Lutherie is the term used to describe construction of stringed musical instruments such as the guitar, violin, mandolin and ukulele. A luthier is a person that builds stringed musical instruments. The dictionary provides conventional spelling and short descriptions of the most common terms used in modern lutherie as well as historical terminology that a modern luthier may come across in plans and other media. Luthiers, musicians, and others that read or write about stringed musical instrument construction will find it invaluable. Lutherie beginners who are attempting to navigate a mass of unfamiliar terminology will find the dictionary particularly useful. This is the first lutherie book you should buy. Planning on taking a course on building a guitar, ukulele or mandolin? Planning to build a guitar, ukulele or mandolin from instructions in a book or videos? Use of the dictionary will increase the rate of understanding for the new luthier. It is the perfect companion to instructional lutherie books, video and online lutherie courses, and lutherie school instruction. Conservatory and college music departments will want to add this reference to their libraries. Musical instrument retailers and manufacturers will find it to be invaluable.
Descriptions are short and to the point. Enough information is provided to enable the reader to further research a topic if so desired. I've found in my own work that having access to the basic terminology is key to conducting efficient information searches on the Internet.
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"...Mottola's Cyclopedic Dictionary of Lutherie Terms is just what the title describes, being quite comprehensive, succinct, and authoritative. That it is also an engaging read is a perk not often associated with the word 'dictionary.'"
- James Buckland (American Lutherie #140)
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