Guitarmaker Issue 82

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Front Cover

David Ayers

Beautiful cherry-burst electric by luthier David Ayers. See more in the Fledgling Luthier Showcase.

guitar, electric

From the Director

Alton Acker

Bear mentions ASIA president David Nichols’ surgery and recuperation, then follows up with the travails of government legislation on CITES, Lacey and other tonewood laws that affect ASIA members. With 1 photo.

CITES; Lacey

Creation of Sound Ports in Guitar Sides

Bob Mizek

Mizek details his approach for installing soundports in guitar sides. It involves a special clamping fixture, templates and a plunge router. If you are considering sound ports, this is a must read. With 15 photos.

sound ports

15 Minutes for a Neck Reset

Frederick Leroux

Leroux shares his unique method for attaching a bolt-on neck that can be reset in 15 minutes. With 8 photos.

Making Bridge Blanks

John Hall

A completely detailed method for making Martin-style bridges. With 21 photos.

Unique Projects in Lutherie

Jack Clark

Clark uses knowledge gained from reading “Cigar Box Guitars” to build a ukulele from a Mouton Cadet wine box. With 8 photos.

Fledgling Luthier Showcase

Jack Clark

The acoustic and electric guitars of David Ayers. With 5 photos.

biography; guitar, electric

Alan Carruth Ultimate Scrapers (and Other Reviews)

Jack Clark

Clark reviews Alan Carruth’s “Ultimate Scrapers” DVD, new sandpaper from 3M and Diablo, Stew-Mac videos on spray finishing and sunbursting. With 6 photos.

CITES/Lacey Q&A Part 2 from 2011 Symposium

Transcribed by Nadine Nichols

Nadine Nichols’ transcription of the Q&A session of the CITES/Lacey presentation from the 2011 Symposium. 10 pages of dialog.


“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