website (after Aug 2019). If you don’t think you have a login account, one will be created for you when you renew, or write to us on our contact form and we’ll get you set up.

• If you still need help, just contact us!