Guitarmaker Issue 90

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Front Cover

Greg Voros

The hands of Greg Voros, head of Gruhn Guitars repair department, doing what they do best.

From the Director

Alton Acker

Acker just returned from the Woodstock Invitational Luthier Showcase. From there he waxes on what to do about finding/buying guitar cases for the instruments he builds. With 2 photos.

Restoring a 1945 Martin D-45 Herringbone

John Hamlett

Hamlett steps us though a tricky repar of a worn-through soundboard on a valuable vintage instument. The repair consisted of finding a piece of spruce where the grain matches almost perfectly, countouring it to fit the hole, gluing it to the soundboard surface then planing it down is situ to thickness. With 43 photos, including a smiling owner.

repair; guitar, steel-string

Spray Gun Set Up and Technique

Brian Howard

Howard warns us of the health hazards of spray finishing then shows us how to properly set up and use an HLVP spray gun. Includes 12 photos, 1 diagram, and 3 pages of toubleshooting text.


Name the Luthier

Alton Acker

A photo of two luthiers from the archive. Can you identify them?


The Basic Setup as It Applies to a Need for an Industry Standard

Greg Voros

Voros describes an ideal basic setup for steel-string guitars (neck relief, action). He suggests that if all repair people follow these steps and adhere to them as a standard, the industry would be much improved. With 5 photos.

setup; repair; guitar, steel-string

Gluing Acoustic Loose Frets

Nate Clark

Clark uses superglue and a customized Stew-Mac “Jaws” fret clamping tool to remove fret buzz from a Larrivee LV10 guitar suffering from raised frets. With 19 photos.

setup; repair; fret; guitar, steel-string

Martha Carpenter, Portrait Artist

Martha Carpenter

Carpenter’s resume as an artist and her contact information. With 1 painting.


The Ten Jammandments

Robert Rosenberg and Charlie Hall

The ten commandments of jamming including “why we jam,” “unspoken rules of the jam,” and “what makes a great jam.” With 10 commandments.

“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