At ASIA's biennial symposium, guitar builders and players of all skill levels gather to learn, teach, and play guitar. It is also a great place to see, try, and buy traditional to modern jigs and tools, and select the choicest guitar wood from the myriad vendors who attend. ASIA puts together an incredible program that is sure to increase your skill and pleasure in pursuing luthiery.

The 2013 ASIA Symposium was held June 12–15, 2013 at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The complete schedule is available for download.

2013 Symposium Is a Success

The many wood bargains pleased both buyers and sellers. Well, the 2013 Symposium is officially history. It was another great event with many exciting presentations and speakers. 215 members attended. Many people gorged on the abundant wood and supplies available in the vendor area making some of the dealers very happy! Read on for some great photos and inspiration for next year.

Symposium 2013, Don't Miss It!

The 2013 ASIA is coming up soon! It is time to get your registration in. The grand event will be held June 12 to the 15, you can see the latest schedule as a downloadable PDF. If you can come (and we shure hope you can, please download the appropriate member registration form or the vendor registration form, fill it in and send it to Nadine.

Symposium Dress Code

Luthiers are not generally known for impeccable fashion sense. So in order to remove one impediment from socially acceptable appearance, David Nichols has instituted the following dress code for the Symposium: Dave Nichols in his Hawaiian shirtASIA Board members, skilled luthiers, exquisite craftspeople, totally reliable vendors, and hep cats shall wear vintage or modern Hawaiian shirts (leis optional). Others may come as you are.

Mr. Nichols reportedly has over 100 Hawaiian shirts, so your challenge is to wear something older, uglier, or more ill-fitting than what he pulls out of his closet.

Symposium Airports & Directions

If you plan to to fly to the Symposium, you can choose from two airports serve the area: Lehigh Valley International Airport and Newark Liberty

East Stroudsburg University Gives these directions if you are going to drive, bike, or hike.