Guitarmaker Issue 97

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Front Cover

James Condino

Bass repair photo from James Condino's Symposium 2015 workshop.

From the Director

Alton Acker

Acker memorializes long-time ASIA member Bernard F. "Bud" Wilkes. With 1 photo.


Working With Northeastern Hardwoods

Kevin LaDue

LaDue builds instruments from locally available hardwoods, not out of moral righteousness, but because they sound and look good! Use of local wood also gives him a story to share for each guitar he makes. With 18 photos. Be sure to see LaDue's ASIA gallery page.

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I get Some of My Best Tools from the Kitchen Store

Mike Mahar

It is amazing how many kitchen items are useful to a luthier, from old kitchen cabinets to waxed paper. With 18 photos, and even more ideas.

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A Few of My Favorite Tools

Alton Acker

Acker shows a host of his favorite hand tools: planes, knives, pencils, chalk, saws, squares, and much more. See if you don't find a new favorite in here. With 47 photos!

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Evan Gluck

Gluck details his overwhelmingly positive experience with ASIA, the symposiums, and other luthier events. With 3 photos.


Gibson Pickup Ring Stripped Screw Removal

Nate Clark

Clark uses a Torx T7 bit as a screw extractor along with some elbow grease. With 13 photos.

repair;guitar, electric;tools, hand

Finding the Neck Angle

Sylvan Wells

One technque to set the neck angle is to sand down the upper bout before assembly. But it is difficult to know if you have the angle right unless you use Wells' tip and the jig he developed. With 2 photos.

guitar, acoustic;tools, jig

“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