Guitarmaker Issue 43
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Back in the Shop: Guitarmaker Shop Circa 1925 and 2001
Split view of a guitar factory from 1925 and one from 2001.
Call for new members, why the symposium will change venues for 2003, suggestion for creating a CDROM of member's work. A lengthy article on the Music Maker Relief Foundation, an nonprofit dedicated to helping pioneers and forgotten heroes of southern musical traditions. A recommendation for "The Ragtime Ephemeralist."
ASIA; symposium; event
Rob Shoemaker, Linda Manzer
Shoemaker disagrees with an article in issue 42 that implied Autocad is the only relevant CAD program and recommends two easier alternatives. Manzer responds to "sexist" language in Ervin Somogyi's article in issue 42.
Andre Sandi, John Catches
Santi introduces herself and shares 2 photos of her latest electric guitar. Catches introduces himself and shares a photo of himself and 2 photos of a guitar in progress.
Remembering Scott Chinery
Bob Benedetto, Bill Comins, Theo Scharpach, Steve Grimes, Linda Manzer
Each author reminisces about renound guitar collector and luthier benefactor. With 2 photos.
25 Years and all that Jazz: Borys Guitars
Bio of Roger Borys and his opinion (positive) on laminated archtop guitars.With 2 photos.
biography; guitar, archtop
Laminatint Archtop Plates with Borys
28 captioned photos of Borys making a laminated archtop body.
The Killer Banjo
Design and construction of a maple 5-string electric "banjo" with humbuckers and a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. With 4 photos.
banjo; guitar, electric
Beardsell discuss the benefits of his carved archtop, solid body electric-acoustic guitar. With 3 photos.
Articulating Spray Arm
Dingwall explains the design and construction of his fixture for holding a guitar during spray finishing. With 7 photos.
tools, shop-built; tools, jig
Ask Dr. Dovetail
Funny letters to the editor and his funnier answers.
CAD & Lutherie, Part II: Designing the Outline of a Guitar Body
Mottolla uses DeltaCad to design an acoustic guitar body outline. He also discusses using scripts for automating things like drawing a fretboard. With 13 screen shots.
Building a Humidity Booth
Harrell describes the inexpensive humidity-controlled booth in his shop. With 4 photos.
Static Cling: Non-Adhesive Pick Guards
Sheppard uses vinyl cling film from a sign shop to make temporary, replaceable pick guards. With 1 photo.
A Simple Idea
Laskin uses a low pressure air hose strapped to his finger to keep his cutting line visible. With 2 photos.
My Favorite Thing
Mermer describes how he makes his signature turquoise-chip rosettes. With 3 photos.
My Favorite Tool
Borges extolls the virtues of gage blocks for setting out nut-slot spacing. With 5 photos.
tools, hand; nut
Installing a Charlie Christian Pickup
Wilson, a Charlie Christian fan describes the merits (and limitations) of the unique Charlie Christian pickup, then proceeds to install it in a custom archotp from Heritage Guitars. With 4 photos.
pickup; electronics; guitar, archotp; Christian, Charlie
Davis finds that Microplanes work well and speed shaping of guitar necks. With 5 photos.
The author reviews and recommends the Schneider Glue-Clearing Chisel. With 2 photos.
Davis reviews the museum catalog from Boston Museum of Fine Arts "Dangerous Curves" art-guitar exhibit. Although not a lutherie book, he recomends it to anyone who "aspires to make instruments that are also great art." With 1 photo.
Measures of Success
Sheppard discusses the human side of business with regard to personal success, motivation and satisfaction. He covers topics such as integrity, winning atitude, initiative, discipline, focus, leadership, and long-term thinking.
Luthier Guilds on a Local Level
The author tells how and why he started the Midwest Luthiers Guild, how it works today, and how you can start a local group of your own. With 5 photos and a short list of local/regional groups.