Guitarmaker Issue 24
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Cover photo of three of Benedettos' finger planes sitting on one of his Guarnieri-style violins.
Bill Giebitz, Tom Mulhern, Dah Hoffman, David Hurd, Shane McElroy, Arif Verner, Larry Brooks, Russel Merz, Gary Motoro
Giebitz renews his membership. Mulhern sings praises to ukelele maker Bob Gleason. Hoffman and Merz sing praises to ASIA/Guitarmaker. Hurd contributes a not-to-be-missed rant against Guitarmaker, ASIA, and the Board of Directors. McElroy asks how he can advance the field of guitar making. Verner visits Spain (and he has an associated article in issue 25). Brooks enjoyed the ASIA dinner during NAMM. Mortoro thanks Robert Benedetto for helping him build his first archtop.
ASIA; Guitarmaker; event; guitar, archtop
Nick Luzac, Samo Sali, Alexander Pirogov
Luziak laments not being able to get supplies or information in Croatia. Sali is doing guitar research in Slovenia. Pirogov sends sketches of electric guitar designs.
Dick Boak, Matt Groenig
Board member Evan Davis' address was missing from the last directory, phone numbers were left off, and some unlisted numbers were listed. Includes a cartoon of Bart Simpson writing "I will not publish unlisted phone numbers" a hundred times on the blackboard.
Unchopping a Tree
W.S. Mervin, Dick Boak
How to put a tree back together after it has been cut down (hint: it is a lot of work). With 1 illustration
More Letters: Beware the Butcher and Fan Fret Concerns
Kitakis implores luthiers not to shave braces on old guitars. Marques claims that Ralph Novak's fan fret patent is invalid because the concept was used on Renaissance bandoras and orpharions. Novak responds. With 1 photo.
David LaPlante, Michael Dunn, John Calkin, John Jordan, Mark Hendrickson, Arthur Crow, Tony Pliedade, Ray Lynch
Each author talks briefly about his luthiery. Laplante's contribution is particularly interesting because he gives some details of a classical guitar he built with very unusual proportions and sound requirements. With 11 photos.
biography; guitar, nylon string
ASIA Insurance Update
Dick Boak, Roger Sadowsky, Daniel Schoenfeld, Russ Pampel
ASIA has been trying to get health and business benefits for its members. Success has been limited, but here are the results.
The writer (whose name has been lost) disagrees with John Gilbert's comments on the unimportance of soundboard silking in issue 23. This writer asserts that silking is an indicator of good quartering with is very important. Also see issue 25 for a follow-up to this follow-up.
Even More Letters: Waterbased Finishes and ASIA in the Information Age
David Berkowitz, Arnold Hennig, Debbie Suran
Berkowitz asks if anyone has had success with water based finishes. Suran and Hennig drag ASIA into the information with Compuserve and a computer-based bulletin board system (BBS).
Tips from Readers
A.B. Acker, Craig Carter
Acker provides a BASIC program for calculating fret distances. See issues 24 and 27 for comments and updates. With one listing and 1 table. Carter offers three ways you can detect runout in a soundboard. See issues 25 and 26 for comments and updates. With 3 illustrations (one of which gets corrected in issue 25).
A Short History of the Lace Sensor
Don Lace, Jr.
History of the Fender Lace Sensor (pickup) designed by Don Lace. We still don't know how it works, though. With 1 picture.
electronics; guitar, electric
A Call for the Standardization of Humidity Levels at Musical Instrument Dealerships
An open letter signed by 12 manufacturers calling for dealers to control the humidity in their stores.
Elasticity/Density in Softwoods
A table of elasticity and density of 11 softwood tonewoods.
Vintage Guitars for Sale
Bruce L. Ross
Ross provides asking prices for 4 vintage guitars he has for sale.
Banjo Mute That Works on Guitars
Geiger invents a banjo mute that reduces the instrument's volume (insert banjo joke here). The mute also works on guitars. With 2 drawings.
New Guitar and Bass Replacement Necks from Moses
Moses offers replacement graphte (carbon fiber) necks for electric guitars and bases. With 1 photo.
McMurdy recommends Terrco carving machines as used by Steven Gilchrist.
Carter has a limited number of pre-CITES Brazilian rosewood sets
Martin Sustainable Yield Prototype Guitars Featured in WARP/RISD Ecological Design Exhibition
Martin has experimented heavily with sustainable and reclaimed woods. Prototypes were put on display at the Rhode Island School of Design to educate dealers, consumers and employees. The article discusses the suitability of several woods and the requirements for various parts of an acoustic guitar. With 2 photos.
tonewood, tonewood, soundboard
Gibson Acquires Dobro
Gibson bought the Original Musical Instrument Co., manufacturer of the original dobro.
guitar, resophonic; Gibson
The Tim Poling Memorail Scholarship Fund
ASIA establishes a scholarship fund. This issue includes a grant application for up to $1000.
ASIA Summer Seminars
Grit Laskin holds an advanced inlay seminar. You could build a Telluride mandolin with Rick Turner & Michael Hornick. You can learn building, repair and restoration, fretting, sunburst finishing, and so on at the Great Northwoods. The article includes a dozen more options. Looks like a summer of opportunity. With 2 photos and 1 illustration.
Steven Gilchrist Interview
Reprinted from Nashville Music Quarterly, Lanham interviews Australia's premier mandolin maker. Gilchrist talks about his love for the mandolin and his history and philosophy as a builder. With 1 photo.
Bob Anderson, Frederik Gustafsson, Mark Soski
Anderson, a carpenter, offers to build a shop in exchange for an apprenticeship. Gustafsson and Soski are looking for careers in lutherie. With 1 photo.
The Lighter Side
Jim Olson is immortalized on an episode of the Simpsons and Mad Magazine goes unplugged. With 1 photo and 1 illustration.
Guitar Player's Repair Guide: How to Set Up, Maintain, and Repair Electrics and Acoustics
Dan Erlewine's excellent book adds 100 pages of goodness to its second edition. With 1 photo.
Three Guitars and a Harp
Ray Mooers, Walter Brogan, Jim Olson
Four photos: 1) Dusty Strings (Mooers) harp, 2) custom Martin for Steve Miller, 3) a Walter Brogan dreadnought, and 4) an Olson small jumbo.
harp; guitar, steel string