Guitarmaker Issue 42

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Learning Lutherie: Students and Teachers in the Workshop

Mandolin Orchestra in cap and gown


Hanging out Your Shingle as a Luthier, or, Luthier, Defined

Ervin Somogyi

Somogyi defines a luthier as someone who builds an entire instrument by himself. The author excludes teamwork (factory work), but allows for several different models of cooperation. He finishes with a list of essential skills/knowledge for one to call himself a luthier.


Becoming a Luthier

Jamon Zeiler

The author and his wife quit their jobs, sold their house, and went to luthiery school. Zeiller has been enjoing life as a luthier for eight years. With 2 photos and 1 drawing.

business; school

Custom Pearl School of Inlay

Sandra Burkholder

Burkholder attends Dave Nichols' 5-day inlay course. She describes each day in detail. With 24 photos.

inlay; school

Guitarmaking: From Zero to One

Kenny Hil

The best way to learn a subject is to teach it. Hill finds teaching also to be a satisfying calling in its own right. Hill has taught in prisons and at the American School of Luthiery. Each venue had its own benefits. With 10 photos.


Apprenticeships, Part II

Ervin Somogyi

In this installment, Somogyi describes the day-to-day interaction he experiences with his apprentices.

business; apprentice

Guitar Destiny

Keith Amos

At 37, Amos trained for a new career in lutherie by attending Bryan Galloup's School of Lutherie. With 5 photos.


A Tale of an Aspiring Luthier

Sam Guidry

Guidry realized that his desire to be a professional musician was a pipe dream, but needed a career in music. He enrolled in a two-month course at Bryan Galloup's School of Lutherie. After the class, he became an apprentice at Galloup Guitars, then a full-fledged employee. With 5 photos.

school; apprentice

Symposium 2001 & 2nd Annual Guitarmaker's Festival: Information & Registration

Rick Davis

Description of events and registration form for the upcoming Symposium 2001 and the 2nd Annual Guitarmaker Festival.

symposium; event

Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

William Eaton

History of this long-running successful school including philosophy and the people who have made important contributions Descibes the curriculum and teaching methodology. With 25 photos.


Guitarmaking at Roberto-Venn

Brian Goode

Goode describes wat the student learns during the steel string class. With 8 photos.


Blending the Old and New: The Networked Apprentice

Zach Taylor

People learn to make guitars in many ways. With limited funds, Taylor started with a Martin kit and books. After completing two guitars, he became a short-term apprentice with George Morris. So far he has completed five guitars. With 2 photos.


Custom Guitars: A Complete Guide to Contemporary Handcrafted Guitars

Mike Longworth

Longworth approves, but too many builders are missing. He says, "do it again, and again, and again." With 1 photo.

book; review

CAD for Lutherie: An Introduction

R.M. Motolla

Entry-level discussion of two dimesionsl (2D) computer-aided design (CAD) including terms and definitions, how to use CAD for luthiery tasks, and some tips about choosing software. Gives a detailed example of laying out a fretboard. With 14 drawings.


Adventures in CAD

Mark Hickler

Hickler used Delta CAD Pro 4.0 to improve the quality of his banjos. He later switched to QuickCad for more capability. With 6 drawings.

CAD; banjo

Interview with Tom Ellis

Mark Hickler

Hickler interviews Tom Ellis of Precision Pearl Inlay. Ellis discussed his history in luthiery, how he got started in inlay, and the process for computer numerically controlled (CNC) inlay. Ellis says DesignCad draws beautiful curves better than other CAD programs he's tried.

CAD; CNC; inlay; interview

Replacing a Grammer Neck

Neil Harrel

When presented with a Grammer with a two-piece neck, this repairman tackles building his first neck from scratch With 8 photos.


Music, Business, and the Law

Sylvan Wells

Wells, a lawer as well as a luthier, discusses trademark and copyright issues.

business; law

Obituary: Scott Chinery

Obituary for renound guitar collector and luthier benefactor.


“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