Links of Interest for Luthiers

ORGANIZATIONS

Guild of American Luthiers, GAL – The Guild is a nonprofit, tax-exempt educational organization, formed in 1972 to advance the art and science of string instrument making and repair, through an open forum of information exchange. GAL publishes a quarter magazine “American Lutherie” and organizes a national luthier convention.

Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans, A.S.I.A.  – The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (ASIA) was established in 1988 to help provide a sense of community and professionalism to the field of stringed instrument making and repair. ASIA publishes the quarterly journal “Guitarmaker” and organizes a national symposium and exhibition.

ONLINE INFORMATION RESOURCES

Musical Instrument Makers Forum MIMF – The Musical Instrument Makers Forum is an interactive forum for the discussion of musical instrument construction, design and repair; welcoming builders of all instruments at any skill level from expert to wannabe.

Frets.com - Frank Fords incredible site. Every thing about repairs and guitars. Lots of solid information.

Hoffman Guitar - An accomplished Luthier Charles Hoffman's site has some excellent articles on guitar building.

Kathy Matsushita - A delightful "Amateur Luthier" site with lots of neat links.

Ukuleles by Kawika - Mentor to our member Phil Morris and maker of very cool instruments. Author of "Left Brain Lutherie".  This site also contains a free collection of useful spreadsheets.

Vintage Guitar Magazine - Great site plenty of online information.

William Cumpiano - An extraordinary luthier and author of a most excellent book on Guitar making.

WOOD / TOOLS / SUPPLIES 

Allied Lutherie, Ltd. - Decendants of LMI. Tonewood, tool and parts.

B-Band - Acoustic transducers and microphones. Founding member Bo Walker is the North Texas dealer for B-Band and offers a big discount to LINT members.

Blues Creek Guitars - A supplier of Martin kits and customer service kits. Finds tools used by many professional guitar builders, developed and refined by John Hall's experience as a builder.

Bridge City Tools- Exquisitely made hand tools and measuring devices.

Cedar Creek Cases - Excellent hard-shell cases. They will custom make them to your profile in relatively small batches.

Constantine's - Good source for veneers and woodworking tools.

DePaule Supply Co. –  Produces solid shell blanks of Paua Abalone, Red Abalone, White, Gold, Black and Bronze Mother of Pearl, and many other kinds of shell for inlay work.They also reproduce many old inlay designs as pre-cut inlays ready to put into instruments.

Exotic Woods Company Inc. –   Stocks over 50 species of wood for musical instruments.

First Quality Musical Supplies - Mostly instruments but good source for strings and accessories.

Garrett Wade - Fine selection of high end hand and power tools.

Guitarmaker’s Connection – Martin’s guitarmaking site. Kits, Tools, etc.

Into The Wind - Good website to purchase fiberglass rods and rubber tips for your Go Bar Deck.  You can also  buy some pretty neat kites. 

Lie-Nielsen Tools - Beautifully make precision planes and other hand tools.

Luthiers Mercantile International, LMI –  specializing in wood for musical instruments. Also sells tools and supplies. Their catalog is a must have!

Luthier Tool - Specialized tools and jigs for the luthier.  

L.R. Baggs - Acoustic pick up systems.;

Musicians Friend - Some items of interest to builders, mostly manufactured instruments.

Northern Tonewoods - We supply Spruce & other species for all types of acoustic fretted and bowed instruments.

North Ridge Hardwoods - The very best and high quality figured and specialty woods.

Old Standard Musical Instrument Wood - Here is an excellent source for Adirondack tops and bracewood. They ship and let you approve what you buy before you pay for it. Just give them a name, shipping address, and phone numbers and they send it out. Nice folks!!

Orcas Island Tonewoods – specializing in woods for the violin family and arched top guitar since 1980.

Pickup the World - Makes the acoustic pickup system John Fitzgerald uses in his instruments.

Stewart MacDonald’s Guitar Shop Supply – Specializing in tools, supplies, books and videos. Also has some wood.

The Rescue Pearl Company - All your shell needs at a much lower price than other sources.