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

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2004 - Music - 160 pages
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(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
9
Materials
20
Tools
28
Good practice
36
Building the Guitar
45
The Soundboard
56
The Back
70
The Sides
76
The Fingerboard
112
The Head Veneer
116
Neck Carving and Fingerboard Camber
120
Fretting
124
Finishing
130
The Bridge and Scratch Plate
136
Setting Up
142
Care and Maintenance
148

Assembling the Body
82
Binding the Body
86
The Neck
94
The NecktoBody Joint
102
The Trussrod
108
Amplification
150
Glossary
152
Index
154
Credits
158
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