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An anthology of published, unpublished articles & transcriptions
written by
William R. Cumpiano


Acoustic Guitar Magazine article: Caribbean Memories about Caribbean stringed instruments (.pdf format)

Guitarmaker Magazine article
Latin American Stringed Instruments (.pdf format)
Part one of three parts

William's String Instrument Newletter

Dynamite marquetry patterns

William's own hardware- based neck joint system

Notes on acoustic bass guitars

Ever heard of a TRES?

William's tribute to
Manuel Velázquez, greatest living luthier

Photo sequence: A table-saw method for shaping the classic-guitar neck blank


William's transcriptions:

Andres Segovia Page:
An unprecedented, lengthy personal interview with the cantankerous Guitar God himself, and his 1928 New York debut press reviews!
The French banjo-maker/ theorist, Auguste Clodpolle
..who soaked his banjo heads in Cognac
Correspondence with a Russian guitarmaker
You think it's a difficult craft? Try being a luthier in the old Soviet Union!


The Modern Classic Guitar: No Longer Classical?
A short overview of the current scene that appeared recently in Acoustic Guitar Magazine
The Romance of the Individually Handmade Guitar
An analysis of the hand-building scene in the United States
Wood's Appearance
Why is curly maple curly? Why is rosewood purple and mahogany red? What are birdseyes? Bear claws?
Book review: "GUITARS: The Tsumura Collection"
American musical treasures in Japan
Book review: "Things About the Guitar" by Jose Ramírez III
Commentaries on the life of a world-class guitarmaker
How Good is This Guitar?
Evaluate a guitar as a luthier would
Haselbacher's Varnish Finish
A chance encounter and a tip from a master guitarmaker
Questions and Answers
A collection of published and unpublished guitar questions and answers
Zero Frets and Saddle Placement
An inquiry from an Austrian enthusiast, and a clarification that should have been in my book
Translating Cultures
A spark of traditional Puerto Rican music still glows in a Holyoke, Massachusetts, tenement
Preservation through Utilization: The Paradoxes of Rainforest Protection
A guitarmaker confronts his complicity in the despoliation of the rain forests
Don't love your guitar to death!
The real scoop on fingerboard oil and guitar polishes
Proper Care Guidelines for the Guitar
I'll guarantee the new guitar I made for you, provided you follow these sensible guidelines---a basis for a lasting partnership!
A Handy Reply to People Who Ask if That Mahogany Neck Came from a Rain Forest
or accuse you of destroying the planet because you make guitars
A Pedagog's Lament
After twenty years of teaching, thoughts on beginner's impatience
NEW! The History of Stringmaking
From lion and sheep-gut to Laser-selected trebles; and how your old, worn out strings are rather like the strings made hundreds of years ago