Guitarmaker Issue 101

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Bill Collings in the shop


From the Director

Alton Acker

A reference to Bill Collings' symposium '91 talk, and a letter from Pat DiBurro with a shellac "pound cut" table. The shellac table is corrected in Guitarmaker 103.

memorial; finishing

Rosette Transplant on a 1965 000-28

Steven Kovacik

In order to preserve the look af a vintage Martin 000-28, Kovacik transplants the rosette from the original worn-out top to a new top. With 9 step photos.

repair; rosette; guitar, acoustic

Repairing a Cracked Gibson Adjustable Bridge

Kjell Croce

Croce, repairman at Elderly Instruments, repairs a cracked bridge on a '60s Gibson J45. With 14 step photos.

repair; bridge; guitar, acoustic

A Day at New York Guitar Repair

Evan Gluck

Gluck documents a typical day in his busy NYC repair shop. This day, he worked on wiring for a Hagstrom Viking bass, numerous setups, and a pickup upgrade in an Epiphone Casino. I'm tired just reading about all that he accomplished in a single day. With 20 photos.

repair; setup; guitar, electric

Dare to Repair: A Luthier's Guide to Vintage Stratocasters

Doug Holt

Heve you ever had to work on a vintage Stratocaster and wondered what repairs might do to the vallue of a collectible instrument? Be sure to read this article before tackling a vintage Strat. With 6 photos.

repair; guitar, electric

Teaching Basic Guitar Building

Bill Sterling

Sterling, in this transcription from his Symposium talk, gives us a good foundation for designing a class to teach guitar building. With 6 photos and a skills checklist for use when creating a class.



Lloyd; Tyler Wells; Tom Morrissey

Lloyd has a rosewood desk for sale that a builder could harvest the rosewood from. Wells shares his opinion of potential ASIA scholarships. Morrissey talks about the symposium and weighs in with his ideas on future direction for ASIA (see other opinions in Guitarmaker 102 and 103).

tonewood; school

Woodstock Invitational Showcase

Alton Acker

Acker talks about the upcoming Luthier's Showcase and Tonewood Festival in Woodstock. With 7 photos.

Vintage Martin Refret Without Replacing the Original Frets

Nate Clark

Clark resets the neck on a 1946 Martin D-18, then removes the frets to address a hump at the body joint. Then he refrets the guitar with the original frets to maintain the vintage look. With 22 step photos.

repair; fret; neck

GluBoost MasterTint Color Additives

Alton Acker

Acker reviews GlueBoost's color additives.


“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