The original great and glorious festival of lutherie, often copied but never duplicated, the Guild of American Luthiers Convention/Exhibition is legendary and highly anticipated in the lutherie community. It’s another avenue the Guild uses to bring together luthiers from everywhere, of all specialties and skill levels, seasoned pros and part-timers, in a spirit of cooperation and camaraderie.
It features four-and-a-half days of stimulating educational lectures, demonstrations, and workshops presented by respected luthiers on a wide range of topics of interest to the lutherie community; an exhibition of member instruments where members have an opportunity to show their creations and receive feedback from their fellow luthiers; sale of lutherie woods, tools, and supplies; three nights of concerts and open mikes; and the GAL Benefit Auction.
Watch this page and American Lutherie for more information on our 2017 event as it becomes available. The schedule will be similar to past conventions. (The scheduled program will begin the afternoon of Wednesday, July 19 and ends by noon on Sunday, July 23, followed by an open house at GALHQ on Sunday afternoon.)
GAL Conventions are open to anyone who wants to participate. Registration is required to attend and only members can exhibit. Any member can exhibit their instruments or lutherie supplies (additional fee for supplier exhibits). On-campus lodging and meals will be available.
Registration will open in the spring of 2017 and Guild members will automatically receive announcements and notifications.
Our first GAL Convention was held in the summer of 1975 and we’ve had over twenty more since then. Our conventions are currently held every three years in Tacoma, Washington. To see what a GAL Convention is like, check out the photos of our last several conventions! You can also order our Luthiers Show & Tell DVD to see interviews of luthiers at our exhibition back into the '80s.