2017 Symposium

Symposium 2017— Register Now!

June 7–11, 2017

Now is the time to register for this year's symposium in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Look at all these excitng topics being presented (download the full schedule), then register without delay. (Vendors can register with this form.)

  • Apprenticeships & In-Shop Training: Helping &Training the Next Generation of Luthiers
  • Benefits of Mastering Hand Tools
  • Blending Technology and Handcraft to Create Exquisite Guitars
  • Consistency in Guitar Bracing
  • Dental Light Curing System for Repairing Nuts & Saddles
  • French Polishing: A Guitarmaker’s Approach
  • Fretwork Technique Demo
  • Guitar Construction Techniques to Maintain Instrument Playability Over Time
  • Guitar Top Bracing
  • In the Footsteps of the Archtop Masters: Building, innovating and moving forward on the legacy of D’Angelico & D’Aquisto
  • Intro to Marquetry
  • Intro to CNC Part Fabrication
  • Keynote Speaker: John Monteleone
  • Linda Manzer's Group of Seven Guitar Collection
  • Mitering
  • Neck Removal Without Steam
  • Sharpening Chisels & Tuning-up Hand Planes
  • Strategies for Building Exemplary Instruments
  • Teaching Guitar Building Classes
  • Thoughts on Structure and Tone in Acoustic Guitar Design
  • Using Colorants in the Finish Process
  • Vintage 45 Body Pearl Installation
  • Women in Lutherie
  • Wood Marquetry
  • Wood: From Forest to Merchant to Musician and All Points In Between

And here are some of the great vendors that will be selling their wares:

  • Blues Creek Guitars
  • C. F. Martin Guitar
  • Carl Barney Tonewoods
  • Custom Pearl Inlay
  • Glu-Boost
  • Gork’s Goodfilla
  • Guitarmaker’s Connection
  • Hibdon Hardwood
  • Homestead Finishing Products
  • J.B. Allred
  • Luthier’s Mercantile International
  • Martin Custom Guitar Shop
  • Masecraft Supply Co.
  • R.C. Tonewood
  • Stewart-MacDonald

Pore over all the articles and pictures from the 2011, 2013, and , 2015 symposia to whet your appetite for this year's event. Also make sure to read Evan Gluck's article on what the symposium means to him.

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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.

Community.

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.

Save the Date for Symposium 2017

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 2017 ASIA Symposium will be held June 7–11, 2017 at East Stroudsburg University in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.Check out some photos from the last symposium to see what's in store.

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.

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