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The discussion forums listed below
are for luthiers and guitarists
who wish to share technical information, experiences and advice related to instrument repair or
building. A wonderful resource for the technically minded!
Acoustic Guitar Central - Luthiers' Corner
A special place for luthiers, makers, and menders to meet
and swap ideas, tips, lies, and folklore about stringed
instruments. Everyone is welcome, but posts
must be related to the technical aspects of instrument repair or
building, and related techniques.
ASIA Luthier Discussion Forum
The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.)
was established in 1988 to help provide a sense of community and
professionalism to the field of stringed instrument making and
repair. Join the ASIA discussion forum to share luthier-related
Musical Instrument Makers Forum
An interactive forum for the discussion of musical instrument
design, construction, and repair. For the last eight
years, MIMF has been one of the premier sites for instrument
builders. The forum welcomes builders of all instruments at any
skill level from beginner to expert.
13th Fret Lutherie Forum
Discussion forum at 13thFret.com
covering four lutherie categories: Setup & Repair Issues;
Tonewood, Construction & Finishing Issues; I Built This Guitar;
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Instrument Makers &
Gryphon Stringed Instruments
Frank Ford and Richard Johnston, Gryphon's initial focus was
on building and repairing instruments. In 1973 they opened a
the Gryphon storefront, and quickly became the San Francisco
Bay areas leading source of mandolins, banjos, and acoustic
guitars. Although this put an end to luthiery, they have
since built an awesome reputation for providing lots of
information about their products, with the expert ability to repair
and maintain what they sell.
Based in Adelaide Australia, Jim
Redgate has built guitars since 1984. He holds a Bachelor of
Music Performance in Classical Guitar from the Elder
Conservatorium and is an accomplished player. This enables him
to competently evaluate the guitar from a players perspective,
which is a rare skill among luthiers. Jim Redgate's
workmanship is impeccable and his wood working skill,
Daisy Rock Guitars build guitars specifically
designed for female guitar players. The
guitars have slimmer necks than standard
guitars, making playing easier for people with smaller hands.
Daisy Rock guitars are also lightweight and contoured for
comfort so they won't overpower those with a small build.
Highest quality Fender-style guitars from New York City.
In 1979, Roger Sadowsky opened his shop with seven years of
guitar-making and repairs under his belt. The business
has grown over the years, and now has a dedicated crew of
professionals who share Roger's passion for making exquisite
guitars and basses.
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are links to sites where you can purchase luthier supplies
on-line. Products include the woods, supplies and tools
used by guitar makers, in fact everything needed for building
and repairing stringed instruments.
Specialising in wood, supplies and tools for the guitar
builder. Knowledgeable staff available to recommend
woods, parts, tools and instructional materials to make any
project successful. They also offer numerous services to
assist with those procedures you're not geared to do yourself.
Recently joined by the wonderful Frank Ford (from Frets.com)
as chief luthier.
Stewart-MacDonald has the hard-to-find tools, parts, and
supplies needed by builders and repair shops. With a staff of
experienced luthiers, they also design and manufacture tools
specifically for the needs of professional instrument makers
and repair shops. Their manufacturing shop in Ohio also
creates instrument kits of particularly high quality.
was formed in 2000 by Todd Taggart, former president of LMI,
and a founder of The Luthier’s Mercantile —this year marks 26
years in the lutherie supply business. Supplying woods,
tools, and parts as well as educational associations and
resources for budding luthiers.
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If you are seeking advice, tips or
information that is technical in nature, you'll find a wealth of
good quality help from the links below.
Luthier Technical Q & A
Frequently asked questions as well as specific problem solving.
Responses by Frank Ford and a panel of five expert luthiers.
links and information
about parts, materials, repairs, structural issues, finishing,
woods, etc. Covers the guitar, banjo, ukulele, harp and
mandolin. Over 1,200 pages and 10,000 photographs from the wonderful Frank Ford at Frets.com.
Notes From an Amateur Luthier
Kathy Matsushita has
documented the process of building a guitar from a kit,
including basic tools and tools of the trade pages. She's built
several more guitars since, and has posted information about
tools, jigs, methods, etc. Be sure to explore her pages
thoroughly so you don't miss anything. A wonderful site, more
useful than many sites put up by the pros!
David Schramm's free online classical guitar
building course. This was available as a free interactive
15-month course to the first 60 people who signed up. The
course is full, but the rest of the world can still audit.
Lessons are being posted according to the schedule posted at the
website and are reasonably up-to-date.
MIMF Links Page
The Musical Instrument
has links to over 400 pages on
acoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, violin making,
dulcimer making, mandolin building, and all other types of
lutherie. Also includes pickup making, winding, and
rewinding; flute, recorder, and bagpipe making; brass instrument
building and repair; drum making; experimental musical
instruments construction and design. There are also pages
on woodworking, metalworking, and guitar finishing and
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