The Stringed Instrument Makers of Southern California, or SIMSCal, is an organization formed to promote association among stringed instrument makers (also known as luthiers) in Southern California, to further the understanding of stringed instrument building, and to help improve the instrument-
We also teach guitarmaking classes, hosted by Woodcraft in Fountain Valley, CA. Currently we offer instruction in Steel String Acoustic Guitarmaking and Nylon String Classical Guitarmaking. New classes start in January. Check the Guitar Building Classes page for details.
Established in November of 2004, SIMSCal currently has about 50 active (dues-paying) members, consisting of both hobbyists and professional instrument builders, as well as a mailing list that reaches over 350 subscribers. Our members build traditional, hollow-body instruments (including flat-
We encourage those interested to attend one of our meetings. Attendance at meetings is free, and open to the public. To become a member, we ask for a donation of only $10 per year, which helps to support organization activities. Scroll down to “Become A Member” at the bottom of this page to do so.
If you would like more information about SIMSCal, visit our Contact Us page to send us your questions.
Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022
online via Zoom
Topic: Fret Work, Spray Booth
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page for details.
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 violin 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, and the wealth of literature and educational materials from the SCAVM library was transferred into the SIMSCal library.
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.
The SCAVM website can be found here.
SIMSCal Officers for 2022
President: George Leach
Secretary-Treasurer: Fred Brooking
Dir. of Guitarmaking Ops.: Eric Nichols
Dir. of Communications: Dan Greene
Clockwise from top left: George Leach (President), Fred Brooking (Secretary-Treasurer),
Eric Nichols (Dir. of Guitarmaking Ops.), Dan Greene (Dir. of Communications).
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Join today or renew your SIMSCal membership for only $10. For your convenience, you can join or renew your annual membership via PayPal.