Look familiar? Various instruments are in various stages of repair in the Colorado shop of Scott Baxendale.
Building with the Spanish Solera by Eugene Clark
Eugene Clark makes guitars the Spanish way: face down on a flat, scooped-out workboard. The tops are not spherical, and the neck is right in line with the blocks, not canted. Eugene takes us through the process and the philosophy, step-by-step.
Meet the Maker: Scott Baxendale by Steve Wiencrot
Here's the exterior of that same repair shop. Ad there is proprietor Scott Baxendale and his son John with two of their fine handmade guitars. Scott's story is unusual, even for a luthier. I mean, how many people do you know who are trying to get Johnny Depp to star in their biopic?
Intonation in the Real World by Mike Doolin
The little stars show the thirds in the chords, which are also the intonation trouble spots. Mike Doolin gives us the detailed lowdown on why we'll never get them right. Hit the chord symbols to see the chart showing that those darn thirds are just wrong.
The Santur by Javád Náini
Each culture seems to have its own permutation of the hammered dulcimer. Persia's version, the santur, goes back a pile of centuries. Javad Naini fills us in and presents a full-scale plan.
Meet the Maker: Stephen Sedgwick by Jonathon Peterson
At age sixteen, British luthier Stephen Sedgwick came to a fork in the road of life. Would he be a psychologist, or a luthier? Wow, that was a close one! I'm happy to report he is firmly on board that harp-guitar freight train.
Brace Voicing Through the Access Panel by Harry Fleishman
Mark Swanson brought his brand-new guitar to the 2006 GAL Convention, and offered to let Harry Fleishman get inside it and cut up the braces as a demonstration of voicing. Everybody ended up happy.
Grading and Curing Lumber by Bruce Creps
In American Lutherie #91, Bruce Creps showed us his resawing procedure. This time, he follows it up by telling us what we need to know about curing and grading lutherie lumber.
Product Review: Zoom H4 Digital Recorder by Harry Fleishman and Mark Berry
Harry Fleishman reviews the Zoom H4 digital audio recorder. So, did he test it out on a guitar? that would so predictable. He went to Bali and recorded the famous monkey chant dance.
Review: Shirazi's Building the Kamanche by Barbara Goldowsky
Barbara Goldowsky reviews Nasser Shirazi's book on building the kamanche, a traditional Persian spike fiddle. We sell a full-scale plan of it, you know.
It Worked for Me by Allan Beardsell and Mike Foulger
Alan Beardsell came up with an elegant gizmo for making adjustable guitar necks.
In Memoriam: Victor Gardener by Chris Dungey
Cello maker Chris Dungey remembers Victor Gardener, a self-taught maverick who made a lot of really good violins and cellos in his long life, and inspired a lot of aspiring young builders along the way.