Guitarmaker Issue 51

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Eye Candy

Ervin Somogyi

Cover photo: Uniquely embellished guitar by Ervin Somogyi



Chuck Erickson, David Hurd

Erickson (aka Duke of Pearl) gives his opinion on inlay and aesthetics in response to an article in Guitarmaker 49. With 1 photo. Hurd responds to the review of his book in Guitarmaker 50.

inlay; acoustics

Symposium Schedule and Info

Rick Davis

Schedule of events for the 2005 symposium.

symposium; event

ASIA Workbench

Rick Davis

Rick Davis steps down as ASIA director and Guitarmaker editor.

ASIA; Guitarmaker

The Famiglio Project

Ervin Somogyi

Somogyi describes a comission for an art guitar that includes carving and inlay on the upper bout. He descries his interraction with the client, the design process and the actual work of producing the guitar. With 5 photos.

inlay; guitar, steel string

The ASIA Challenge

Al Carruth

Carruth built two nearly identical guitars, one with traditional x bracing and one with symmetrical x bracing. He performed listening tests at the 2003 symposium, and later performed measurements on them. With 3 photos and 9 drawings.

acoustics; guitar, steel string

Testing 1-2-3

Al Carruth

Carruth describes the three acoustics tests he performson guitars, Chladni, impulse spectrum (bonk), and accelerance. With 4 photos.


Instruments by Bob Gleason

Bob Gleason

2 photos of Gleason’s double soundhole Mauna Loa model.

guitar, steel string

Instruments by Bill Moll, Judy Threet

Bill Moll, Judy Threet

2 photos of Bill Moll’s 8-string bass/baritone. 1 photo of three of Judy Threet’s inlaid headstocks.

inlay; guitar, archtop

Instruments by Shiraz Balolia, Rich Mermer

Shiraz Balolia, Rich Mermer

2 photos of Balolia’s “Web of Jewels” electric guitar. 2 photos of Rich Mermer’s “Morning Star” nylon string guitar.

guitar, electric; inlay; sound ports

Instruments by Ron Cook, Craig Lavin

Ron Cook, Craig Lavin

1 photo each of Ron Cook’s medieval fiddle and his “The Monk” dulcimer. 1 photo of a “Living Sea” headstock by Craig Lavin.

violin; dulcimer; inlay

Instruments by Brent McElroy, Bob Gernandt

Brent McElroy, Bob Gernandt

1 photo of McElroy’s walnut standard model. 1 photo each of Gernandt’s A-style mandolin and his cittern/mandocello.

mandolin; guitar, steel string

Instruments by Dan Levitt

Dan Levitt

2 photos of Levitt's ornate 5-string banjo.

banjo; inlay

The Colorado Luthiers

Mark Frazer

Frazier interviews Alan Dunwell, the founder of the Colorado Luthiers. With 3 photos.


Notched Linings

Jeff Babicz

Babicz unlocks the mysteries of notching kerfing for back braces. With 16 photos.

tools, jig; tools, shop-built

Shell Rosette Cutting and Shaping Technique

Marc Lupin

A jig and its use for cutting pearl rosette inlays. With 2 drawings.

tools, jig; tools, shop-built

Another Binding Rabbet Cutter

Steve Reynolds

A method for cutting the binding rabbet on a table mounted router. With 4 photos.

tools, jig; tools, shop-built

Tax Time for Luthiers

David Bland

Bland describes changes in the tax code for 2004.


“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