Many people know Guitarmaker Magazine, the Journal of ASIA. But ASIA—the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans—is more than a magazine. We host a biennial symposium, help builders market their instruments, and help luthiers, players, and collectors to learn more about stringed instruments.
We hope you enjoy the latest news presented below.
If you can't make a living building stringed instruments, should you add weaving to your repertoire? It seems to be working for Salt Bay Trading in Newcastle, Main. Next time you travel up US 1 in Maine, stop in and give us a report!
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Bill Collings on July 14 2017. His contributions to guitarmaking were many. A true giant in our industry, Bill had a rascally and amiable personalty and he left behind many friends. He was a recognized genius at developing tooling, and the quality of the many instruments bearing his name speak for themselves. His standards were high and his execution as a luthier was impeccable. Few have made a greater impact on our craft than Bill Collings. RIP
ASIA is becoming more social. Did you know that we have had a Facebook page for 2 years? Now you can see ASIA’s Facebook stream by hovering your mouse (or tapping on a phone/tablet) the blue Facebook tab on the right edge of the home screen. Like us on Facebook and share what is happening in your shop!
We also have a brand new Pinterest page where will share inspirational photos of instruments, tools, and techniques from around the Internet. You can see our Pinterest feed by using the red Pinterest tab on the right edge of the home screen.
The Facebook and Pinterest widgets we use today don't work that well on phones and tablets, but we will continue to experiment as we improve this website. Your Comments are always welcome!
As of June 2017, we no longer sell back issues of Guitarmaker magazine. We are, however, working diligently to get the entire archive converted to PDF for members to read online. You can access the PDF archive on the Back Issues page.
“ASIA is an organization where you not only grow your skills, but grow your extended family. I have met so many wonderful, knowledgeable people through this organization.” ~Michael Dickinson, Martin Guitar