Stringed Instrument Makers of Southern California



Our Mission

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. Check the Guitar Building Classes tab for details.

About SIMSCal

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 Rockler Woodworking and Woodcraft stores. 

If you would like more information about SIMSCal, please contact with your questions.

Classical guitar rosette

by Chris LaBonte

Details About the Organization of SIMSCal  (MS Word docs) 

2017 SIMSCal Officers

President – Art Prangley

Sec/Treasurer – Dale Terrien

Dir. of Guitarmaking Ops  – Larry McCutcheon

Dir. of Communications  - Dan Greene

Articles of Association


Standing Rules

From left:  Art Prangley, Larry McCutcheon, Dan Greene,  Dale Terrien  

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Guitar Building Classes

2017 classes have ended. Call instructors or email to get on the waiting list for 2018.

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SIMSCal 2017 membership

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SIMSCal meeting


Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017

Welcome SCAVM Members!

For over half a century, the members of the Southern California Association of Violin Makers (SCAVM) held regular meetings and distributed a monthly bulletin to share knowledge and advance the art of lutherie within the viol family of instruments.

In June of 2017, SCAVM officially merged with SIMSCal, in the interest of broadening the  knowledge and experience of all of our members, creating a stronger, more vital organization. All former SCAVM members were automatically made active members of SIMSCal for the calendar year 2017. We are currently in the process of transferring the wealth of literature and educational materials from the SCAVM library into the SIMSCal library, as well.

Thanks to SCAVM members Ed Glass and Jerry Welner, who recognized the overlapping goals and interests of the two groups, and proposed the idea of joining forces to the SIMSCal board.

To encourage the continued development of the art