GAL Instrument Plans
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Steel String Flattop Guitar

Plan #6 '20s Gibson L-0 Guitar
Drawn by Ted Davis. Scale length 24.25". Neck joins at the 12th fret. One sheet 24" x 42".
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Plan #8 1918 Martin 1-18
Drawn by Ted Davis. Scale length 24.875". Designed for gut strings. Two sheets, each 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #1.)
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Plan #55 Circa 1937 Gibson L-00 Guitar
Drawn by Kerry Char. One sheet 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #91.
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Plan #44 "True Companion" Travel Guitar
Drawn by John Calkin and David Goen. Scale length 23.25". Photos and text on plan. Two sheets, each 24" x 42". RReduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Five. (Originally published in American Lutherie #57.)
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Plan #66 Stahl Style 6 Parlor Guitar #81225
Drawn by January Williams. Scale length 25.5". Photos and text on plan. One sheet, 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #112.

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Archtop Guitar Top of Page


Plan #10 1932 Martin C-3 Archtop
Drawn by Ted Davis. Scale length 25". The top is carved; the back’s arch is achieved with curved braces. Two sheets, each 30" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #6.)
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Plan #24 1948 D'Angelico New Yorker
Drawn by Steven Andersen. Scale length 25.3125". Text and photo on plan. Two sheets, each 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Two. (Originally published in American Lutherie #16.)
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Classical Guitar Top of Page

Plan #5 Kasha Guitar Soundboard
Drawn by Gila Eban. A soundboard bracing plan, not an instrument plan. Text included on plan. One sheet 30" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One.
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Plan #12 1943 Hermann Hauser, Sr. Classic
Drawn by Jeffrey Elliott, revised 2003. Scale length 65CM. Specs and photos on plan. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #8.)
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Plan #30 1973 J.L. Romanillos Classic
Drawn by Kevin Aram. Scale length 65CM. From guitar owned by Julian Bream. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Three. (Originally published in American Lutherie #25.)
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Plan #33 1937 Hermann Hauser, Sr. Classic, Ex Segovia
Drawn by R.E. Brune. Scale length 65CM. Segovia’s, “guitar of the epoch,” which he donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Text and photos on plan. Two sheets, each 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Three. (Originally published in American Lutherie #31.) (see also top and back thicknesses in American Lutherie #38 and Cyndy Burton and Jeff Elliott's “Reflections on Segovia's Guitars” in American Lutherie #21.)
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Plan #38 1912 Manuel Ramirez Classic, Ex Segovia
Drawn by R.E. Brune. Scale length 65CM. Segovia’s guitar, which he donated to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Text and photos on plan. Two sheets, each 30" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Four. (Originally published in American Lutherie #40.)
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Plan #46 1977 Miguel Rodriguez, Jr. Classic
Drawn by Tom Blackshear, David Goen, and Guild staff. Scale length 66CM, variation shown for 65CM. Two sheets, each 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Six. (Originally published in American Lutherie #68.)
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Plan #47 1869 Francisco Gonzalez Classic (Urlik)
Drawn by Jeffrey Elliott. Scale length 64.5CM. González is credited with having taught guitar making to José Ramírez I. One sheet 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Six. (Originally published in American Lutherie #70.)
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Plan #52 1888 Antonio de Torres Classic (SE 114)
Drawn by Jeffrey Elliott. Scale length 65CM. Two sheets 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #83.
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Plan #62 1869 Francisco Gonzalez Classic (Sarpero)
Drawn by Don Pilarz. Scale length 65.2CM.One sheet 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #103.
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Plan #68 1930 Santos Hernández Classic
Drawn by Jeffrey R. Elliott. Scale length 65.5CM. Two sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #115.
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Flamenco Guitar Top of Page



Plan #42 1951 Barbero Flamenco, Ex Sabicas
Drawn by R.E. Brune. Scale length 66CM. Used by Sabicas. Photos and text on plan. Two sheets, each 30" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Five. (Originally published in American Lutherie #55.)
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Plan #53 2003 Manuel Reyes Flamenco
Drawn by Tom Blackshear. Scale length 65.5CM. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #84.
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Other “Gut” String Guitar Top of Page

Plan #48 Russian 7-string Guitar
Drawn by Fred Casey and Guild staff. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #75.
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Plan #65 1982 D'Aquisto Nylon-String Guitar
Drawn by James Condino. Scale length 64.7CM.Two sheets 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #108.
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Early Guitar Top of Page

Plan #27 Baroque, Anonymous, c. 1650
Measured by R.E. Brune; drawn by John Morgan. Scale length 68.8CM. Perhaps owned by Marie Antoinette. 5 double courses, 9 tied frets; highly vaulted back. One sheet 30" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Two. (Originally published in American Lutherie #19.)
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Plan #36 1816 Martinez Salon Guitar
Drawn by Scot Tremblay. Scale length 61.4CM. Small pre-Torres Spanish guitar. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Three. (Originally published in American Lutherie #36.)
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Plan #57 Mid-19th Century Martin Guitar
Drawn by Jeff Liverman. Scale length 23.875". One sheet 30 " x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #93.
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Plan #63 1825 Pons Ainé Guitar, Paris
Drawn by James Buckland. Scale length 640MM. One sheet 24 " x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #104.
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Harp Guitar Top of Page



Plan #7 1912 Martin Harp Guitar #11495
Drawn by Ted Davis. Scale length 25.1875", bass string length 31.5". Two separate necks, one a fretless bass. Two sheets, each 30" x 42".
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Plan #32 Dyer Harp Guitar
Drawn by Todd Brotherton. Scale length 25.5". Single neck. One sheet 30" x 49". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Three. (Originally published in American Lutherie #29.)
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Plan #61 1986 Sullivan/Elliott Harp Guitar
Drawn by Jeff Elliott. Scale length 65cm. Single neck. Three sheets 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #99.
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Plan #34 Klein Solidbody Electric Harp Guitar
Drawn by Steve Klein. Scale length 25.5". Headless 6-string neck with a Trans-Trem bridge and 5 sub-bass strings. Based on the design of a custom instrument Klein built for recording artist Michael Hedges. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Three. (Originally published in American Lutherie #34.)
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Acoustic Bass Guitar Top of Page

Plan #13 Flattop Bass
Drawn by Tim Olsen. Scale length 32". 4 strings. Variant is shown for scale length of 34", larger body, and 5 strings. Neck joins at the 12th fret. Text on plan. One sheet 30" x 60". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #9.)
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Ukulele and Other Small Plucked Instruments Top of Page

Plan #43 Martin Tenor Ukulele
Includes front and side cutaway views of the tenor, plus solid front views of Martin soprano and concert sizes for comparison. Photo and text on plan. One sheet 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Five. (Originally published in American Lutherie #56.)
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Plan #37 1937 Martin T-17 Tiple
Drawn by Jorge Gonzalez, Jr. Scale length 17". 10-string model arranged in 4 courses of 2-3-3-2. The tiple is a small guitar indigenous to Spain and South American nations. One sheet 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Four. (Originally published in American Lutherie #39.)
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Plan #51 Colombian Tiple
Drawn by Luis Alberto Paredes Rodriguez. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #82.
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Plan #54 Mexican Requinto
Drawn by Fred Casey. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #89.
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Plan #58 Venezuelan Cuatro
DDrawn by Aquiles Torres. One sheet 24" x 36 ". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #94.
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Plan #59 Colombian Andean Bandola
Drawn by Luis Alberto Paredes Rodriguez. One sheet 24" x 42 ". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #96.
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Plan #25 "Moskvichka" Concert Prima Balalaika
Measured by James H. Flynn, drawn by John Morgan, after M. Kupfer in Russia. Scale length 17" with 24 frets. Text and photos on plan. One sheet 30" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Two. (Originally published in American Lutherie #17.) To download Mr. Flynn's book on balalaika construction, click here.
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Plan #35 Malagasy Kabosy
Drawn by Paul Hostetter and GAL staff. "Modern" version of the Madagascar Kabosy, a traditional, ethnic instrument of the island. Text and photo on plan. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Three. (Originally published in American Lutherie #35.)
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Mandolin Family Top of Page

Plan #15 Modified F-3
Drawn by Robert Steinegger and Guild staff. A hybrid of two Gibson mandolins, an F-3 and an F-5. Text and photos on plan. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #11.)
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Plan #26 1923 Gibson Lloyd Loar F-5
Drawn by Ted Davis from a signed Lloyd Loar, serial number 73992. Photos, text, and drawing of "Virzi tone producer" on plan. Two sheets, each 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Two. (Originally published in American Lutherie #18.)
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Plan #67 A. Lawrence Smart Mandolas
Drawn by A. Lawrence Smart. Two sheets 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #114.
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Plan #3 Irish Bouzouki
Drawn by Nicholas Von Robison. Based on Rich Westerman bouzoukis. Photo and text on plan. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Two.
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Bowed Instruments Top of Page

Plan #11 Hardanger Fiddle
Drawn by E.M. Peters. Folk fiddle of western Norway with 4 melody strings plus 4 sympathetic strings running beneath the fingerboard. Photo, text, traditional inlay, and painting patterns on plan. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #7.
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Plan #40 English Treble 'Gamba after Henry Jaye
Drawn by Jess Wells and GAL staff, based on the style of Henry Jaye (1600s). Photos and text on plan. Two sheets, each 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Four. (Originally published in American Lutherie #43.)
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Bass Viol Top of Page

Plan #29 Low-Cost Bass Viol
Drawn by Frederick Lyman and Bill Styler from an original design by Lyman. Based on the familiar 3/4-sized bass. Uses high-quality plywood for back, sides, and neck. Two sheets, 30" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Two. (Originally published in American Lutherie #24.)
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Plan #50 Savart-style Upright Bass
Drawn by R.M. Mottola. Photos and text on plan. Two sheets, each 24" x 90 ". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #80.
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Plan #64 Double Bass inspired by a 1760 GB Gabrielli
Drawn by Geza Burghardt. Overall length 1769MM. Three sheets 30" x 79". Reduced plan image appears in American Lutherie #107. A detailed accompanying article appears in American Lutherie #106 and #107.
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Lute Top of Page

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Plan #17 6-cs Renaissance Lute, H. Frei c. 1530 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #1)
Drawn by Robert Lundberg. Based on the work of Hans Frei of Bologna. 62CM mensur. 24" x 64". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #12.)
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Plan #18 6-cs Descant Lute, Venere c. 1580 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #2)
Drawn by Robert Lundberg. Based on the work of Padua maker Wendelio Venere. 44CM measur. 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #13.)
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Plan #19 8-cs Bass Lute, Dieffopruchar c. 1600 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #3)
Drawn by Robert Lundberg. Based on the work of Venice maker Magno Dieffopruchar. 76CM mensur. 24" x 54".Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #13.)
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Plan #20 10-cs Renaissance Lute, Dieffopruchar 1612 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #4)
Drawn by Robert Lundberg after M. Dieffopruchar; 65CM mensur. 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #14.)
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Plan #21 7-cs Renaissance Alto Lute, Venere 1592 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #5)
Drawn by Robert Lundberg after the style of W. Venere; 58.4CM mensur. 24" x 54". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #14.)
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Plan #22 13-cs Baroque Lute, Dieffopruchar c. 1600 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #6)
Drawn by Robert Lundberg after M. Deiffopruchar; 76CM mensur. 24" x 61". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #15.)
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Plan #23 14-cs Archlute, M. Sellas 1639 (Erlangen Lecture Series Plan #7)
Drawn by Robert Lundberg after the style of M. Sellas; 57/83CM mensur. 24" x 54". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Historical Lute Construction. (Originally published in American Lutherie #17.)
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Hammered Dulcimer Top of Page

Plan #4 Hammered Dulcimer, 12/11, 69 String
Designed by Alan Carruth and drawn by Nicholas Von Robison. 12 treble courses, 11 bass courses, with 3 strings per course. Text on plan. One sheet 24" x 48". See also GAL Instrument Plan #39. Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Two.
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Plan #39 Hammered Dulcimer, 13/13, 52 String
Drawn by Debbie Suran, Nicholas Von Robison, and GAL staff. Text and photos on plan. Two sheets, each 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Four. (Originally published in American Lutherie #41.)
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Plan #56 Persian Santur
Drawn by Javad Naini. Photos and text on plan. One sheet 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #92.
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Other Instruments Top of Page

Plan #1 Schmidt Model 73 Autoharp
Drawn by Nicholas Von Robison. Early 20th century autoharp which provides most of the details of these classic instruments. Photo and text on plan. One sheet 24" x 42".
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Plan #9 Kamanché
Drawn by Nasser Shirazi. The kamanche is the “violin” of traditional Persian music. It is a spike fiddle with four strings and a small, round, skin-headed body. One sheet 24" x 42" insert is included. Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #4.)
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Plan #14 Tar (Persian "Banjo")
Drawn by Nasser Shirazi. The Tar is a long-necked lute used in traditional Persian music. The 6 strings are in 3 courses and pass over 28 tied frets. Photo and text included with plan. One sheet 28" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #10.).
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Plan #16 Shamisen (or Sami-sen)
Drawn by Nicholas Von Robison. This Japanese instrument is a long necked, 3 string, squarish-shaped “banjo” with a cat-hide head. Text and photos on plan. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. One. (Originally published in American Lutherie #12.)
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Plan #28 Kibangala (African "Banjo")
Drawn by James Hillier. East African 4-course instrument with 7 strings arranged as 3 pairs and a single bass string; carved from a single piece of wood. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Two. (Originally published in American Lutherie #23.)
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Plan #31 Prima Gusli
Drawn by James H. Flynn. 15 strings with a front rail length of 32" and back rail length of 12.5". Russian version of the ancient dulcimer or psaltry; similar to the hammered dulcimer. One sheet 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Three. (Originally published in American Lutherie #27.)
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Plan #41 Concert Zither, 37 Strings
Drawn by John Roeder and GAL staff. Text, photos, exploded diagram, and reduced plans of 5 zither styles included on plan. Two sheets, each 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Five. (Originally published in American Lutherie #50.)
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Plan #45 Clark Harp
Drawn by David Riggs. 31strings, round back. Drawing includes the stool that the harp attaches to. Photos and text on plan. Three sheets, each 30" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in Big Red Book of American Lutherie Vol. Six. (Originally published in American Lutherie #61.)
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Plan #49 Hurdy-Gurdy
Drawn by Wilfried Ulrich. Drawing includes added chromatic keys. Photos and text on plan. Two sheets, each 24" x 42". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #77.
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Plan #60 Two Tuvan Instruments
Drawn by Thomas Johnson. Drawing includes the Morin Khuur and Igil. Photos on plan. Two sheets, each 24" x 48". Reduced plan image and accompanying article appear in American Lutherie #98.
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