Guitarmaker Issue 55

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Front Cover

Craig Sullivan

Cover photo of Sullivan's guitar he built for his son. Photo is a close up of the inlaid fretboard and shell rosette.

guitar, steel string; inlay

From the Editor

Jim Samuel

Upcoming issues o Guitarmaker will have more emphasis on the business side of luthiery.


From the Director

Bill Moll

Moll and Tom Ribbecke resign from the Board of Directors (Moll continues as Director). Call for nominations for a vote in June.


From the Web-Geek

Paul Dempsey

Dempsey asks for volunteers to help with the Guitarmaker Web site.


A Conversation Between Design and Materials Part I

Judy Threet

Threet shares her considerable inlay and design talent. This article gives her background and discusses chatoyance and engraving. Illustrated with very relevent examples of her own work. Part 1 of 4 from her Symposium 05 slide show. With 25 photos.

inlay; design

Geoff's Guitar

Craig Sullivan

7 photos of the Art Deco-inspired Malaysian Blackwood “Stetson Jumbo” Sullivan built for his son Geoff.

guitar, steel string; inlay

A Legacy Project

J.J. Donahue

Donohue got started in lutherie by restoring his deceased brother’s Rickenbacker. Now he has built 6 guitars for family members. With 1 photo.


Heel Block Push & Pull

Patrick DiBurro

DiBurro ressurects an imploded 12-string with the aid of a threaded spreader. Amazing. With 16 photos.

repair; guitar, steel string

It's Tax Time

David S. Bland

A list of some changes in the 2006 tax law.


120 Volt Electric Side Bending Blanket Controller

Jack Clark

How to build a temperature controller for a side-bending blanket. With 1 schematic and 7 photos.

tools, jig; tools, shop-built; electronics

String Theory (Part 1)

Ervin Somogyi

Subtitled “The Steel String Guitar for Dummies,” Somogyi gives a history of the steel sting guitar. Part 1 of 2. Part 2 is in issue 56.

Calculating String Spacing at the Nut

John Lord

Lord offers a spreadsheet to calculate equal distances between strings of different widths. With 2 tables.


The Somogyi Voicing Class

Ervin Somogyi

Somogyi outlines his 7-day class on voicing the guitar.

acoustics; soundboard; school

“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