1995 G.A.L. Convention
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D’Aquisto client and biographer Paul Schmidt plays the ’92 Avant Garde. Jos‚ Romanillos inspects the Avant Garde with Paul Gudelsky.
Beyond the rope stantion we get a good view of the 25th Anniversary and the pantograph carving form. Here’s the north side of the exhibit. That’s the ’82 New Yorker facing us with the Avante Guarde and the Joe Pass Excel to the right. An overview of the exhibition in Chris Knutzen hall, with guitars by Cyndy Burton and Jeff Elliott in the foreground.
Elbert Pair plays an archtop by Fletcher Brock. Fletcher, at right, can dig it. Famed lutherie logger Randy Volk mans the Luthiers Mercantile International table while Woodley White, Sam Calveard, Steve Chelius, and Eric Gamlin sample the wares.
Tim McCoy whips out the cash at Peiman Abdi’s spruce stack. George Gorodnitski checks out the Duke of Pearl’s bounty.
Hanafie Imam tries out a Ted Beringer guitar through headphones at Ted's table.
Lovable eccentrics Fred Carlson and Able Fortune come face-to-face at the Hammond Ashley table.
Marjorie Pearson and Gene Rhinehart admire a mandolin at Gene Stephenson’s table. This overview of the Scandinavian Center features Peter Bedino Barberio’s autoharps front and center with Dan Weaver’s violins to the right.
The special exhibit of D’Aquisto guitars from the collection of Paul Gudelsky included a ’60 D’Angelico Excel, a ’70 Excel, an ’82 New Yorker, an ’88 Fender Elite prototype, the ’89 25th Anniversary New Yorker, and a ’92 Avant Garde, as well as a carving form, a mold, and a pair of calipers. Here we see the south side of the display, with the Fender prototype at the right, the D’Angelico on the left, and the 25th Anniversary at the top. Curator Joe Johnson in the white gloves cleaning the ’70 Excel made for Joe Pass

Peiman Abdi, Victoria BC Canada: Sitka spruce sets Paul Ames, Paso Robles CA: “Bouncer” acoustical reflector dishSteve Andersen, Seattle WA: oval-hole archtop guitar, Metropolitan model archtop guitar, assorted wood, Fletcher Brock archtop guitar Peter Barberio, Missoula MT: autoharps, mandolin restorations, guitars, John Joyner mandolinBrent Benfield, Topeka IN: steel string guitarTed Beringer, Billings MT: archtop guitars, mandolins, and bassTom Blackshear (Cadena Guitars), San Antonio TX: David Rogers machines, photosDana Bourgeois, Lewiston ME: sugar maple and red spruce dreadnought guitar, sample tops and backsBill Boxer (Modern Spray System), Pounds Ridge NY: Apollo HVLP sprayers, Crystalac waterborne coatingsAlan Boyne, Friday Harbor WA: 9-string resonator guitar, cover plate examples, milled Dobro spiderJimmy Brown, Creswell OR: dreadnought guitar, two small concert guitars, one Sitka and Brazilian, the other redwood and Mexican rosewoodR.E.Bruné, Evanston IL: 25th Anniversary classic guitar in cypress, violin, rosettesDavid Bucher, Gualala CA: kabosy, mountain dulcimer, 1610 Orpharian replica, lute, electric bassCyndy Burton, Portland OR: classical guitarGregory Byers, Willits CA: classical guitar, experimental device for setting intonationJohn Calkin, Ringoes NJ: spruce and sycamore steel string guitarJere Canote (Small Wonder Banjos), Seattle WA: 5-string banjos, banjo guitars, banjo ukesFred Carlson (Beyond the Trees), Santa Cruz CA: “dreadnautilus” guitar in walnut and redwood, “jomama” (baritone 5-string banjo) in papier-mâché‚ and spruce, “sympitar” (flattop guitar with eleven interior sympathetic strings), “suzalyn” (5-string violin with sympathetic strings) woodcut banners (of instruments), Don Bradley's signal generatorsAlan Carruth (Luthier’s Workshop), Dedham MA: osage orange steel string guitar, plate tuning demonstration guitar topsKerry Char, Portland OR: koa, walnut, go bars, Gene Rhineharts' spruceNicholas Clarke (The Bold Strummer), Westport CT: booksJames Counihan (Crosscut Hardwoods), Seattle WA: woodJohn Decker, Jr. (Rainsong Graphite Guitars), Puunene HI: Rainsong graphite guitars; a 12-string dreadnought and an acoustic bass. Koa and mesquite back and sides sets, mesquite fretboard blanksAndy DePaule, Eugene OR: two archtop guitarsGreg Descoteaux (Siren Guitars), Londonderry NH: steel string guitar, travel guitarsJohn Dick, Iowa City IA: three classical guitarsMike Doolin, Hillsboro OR: guitarsMaurice Dupont, Cognac France: three classical guitars, archtop guitar, flattop guitar, oval-hole Selmer-style guitar, D-hole Selmer style guitar, 3/4-size Selmer-style guitarRobert Ehlers (Ehlers Guitars), Oregon City OR: Brazilian and Indian rosewood, European maple setsJeff Elliott, Portland OR: two classical guitarsChuck Erikson (The Duke of Pearl), Grass Valley CA: pearl and other inlay materials, misc. luthiers’ itemsFrank Finocchio (Martin Guitar), Nazareth PA: Martin guitar parts, supplies, wood and books from Guitar Makers' Connection, Martin guitarHarry Fleishman, Boulder CO: brown and white double wood guitar, student Darren Perry steel string guitar Mary Fletcher (Jones-Fletcher Music), South Yarmouth MA: (not in attendance) custom case catalogsAbel Fortune (Hammond Ashley Associates), Seattle WA: three autoharps, banjo guitar, hammer dulcimer, limberjack Charles Fox (American School of Lutherie), Healdsburg CA: one classical guitar, Universal side benderDavid Freeman (Timeless Instruments), Tugaske SK Canada: acoustic bass, flamenco guitar, two student guitars, wood, school brochures Dennis Froelich, Granite Falls WA: black walnut and Sitka dreadnought guitar, African mahogany dreadnought guitar, Indian rosewood and Engelmann classical guitar Gulab Gidwani (Exotic Woods), Sicklerville NJ: assortment of wood, African blackwood samplesRob Girdis, Seattle WA: Brazilian rosewood cutaway dreadnought, koa parlor guitar, myrtlewood guitarRoberto Gomes, Sao Joao del Rey Brazil: three classical guitars, tropical hardwoodsGeorge Gorodnitski, Los Angeles CA: arpeggione, archtop guitar, semi-acoustic guitar Rob Gower, Lincoln NE: acoustic guitar and tone woods Paul Gudelsky, Vista CA: three Gudelsky archtop guitars, James D'Aquisto exhibitCali and Alden Hackmann (Olympic Instruments), Indianola WA: hurdy-gurdies, books, records Roger Hamilton, Buckley WA: small steel string guitar, Bill Styler's alternative Hawaiian woodsJay Hargreaves, Seattle WA: acoustic bass with spruce top and back and maple sides, Lost Mountain workshop displayBruce Harvie (Orcas Island Tonewoods), Olga WA: spruceDuane Heilman (Benchworks), Yakima WA: steel string guitar, two classical guitars, all with lattice bracingKenny Hill, Ben Lomond CA: three classical guitars, flamenco guitar, classical cutaway guitar, guitar from Soledad prison guitar building project Jay Hostetler (Stewart-MacDonald), Athens OH: lutherie tools and suppliesFrank Andy Johnson (Andy’s Banjo Repair), Aberdeen WA: woodJohn Jordan, Concord CA: four electric violinsLewis Judy (Northwest Timber), Jefferson OR: walnut/myrtlewood guitar sets, Breedlove myrtlewood guitarStephen Kinnaird, Nacogdoches TX: maple and Sitka steel string guitar, koa and Engelmann steel string guitarYasu Kobayashi Portland OR: wooden clampsGrant Lett (Oyster River Tone Woods), Campbell River BC Canada: Engelmann spruce, curly and quilted mapleDave Maize, Talant OR: acoustic bass guitars; one black locust and Western red cedar, one black walnut and redwood with fretless phenolic fingerboardGeorge Majkowski, Gig Harbor WA: yellow cedar classic guitarRichard McClish (RMC Pickups), Berkeley CA: individual saddle transducer pickups for guitars Mark McCornack, Los Gatos CA: three archtop guitars, electronic calipersEric Meyer, Portland OR: baroque guitar, classic guitar, archtop guitar, violin pegs and fittings in different woodsOrville and Bob Milburn, Sweet Home OR: two classical guitars Don Musser, Silver City NM: rosewood, spruce, mahogany, maple Ralph Novak, San Leandro CA: baritone electric guitar, Harmony Sovereign modified for Novax fretboardRocky Perko, Kent WA: classic guitarTom Peterson, Glen Ellen CA: guitar wood, liningsJack Pimentel, Puyallup WA: three electric guitars, dulcimerBob Pinter, Tipp City OH: F-5 mandolin, mountain dulcimer, dulcimer hammers, wooden mandolin caseRed Wing Technical College, Red Wing MN: students' instrumentsTom Ribbecke, Santa Rosa CA: archtop electric guitar, standard archtop guitar David Riggs, Olympia WA: steel string guitar, German tone woodsElizabeth Rozier (Pacific Rim Tonewoods), Bellingham WA: woodRobert Ruck, Hansville WA: two classical guitars, two flamenco guitars Bill Schmidt (The WidgetWorks), Oakdale CA: The Apprentice, and Shop-in-a-Box (a work station concept)Gabor Schoffer, San Antonio TX: Andean flutes, charangos, and guitar Charles R. Shifflett, High River AB Canada: fretless 5-string flattop bass, steel string guitar Lawrence Smart, McCall ID: matched mandolin quartet; two mandolins, mandola, mando-cello George A. Smith, Portland OR: two Indian rosewood classic guitarsJason Smith (Sandy Pond Hardwoods), Sonora CA: figured mahogany sets, other woods, finished samplesSteve Snow (Prairie Music), Northglenn CO: classical tuner drill jigs, fret software, time management paperworkErvin Somogyi, Berkeley CA: steel string guitar, rosette artwork Mark Stanley, Orting WA: classical guitar, steel string guitar, acoustic bass guitarRobert Steinegger (Everly Guitars), Portland OR: jumbo 6-string Everly guitar, Everly Music Co. string setsGene Stephenson, Woodburn OR: two Neapolitan mandolins, flat-back mandolinTodd Taggart (Luthier’s Mercantile International), Healdsburg CA: tools, woods of many speciesDavid Thormahlen, Corvallis OR: mandolin, octave mandolin, original design Irish harpLarry Trumble (Wood Marine), Klawock AK: Spruce and yellow cedar top woodScott Van Linge, Nevada City CA: examples of reworked braces on Martin and Taylor flattopsDon Van Orman (DVO Specialties), Elma WA: cedar guitar tops, Sitka and Engelmann spruceWilly Vassilopoulos (Ovation Instruments), New Hartford CT: two guitars, mandolin, mando-cello, resophonic guitar, small amp Charles Vega, Baltimore MD: classical guitar, flamenco guitarL.M. Buzz Vineyard, Spokane WA: oval hole, pin bridge archtop in blackwood and spruce, 2 point 12-string, 17" flattop guitar in spruce and walnutDaniel Weaver, Camas WA: two violins, viola, partially completed violin, partially completed celloWoodley White, Portland OR: Indian rosewood and Engelmann spruce classical guitarDavid Wilson (Hammond Ashley Associates), Seattle WA: small bass, vertical viola, crwth, trapezoidal fiddle, bass tools

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