How to Build Electric Guitars: The Complete Guide to Building and Setting Up Your Own Custom Guitar

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Voyageur Press, Jun 15, 2012 - Music - 208 pages
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In the past few years the market for electric guitar kits and parts has exploded. For every two enthusiasts, there are four opinions on how properly to fill woodgrain. In this book, Will Kelly cuts through all that noise and shows how, with a little patience and some inexpensive tools, the average person can turn a modest investment into a gig-worthy instrument and perhaps even a lifelong hobby. Kelly presents guitar-building in a progressive fashion, beginning with a simple Stratocaster-style kit with a bolt-on neck and continuing on to a "relic'd" Telecaster-style build, two Gibson-style set-neck models, and a custom double-neck mash-up. Because each build is more involved than the previous, the reader builds on his or her skill set and acquires only the tools necessary for the reader's level of interest. Kelly shows how to apply finishes, choose and install hardware, wire electronics, execute the final assembly, and set up the finished guitar for proper action and intonation.



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This book is the best resource I have come across to help guitar players of all levels interested in building a guitar discover the resources, skill set, physical and mental discipline as well your willingness to challenge yourself in ways you have never imagined in order to build your dream instrument.
You can truly build your dream guitar if you truly desire to, have this book to follow, and have general wood working skills an ability to learn and apply new skills that are required to do this. You must have some general woodworking tools and be willing to purchase some tools that will
enable you to complete the job much more easily. I am a woodworker for many years and was very challenged by some of what I thought were simple task. I had to humble myself quickly and realize I needed to apply all that I read and I could do this.
This book is written so young kids can read and understand it and has the best illustrations and descriptions I have ever seen in a How To book. I love it, I love Will Kelly for giving us a book we can read, understand and produce an AMAZING instrument from . He is truly a man of great knowledge , craftmenship, and integrity I have seen in few men I have ever met. Thanks Will in advance for your blood , sweat, and tears. I cant wait for you to play my Strat!!!


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How to Use This Book
CHAPTER 1 Sunburst StratStyle BoltNeck
CHAPTER 2 Relicd TeleStyle BoltNeck
CHAPTER 3 LP JuniorStyle SetNeck
CHAPTER 4 ColorShifting Metalflake DoubleNeck

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Will Kelly is a highly respected guitar builder and vintage guitar expert who owns and operates Hard Knocks Guitars in Cary, North Carolina. He is author of the popular monthly Shop of Hard Knocks repair column in Vintage Guitar, a consultant to several manufacturers, and the author of How to Build Electric Guitars (2012) and Electric Guitar Repair (2014), both from Voyageur Press.A veteran guitar-maker, Will Kelly is also a regular contributor to Vintage Guitar magazine and the owner of Hard Knocks Guitars. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.

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