The construction method is a little different than some guitar making books, but can be followed just the same to make an excellent guitar. Prime members enjoy fast & free shipping, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video and many more exclusive benefits. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It's a guitar that should be a top quality and wonderful sounding instrument and well within your grasp to bring to life. Also, if you lack the tools needed to make a guitar, they can cost thousands of dollars. Every step of construction is fully covered, from choice, selection, and preparation of woods, to cons. It covers the steel string and classical guitar, from wood selection to putting on the strings. As far as I'm concerned the instructions should be step-by-step, in order of what must be done first all the way to stringing the completed guitar. It provides a detailed build of a typical OM acoustic guitar - for which 1/1 plans are provided. Solomon: Bob Benedetto’s book Making an Archtop Guitar was formative and enlightening; a Tom Ribbecke archtop construction course showed me the process of an instrument actually coming together; and when I was first starting out, the woodworkers and craftsmen of the Hartvigson family, in Anchorage, Alaska, showed me what a craftsperson really was and gave me a level of excellence to aspire to. Getting people off on the right track and eliminating a lot of the frustration along the way for the beginner is the central focus, and with 508 pages and over 1600 pictures, it does just that. This book's valuable information gave me a really practical way to build my first kit acoustic guitar. Lovely clear pictures throughout make it easy to understand the process and the author's love of the instrument comes through. Has a detailed plan of a guitar with it, and the pictures really help explain each process. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 March 2015. His craft is born out of experience and intuition rather than a strict following of technical detail. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. 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These books were all very important in my development as a guitar maker and a woodworker, and I would not have the ability to make instruments without them. BA1 1UA. This book is printed in color, which gives a more modern feel to the instruction, and the author provides a very straight forward way of making a guitar. Please try again. #2 Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar: Complete Instructions and Full-Size Plans. However, my biggest gripe thus far (and I am picking here) is concerning the template for which we're required to make at the very beginning of our build. It's a guitar that should be a top quality and wonderful sounding instrument and well within your grasp to bring to life. Every guitarist dreams of owning a handmade instrument, but for most, the cost is likely to be prohibitive. Thanks. England and Wales company registration number 2008885. Excellent value. If a book has instruction on how to finish an instrument, but you have never finished anything before, it can be tough. Visit our corporate site. It differs from all others in that it's led by photographs and not by text, similar to a Dorling Kindersley book. Excellent book on the subject of lutherie. Guitar All-in-One For Dummies is the top choice for the best acoustic guitar method book to learn to play the guitar well. You will receive a verification email shortly. I bought this second hand out of curiosity. Thank you for signing up to Guitar World. Please try your request again later. It fully covers every step of construction, and with some skill and patience making a guitar is not as difficult as you might imagine. Unable to add item to List. The full size plans are excellent too- but I choose not to use them and nevertheless had no problem applying the methods to a different set of plans. Any serious guitar maker should have this book in his library, but it should not be the only book nor the last. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Another issue I have is that the instructions aren't laid out in a perfect linear fashion. I own all five of these, and I recommend these to anyone that wants to make a handmade instrument that they will be proud of. I've been messing about with guitar kits over the last six months or so, built an archtop and am about to start on a dreadnought so this book has been an absolute godsend. For example, there's no explanation for why Kinkade favours a particular body mold over easier to build and perhaps more durable molds; molds for which he does give clear instructions for by the way. I've read the book from cover to cover on more than one occassion! Welcome back. © Near the perfect book for guitar makers or those interested in making one. There are many good acoustic guitar making books available, and each one will teach you new and creative methods for making instruments. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2009. I am nearly done building my first guitar with these plans (about to attach the neck to the body!) Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. Overall this is quite a good book. This book is AWESOME and I highly recommend it! There was a problem. His craft is born out of experience and intuition rather than a strict following of technical detail. It's a guitar that should be a top quality and wonderful sounding instrument and well within your grasp to bring to life. Patti Smith Talks About Creativity and the Stories that Take Root.