On one hand lutherie is just like any other area of woodworking. But there are a number of materials, parts and supplies that are very specific to lutherie. Some of those are outlined here.
By the way, I want to send a shout out to wood and guitar template supplier Kevin Waldron at Luthier Materials for his help and generosity. The lutherie world could use more suppliers like him.
Initial appearance: June 2008
Last updated: Tuesday, May 08, 2012
We tend to be very traditional when it comes to selecting wood for use in guitars, particularly for classical guitars. There are good reasons to believe that, at least as far as tone is concerned, this conservatism is not all that warranted.
Laminated wood is not used in the best of instruments but there may be situations where it is not only acceptable but even superior to solid wood.