Guitarmaker Issue 103

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Front Cover

A very unusual turtleback guitar with an unknown maker; see the article on page 5.

From the Director

Alton Acker

Acker corrects the inaccurate proportions for mixing shellac published in Guitarmaker 101 and highlights areas in lutherie when using the metric system is easier, even for Americans. With 1 table.

errata; finishing

1926 Wahhburn Lyon & Healy Restoration

John Hall

Hall goes through all the steps he took to repair this well-used guitar, from neck reset to heel block work, and bridge replacement. With 9 photos.


Two Custom Guitars from Pennsylvania: A Mystery Worth Solving

Tom Morgan

Morgan describes in great detail the history (as he knows it) and aesthetics of the one-of-a-kind guitar on the cover and asks for help in discovering its maker. The second mystery has been solved by Dick Boak and is also covered in this article. With 7 photos.

guitar, acoustic

European Guitar Builders 2017 Symposium

Ernst Pozar

Pozar, who often attends the ASIA symposium from Austria, decided to attend the EGB symposium in 2017. Here is his trip report, complete with 9 photos.


Classes, Kits, or Parts?

Bill Sterling

How to logically approach building guitars when the decision to build guitars is not logical at all? Sterling tries, and recommends starting with a class, moving to a kit, then building your own from scratch. That approach worked for him. With 4 photos.

Making a Bridge Caul

Joel Watrous

Waltrous tells how he molds a resin caul for gluing oddly-shaped bridges that can’t be easily clamped. With 9 photos.

repair; bridge

Gibson TG3: Regluing a Loose Brace

Nate Clark

Clark reattaches a brace in situ on this Gibson tenor guitar. With 18 photos.

repair; bracing


Ellen Aulson

Aulson rebuts Gila Eban’s letter from Guitarmaker 102 and explains the purpose of the proposed ASIA outreach program.

Luthier Woods and Tonewoods

Michael Dixon

As Dixon prepares for retirement, he is making his stash of wood and tools available to ASIA members. With 19 photos but very few prices.


Uber, AirBnB, and Lutherie

Sam Thorp

Thorp introduces Fretish, a peer-to-peer business where players can discover and rent instruments from smaller builders. With 3 photos.


“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