Guitarmaker Issue 100

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Front Cover

David Nichols

David Nichols' "Fifty Year Guitar"

inlay; guitar; acoustic

From the Director

Alton Acker

Bear reflects on his 8 years producting Guitarmaker and the symposiums, culminating in this 100th issue.

Vintage 45 Body Pearl Installation

John Hall

Hall goes into great detail on how to install the complex pearl purfling seen on a Martin 45-style guitar. With 44 step photos.

Intro to CNC

Randy Johnson

Johnson's workshop from the 2013 ASIA Symposium gives a great overview into CNC workflow while answerng the question "Is it cheating?" With 6 photos and 3 screen captures.

Getting a Martin Out of a Bind

Nate Clark

Clark repairs a Martin D28 with binding that has come loose. With 13 step photos.

repair; guitar, acoustic

Gluboost Product Evaluation and Review

Alton Acker

Acker reviews the Gluboost family of cyanoacrylate products (glues, ding fillers, etc.).


Whispers from the Soundhole

David Kriesel

Kriesel prefers to use this three-hole technique to steam the neck off for a reset. With 7 step photos.

repair; guitar, acoustic

Electric Guitar Pickup Basics

Roger Sadowsky

Sadowsky goes over the basics of electric guitar pickups including a Charlie Christian, P-90, single-coil and humbuckers as examples. With 4 photos and 1 drawing.

guitar, electric; pickup

The 50th Year Guitar

Alton Acker

While Acker Celebrates the 100th issue of Guitarmaker, he highlights another great milestone in David Nichols amazing 50th year guitar. With 5 photos.

inlay; guitar; acoustic

Memories from 2015 Symposium

Alton Acker

6 photos celebrating some special moments at the 2015 symposium.


“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