Guitarmaker Issue 50
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Cover photo: Woodcut of an artisan carving an instrument similar to a cuatro
Davis introduces Nadine Nelson as the new membership coordinator. The guitarmaker.org forum is up and running, and the new ASIA board is pursuing a wide range ofprojects and ideas to improve ASIA. Guitarmaker will have a member's photo gallery beginning with the next issue.
symposium; event; ASIA
Latin American Stringed Instruments
Cumipano explores the history and culture that resulten in the wonderful diversity of Latin American stringed insturments. Part 1 (part 2 in issue XXX). With 8 photos.
America's Forgotten Instruments
While researching for a book, Brooks uncovers the work of ethnomusicologist Sidney Robertson Cowell. From 1938 to 1940 she documented a tremendous variety of ethnic instruments (and music) in California. With 8 photos and 3 drawings.
The Stroh Guitar
Brief discription of the rare guitar with mechanical amplification. With 3 photos.
A Modern Harp Guitar
The author describes the design and construction of a modern version of the Gibson "U" Harp Guitar. With 3 photos.
In a quest to reinvent the guitar top, Ribbecke recounts the development of his "sound bubble" guitar to his flattop/archtop hybrid he calls the "hafling." With 9 photos.
guitar, archtop; guitar, steel string
Flying V Things
Erickson, enamored with Gibson's Flying V electric guitar decided do build a flying V lap steel guitar and a mandolin. The mandolin turned out to be a mandola, though. With 6 photos.
guitar, Hawaiin; Mandolin
Fields builds a Weissenborn for his son while making the case for the its aesthetic beauty, beatiful music and ease of playing. With 6 photos.
The European Mandolin
Brief history of European mandolins, their variety, and the current state of this style instrument. With 5 photos.
Tales from the Dimly Lit Side
Woe to the one who tries to do his customer a favor by cleaning his filthy guitar. With 1 photo.
Left-Brain Lutherie: Book Review
Davis reviews David Hurds book "Left-Brain Lutherie." Davis finds the concept interesting, but takes exception to the way the author supports his findings.
A Dulcimer Side Bender
Seeger built a heat-blankes side bender to improve the quality of his dulcimers. With 6 photos.
dulcimer; tools, shop built; tools, jig
The Garolite Fix
Ford uses a phenolic tube to reinforce a crack repair in a Jean Ritchie dulcimer. With 13 photos
Northern California Association of Luthiers
Burns offers tips for running a successful luthiery group. With 4 photos.