Guitarmaker Issue 121

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Front Cover

Woodstock Invitational Guitar Show

From the Director

Alton Acker

Shimala Guitars - The Quest for Beauty

Gary Brown

Vacuum Clamping for the Fledgling Luthier

Bill Sterling

Care & Feeding of the Vintage Friction Tuner

David Hanna

Northeast Guitar Expo Postponed

April's Northeast Guitar Expo advertised in Guitarmaker 119 is postponed until November 13, 2022. The Guitarmaker PDF was updated on March 31st.

Guitarmaker Is Now All-Digital

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All Guitarmaker Back Issues Now Available as PDF

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