We were formed to promote association among stringed instrument makers (luthiers) in Southern California, to further the understanding of stringed instrument building, and to help improve the instrument-making skills of our members.
We also teach guitarmaking; classes in both steel string and classical instrument construction. New classes started in January 2014. Check the Guitar Building Classes tab for details.
Established in November, 2004, SIMSCal currently has over 200 members and "friends of the association", consisting of both hobbyists and professional instrument builders. Our members build traditional hollow body instruments including flat-top steel string, classical, flamenco and archtop guitars. Our goal is not only to provide members with meaningful information about lutherie, but also to promote the practice and tradition of lutherie within our local communities.
We encourage those interested to attend any of our meetings. Attendance at meetings is free, however, we ask for a membership donation of $10 per year. This money supports organization activities and provides members with product discounts at both RocklerWoodworking and Woodcraft stores.
If you would like more information about SIMSCal, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
by R.C. Allen
Details About the Organization of SIMSCal (MS Word docs)