Guitarmaker Issue 53

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Front Cover

Don Williams

Cover photo of Don Williams’ rosewood steel string guitar (more photos in Eye Candy section).

guitar, steel string

From the Editor

Jim Samuel

Samuel’s health care company was seriously affected by Hurricane Katrina, and he plans to help luthiers plan for the worst in future issues of Guitarmaker.


From the Director

Bill Moll

Moll discusses the production of Guitarmaker and some of the articles in the current issue. With 1 photo.

ASIA, Guitarmaker

Smoke and Mirrors - Part 2

Harvey Leach

Leach continues the series with tips on how to get various shades by choosing your material carefully, and how to get smoke, fog, and mirror effects with thin shell veneers. With 6 photos.


Don William’s Steel String Guitar

Don Williams

2 photos of a Williams steel string guitar.

guitar, steel string

Gabriel Hoffman’s Electric Guitar

Gabriel Hoffman

2 photos of a Hoffman ebony electric guitar.

guitar, electric

An Ovation Top Replacement

Patrick DiBurro

DiBurro shares his technique for replacing a soundboard without allowing the body to change shape, or requiring refinishing the side of the guitar. With 12 photos.


The Fingerboard Radius System

Craig Holden

Holden describes his commercially available radiusing jig which uses a router. With 5 photos.

tools, jig; tools, shop-built

Building a Drum Thickness Sander

Mark Roberts

Roberts detailed how he built a hand-feed drum thickness sander. He gives sources for special items. With 11 photos.

tools, jig; tools, shop-built

Healdsburg 2005

Gabriel Hoffman

23 photos from the Healdsburg Guitar Festival


John Hall at Nazfest

John Hall

Blues Creek Guitars displays at the annual gathering of Martin Guitar Enthusiasts. With 2 photos.


Understanding Guitar Setups

Neil Harrel

What is a setup, why do even new guitars need it, and what are the steps in doing a good setup?


From the Web-Geek

Paul Dempsey

An overview of the ASIA Web site features, with specifics on how to log on. With 4 screen captures.


“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