Guitar Makers' Organizations, Journals and Resources

Guild of American Luthiers -

American Lutherie is a unique journal in that it contains interviews, news, pictures, adventures, research, opinion, and how-to information, all of specific interest to the maker and repairer of string instruments. Sharing lutherie information is what the Guild is all about, and American Lutherie is this organization's primary vehicle for accomplishing that goal. Each seventy-page issue is packed full of information, photos and diagrams. Current issues are available only to current GAL members. American Lutherie is published quarterly at the end of March, June, September, and December.

Association of String Instrument Artisans -

The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) was established in 1988 to help provide a sense of community and professionalism to the field of stringed instrument making and repair. The goals of the association include the establishment of a comprehensive database of resources, supplies and technical information, a means of providing multi-level education within the profession, assistance in marketing and promotion, and the publication of informative newsletters and journals. A.S.I.A. publishes the quarterly journal Guitarmaker, a magazine for builders and repair technicians. Each issue contains a variety of topics for working luthiers.

American Musical Instrument Society -

The American Musical Instrument Society is an international organization founded in 1971 to promote better understanding of all aspects of the history, design, construction, restoration, and usage of musical instruments in all cultures and from all periods. The membership of AMIS includes collectors, historians, curators, performers, instrument makers, restorers, dealers, conservators, teachers, students, and many institutional members.


French Polishing: A Hands on Tutorial by Orville and Robert Milburn

This is a detailed step by step article on how to apply a French polish of shellac finish to a guitar.


Allied Lutherie -

Offers a large selection of tone woods for making classical guitars.

Luthiers Mercantile -

Offers a large selection of tone woods for making classical guitars.

Stewart-MacDonald -

Offers a large selection of tools for making classical guitars.


Musical Instrument Makers Forum (MIMF) -

On-line instrument making courses (fee required) and discussion groups.

David Schramm -

Classical guitar, Segovia's 1937 Hauser using GAL Plan #33, limited enrollment; interactive.