Symposium = Community

By Evan Gluck

Evan takes a break from his regular programming of electric guitar stuff to talk about something more important to him, what with the ASIA Symposium just a few months away.


Like it or not you are probably in several communities. I belong to several great communities in my life and one of them that I value most of all is my guitar making and repairing community. I would like to tell you a bit about my history in getting myself into our community and developing life long friendships.

I have been repairing guitars since the 80’s, but decided about 18 years ago that it is what I would do for a living. I took a job at a small music store in the East Village of Manhattan and told them that as well as selling guitars I could also repair them. I was hired and for 5 1⁄2 years built up a solid repair business for the store and a good reputation around the city. Eventually it became hard for the shop to keep me on without modifying my employment status as the repairs I were doing were financially exceeding the retail operation of the store. At this point my then future wife Ela convinced me with much difficulty to leave the financial security of working for someone, and open a shop out of our apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The rest as they say is history, and proved to me that my wife is much smarter than I am.

I was unaware back in 2003 of any of the guitar building and repair guilds that existed, or the major shows where builders could show their work. As I started exploring the Internet beyond funny cat photos, I found some forums where the buzz around the conventions and guitar shows was quite intense. I decided that after reading all the repair books available and seeing every StewMac video, that I wanted to at least meet some of the people I admired so much who were successful at what I was trying to do. The question at hand is how did a shy person with no contacts in the community after several years accumulate so many wonderful friends who are at the top of the field I am in. The answer is simple. I showed up.

Symposium 2017 Just Around the Corner!

June 7–11, 2017 at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Time is nigh to start planning to your trip to the rousing 2015 Symposium in bucolic East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

In addition to the educational benefits of attending the ASIA Symposium, it is also a great opportunity for purveyors of lutherie supplies (wood, jigs, tools, books, DVDs, etc.) to sell their wares and services. We will also have an area for instrument builders to display their fine products. Potential exhibitors or interested vendors can get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions, but be sure to review the vendor registration and member registration forms first.

Check out the articles for the 2011, 2013, and , 2015 Symposia to whet your appetite for the 2017 event.

Several openings are still available for presenters. If you are interested in giving a workshop at the symposium or have a suggestion, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kevin La Due Gallery Now Online

Kevin La Due's Gallery Cover

Kevin La Duehas a new photo gallery. Be sure to check out his work. If you would like to have your own gallery on the ASIA site, check out this article.

Fodera Guitars has two job positions available

The happy gang at Fodera Guitars

Do you have experience with woodworking and lutherie? Do you find yourself continuously being called “perfectionist”? Do you love working with your hands? If so, send over your resume for the opportunity to be a part of the Fodera team. They are currently looking for one highly experienced luthier and one woodworker, both in a full-time capacity, in Brooklyn, NY. Fodera offers a competitive salary along with medical and retirement benefits.

Head over to Fodera’s website for more details!

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