guitars on display at an ASIA symposium
Discussing the importance of ASIA at a recent symposium.

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.


Website Status

Your are looking at the new ASIA website. It still needs a lot of polish, even after 140 hours of work. But here are some of the updates you can use today:

  • Color scheme and typography is more modern.
  • Menus have been streamlined, making it easier to find what you want.
  • Site works well on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones.
  • Member galleries have a new, modern look.
  • 20 book/video/tool review articles have been published for members to read online.
  • 54 Guitarmaker magazines have been turned into PDFs for members to read online. (If an issue isn't in the list, it is not yet online.)
  • 405 photographs have been enlarged and enhanced, creating emphasized photography throughout.
  • Homepage news articles are being published regularly.
  • You can find links to three of our long-time friends in the sidebar.
  • ASIA's new Pinterest boards can be accessed from our home page and pins are added regularly.
  • Commercial programs that underpin the site are now the latest versions.
  • HTTPS is implemented for greater security.
  • We upgraded to the new, simplified CAPTCHA on the contact form.

And here are some of the known shortcomings:

  • Pinterest and Facebook widgets work poorly on touch devices.
  • We still have to convert 46 Guitarmaker magazines to PDF.
  • Photography is not optimized for download speed.
  • The new store is incomplete.
  • The member geo-locating feature is incomplete.
  • Two posts that have links to back issues insist that you log in -- even though non-members are permitted to see all but the PDFs (menus work fine, though).
  • Guitarmaker issue 25 does not have a cover photo.

If you see any other problems, or have any comments, please get in touch.

Guitars, Rugs, Ukes—Oh My!

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!

Bill Collings—Rest in Peace

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

Getting Social

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!

Write for ASIA

Most Guitarmaker articles are written by our members and readers. New voices and new articles are welcome immediately. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your photos, articles, or ideas.

PDFs of Guitarmaker Magazine

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.

Issue 100 Is in the Mail

The latest Guitarmaker Magazine is in the mail. If you are a member, you may already have it. If not, you can read the table of contents on the Latest Issue 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