Guitarmaker Issue 29
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Cover photo of two American Acoustech dreadnought guitars.
Jay Darmstadtler, Phillipe Collard, John Calkin, Mark Pressling, Jesse Oelbaum, Dave Thormahlen, Timothy Rosenberg, Jerry Frazer
Darmstadter, Collard, Calkin, Pressling, and Oelbaum sing praises of the '95 symposium. Don't you wish you went? Thormahlen praises Bob Taylor's Shop Tooling column. Rosenbert seeks advide on starting a guitar making business. Dobro builder Frazier gives his bio and mentions his work on improbing dobros. With 4 photos.
symposium; guitar, resonator
Euphonon Co. looking for an experienced and mature craftsman
Sergei de Jonge, Gary Houston Price
Brief bios of deJonge and Price. With 1 photo.
Biography of Jay Darmstadter. With 1 photo.
Harshbarger seeks an apprenticeship.
The Acoustical Society of America publishes "Research Papers in Violin Acoustics, 1975-1993."
American Acoustech: A Domestic Builder Fills a Niche
How an American factory can compete with imports at the lower end of the guitar market. The article doesn't talk much about jigs, but there are some good photos. With 23 photos.
finishing; selling; business; tools, jig; shop
Tearing it Up: One Way of Making a Cutaway Guitar
The real cutaway--how Wells builds the body and removes the cutaway afterwards. With 15 photos.
process; guitar, steel string
Symposium '95: A Phot Essay
Captioned photo essay of the '95 Symposium. With 39 photos.
Keynote Address: Symposium '95
Carter describes all aspects on the perfect guitar. Now we all know what to aim for. With 2 photos.
Marketing Panel - Symposium '95 Part I
First part of a very enlightening panel discussion on marketing. Told from the perspective of large manufacturers to small hand builders, Each builder givew his background and perspective. Topics range from getting visibility and establishing a reputation to endorsements, wholesale vs. retail, and pricing. This comprehensive discussion is not to be missed (if you want to make any money). You need to also see Part II in issue 30.
How to get the most out of a shaper. Did you ever think of sawing with one? With 6 photos.
If I Had a Hammer
First part (of 2) of Dresdner's discussion on the scientific method and his example of determining a solution for glue/adhesives problems. With 1 graphic.
Fore & Aft Gallery
Pickerelli discusses his repair of a waterlogged Ken Smith bass. With 3 photos.
The Luthier's Workbench
Resetting a neck through a shoulder tuck. Loosen the back, tilt the neck the proper amount and reglue the back. With 8 photos.
Book Review: Electric Guitars and Basses: A Photographic History
Baldwin approves of the book, but think it gives inadequate treatment to guitars built after 1970.
Apitius Grand Classic Mandolin
Back cover photos of a beautiful F-style mandolin