Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar: Complete Instructions and Full-Size Plans

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2004 - Music - 160 pages
(Book). Every guitarist dreams of owning a handmade instrument, but for most, the cost is likely to be prohibitive. The alternative building your own fine guitar is not as difficult as you might imagine, given some skill, patience, and the expert guidance of a master luthier. Every step of construction is fully covered, from choice, selection, and preparation of woods, to consideration of size, bracing, and tonal qualities. Each step of the building sequence is clearly photographed in color, with variations to the standard design shown to enable you to personalize your instrument as you make it. Briston, England-based Jonathan Kinkead has been building guitars for nearly 30 years. His craft is born out of experience and intuition rather than a strict following of technical detail. The resulting beauty of form and distinctive tone have earned him his reputation as one of the world's most respected independent luthiers.
 

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Although it requires pricey materials, uncommon tools, and precision, the construction of a playable guitar is one of the most satisfying creative experiences for those ready for a challenge. Kinkead ... Read full review

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Contents

Getting Started
Design
Materials
Tools
Good practice
Building the Guitar
The Soundboard
The Back
The Fingerboard
The Head Veneer
Neck Carving and Fingerboard Camber
Fretting
Finishing
The Bridge and Scratch Plate
Setting Up
Care and Maintenance

The Sides
Assembling the Body
Binding the Body
The Neck
The NecktoBody Joint
The Trussrod
Amplification
Glossary
Index
Credits
Copyright

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