The Luthier's Handbook

A Guide to Building Great Tone in Acoustic Stringed Instruments

Author: Roger H. Siminoff

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780634014680

Category: Music

Page: 92

View: 4658

(Book). An essential item for the instrument builder, The Luthier's Handbook explores the secrets and science behind making good-sounding acoustic stringed instruments. Renowned author Roger H. Siminoff brings to the table more than four decades of luthiery experience and shares the time-tested philosophies, tips and technology of the craft. As the ideal complement to other books on building instruments, this text describes the structural and acoustical attributes of air chambers; what to listen for when tap-tuning; selecting a good piece of wood; placement of the braces and tone bars and how to tune them; how to select the right strings; what to consider in bridge design concepts; and much more. Includes a free String Gauge Calculator for determining the right set of strings.

Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar

Complete Instructions and Full-Size Plans

Author: Jonathan Kinkead

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780634054631

Category: Music

Page: 160

View: 3363

(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.

Siminoff's Luthiers Glossary

Author: Roger H. Siminoff

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation


Category: Music

Page: 206

View: 1643

(Book). Siminoff's Luthier Glossary is a first-edition compendium of more than 800 technical terms used in the design, construction, and production of string musical instruments. The handy 6"x9" softcover text is intended for all levels of builders from beginners to advanced, and features descriptions of parts, techniques, tools, adhesives, finishes, machinery, woods, stains, acoustics, and legal terms. The Appendix includes numerous valuable data tables along with two dozen color plates to help recognize the tonewoods and decorative woods used in luthierie.

Clapton's Guitar

Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument

Author: Allen St. John

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743281980

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 9161

In 1994, Eric Clapton came across a Wayne Henderson guitar in a recording studio and decided on the spot that he had to have one. Rarer than Stradivarius violins, these musical works of art are built from near-extinct Brazilian Rosewood, Appalachian spruce, black ebony, and fine mother-of-pearl. With Henderson's keen ear for the vibrations of each piece of wood he uses, each note that comes out of them has the power of a cannon and the sweetness of maple syrup. In Clapton's Guitar, Allen St. John recounts how a perfect acoustic guitar comes into the world and how an artist gauges perfection. Wayne Henderson, master luthier and genius in blue jeans, will tell you that he simply puts penknife to wood and carves away "everything that isn't a guitar." This is the story of a master artist, set deep in the mountains of southwestern Virginia in a brick, one-story guitar shop, as busy and chaotic inside as it is simple outside. The space is well-lighted, cluttered with power tools, air hoses, and guitar bodies in various stages of completion. It is in this modest shop that Wayne Henderson crafts some of the most highly coveted acoustic guitars on earth, including one very special instrument he built for Eric Clapton. Normally, there is a ten-year wait for a Henderson guitar, and St. John finds there are no exceptions even for an iconic figure like Clapton. But seeing it as a shortcut to getting his own guitar done, St. John jump-starts the process, and then takes readers with him on a mesmerizing journey into the heart of high-end instrument making with the man The Washington Post calls the "Mad Scientist of Mountain Music." Henderson, a small-town wise man, is not only the star of this book as a master guitar maker but also is the star of any stage he sets foot on as a master guitar player, equally at home at Carnegie Hall or the local VFW hall. Around this drolly humorous man circulates a small coterie of colorful characters and inspired musicians, who welcome you for an all-too-brief visit. By book's end, you too will want to be Wayne Henderson's friend. In a rich tapestry of folklore and folksiness, St. John tells the story of building the Clapton guitar in loving detail, from the centuries-old forests where great tonewood grows, to the auction floor of Christie's where one of Clapton's guitars commands over $700,000. It's also a loving look at Wayne's corner of the world, the Blue Ridge mountain hamlets where American traditional music was born, and of Wayne's hometown of Rugby, Virginia, population 7, where the winding roads have kept progress at bay. Whether you love old-time music, unplugged rock, traditional American craftsmanship, or simply gifted storytelling, Clapton's Guitar is an engaging work that you will want to savor and share with friends.

Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology

A Complete Reference for the Design & Construction of the Steel-String Folk Guitar & the Classical Guitar

Author: Jonathan D. Solomon,William Cumpiano

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 9780811806404

Category: Music

Page: 392

View: 771

Hailed by Guitar Player magazine as "perhaps the finest book on guitars ever produced," and by Booklist as "a Rolls Royce of construction guidebooks," this impressive volume is the first book of its kind to describe in depth how both steel-string and classical guitars are actually designed and built. Over 450 photographs, drawings, and diagrams reveal in exquisite detail the hows, whys, and how-to's of the traditional craft of guitarmaking, all accompanied by fascinating historical and technical notes. A comprehensive bibliography; a list of tools, materials, and supply sources; and a full index complete this uniquely authoritative reference -- and essential acquisition -- for guitar and craft enthusiasts, woodworkers, and students of instrument making everywhere.

Complete Guide to Building Kit Acoustic Guitars

Author: Bill Cory

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780972956789


Page: N.A

View: 8609

Twelve years ago, I asked, "Could I actually build a guitar?" I was 57 years old, hadn't built anything of wood since 1962 in 7th grade wood shop (a coat rack), and owned no woodworking tools. I didn't know people built guitars of their own! But I was intrigued by the possibility. I studied the Stewart-MacDonald catalog and ordered a kit, a 12-fret rosewood and spruce 000. A few months later, I was playing it! It was an amazing and memorable experience. I decided to do it again, and again ... Now twelve years later, many more guitars have come out of my little home shop-all from kits. Brazilian rosewood/Coastal Redwood...Indian rosewood/cedar ...mahogany/Sitka ... Indian rosewood/red spruce-all kinds of standard and exotic wood combinations and body styles. It has been a blast. And, it has produced this book about acoustic kits-the only book specifically dedicated to acoustic kits and their place in the guitar building world. Complete Guide to Building Kit Acoustic Guitars has helped hundreds, possibly thousands, of beginning guitar builders worldwide to begin to build their own quality acoustic guitars. Until now, it's only been available with spiral binding. With this revision, the perfect binding is also available. Here are a few highlights: Why a Kit? Why not? Tools you'll need and how to save on them Your space requirements (not much!) Where to get the right kit for you How to create a completely custom kit How long it will take to build Tools you can build Resources for guitar builders Detailed building logs for two guitars Complete Glossary of lutherie terms A complete build, step by step ... and a whole lot more, illustrated with over 450 pictures I love building guitars and playing them! I also enjoy writing, and this book has made possible both of those enjoyable pursuits. Completely revised and updated, the book reflects my continuing enthusiasm and learning about this "little brother to luthiery," the building of kit guitars by beginners and hobby builders. This is the only book dedicated to guitar making with guitar kits. It's a specialty, for sure. But does a kit end up being a real guitar? You can bet on it! Some of my guitars, made from choice woods, are the match of guitars created by the major companies in the world, both for playability and tone. And they look great, too! Please take a look into the book, follow a link from page 5 to hear and see a couple of my kits being played. They sound good, but I'm sure yours can sound and look even better! If you've thought about it, now find out about it too! Order your copy! (Hint, ladies: It makes a great gift for a husband looking for a new challenge!)

The Art of Lutherie


Publisher: Mel Bay Publications

ISBN: 1619115379

Category: Music

Page: 56

View: 2402

The Art Of Lutherie offers a glimpse into the mind and craft of luthier Tom Bills, whom many consider to be one of the most talented luthiers today. In this beautifully written and enjoyable read, Tom elegantly and clearly shares his best- kept secrets and methods of custom guitar making - those which make his guitars favorites among top collectors and players. Tom's unique approach to The Art Of Lutherie will empower and inspire you to create more than just a guitar, but a truly unique work of art. The information that is generously shared within this insightful and timeless work is both practical and applicable. It contains the same hard-won wisdom that only comes from years of experience and experimentation that Tom uses in creating his inspiring instruments. Over the years, he has producedinstruments considered to be some of the bestsounding guitars ever made. Learning the steps of how to build a guitar is important, but understanding whymaster luthiers take those steps and make those decisions can empower you to make your own educated choices. This will allow you to create unique guitars, and the world needs your art, your guitars - your important contribution. The Art Of Lutherie, a truly unique and inspiring guide, can prepare you to reach new heights when designing and creating unique guitars. It is not often I heap such lavish praise on people; however, Tom is in this case more than deserving: I know of no other luthier whose work I respect more. Tom knows his craft inside and out; he pours his soul into every guitar he makes; heuses cutting-edge science to guide his work, and it head of Artist Relations and Product Development at Mel Bay, it gives me great pleasure topublish Tom's work, which will no doubt take the art of lutherie to a new level. I hope you'll spend some time soaking in this book - it will certainly augmentyour musicality - Collin Bay. Includes access to online video

Acoustic Guitar Making

The Steel String Guitar

Author: Nick Blishen

Publisher: Crowood Press (UK)

ISBN: 9781847973740

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 175

View: 5051

Topics covered:Tools, techniques and selection of materials.Careful instruction on the detailed process from making the initial templates through to gluing the fingerboard.Tips throughout on how to avoid pitfalls and make faster progress.Advice on how to achieve a professional finish, and setting up the guitar.

Classical Guitar Making

A Modern Approach to Traditional Design

Author: John S. Bogdanovich

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402720604

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 309

View: 8905

"Renowned luthier John S. Bogdanovich crafted the project shown inside for his own personal use. The design he presents is simple but elegant and is a composite of ideas borrowed from several different guitars admired for their tonal qualities and aesthetic details. In close-up photographs Bogdanovich invites you to stand by his side and follow the entire process from start to finish. He offers guidance through every step, and explains every decision, from the arrangement of his workbench and the selection of the wood, to tuning and setting up the instrument. Bogdanovich also provides a choice of alternative methods and materials -- to help you find your own style of working, and to enable you to add your personal touches to your project. By the time your instrument is finished, you'll have acquired a world of knowledge, from the difference between quartersawn and flat-sawn wood to the pros and cons of lacquer versus French polish. You'll have mastered dozens of skills, including bending and aminating wood and cutting and seating wire frets. Best of all, you'll have a beautiful instrument, designed to your own specifications, that will give pleasure to everyone who hears it." -- Book jacket.

Lutherie woods and steel string guitars

a guide to tonewoods : with a compilation of repair and construction techniques

Author: Tim Olsen,Cyndy Burton

Publisher: Guild of Amer Luthiers


Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 151

View: 2981

A collection of articles on woods for stringed instrument construction, and on the construction and repair of steel string guitars. Wood section includes intro to taxonomy, top 40 lutherie woods, resawing, and a bibliography of wood ID books. Steel string guitar section articles on D'Aquisto's archtop guitar design, Gallagher, Turner, and Klein guitars, inlay, side bending, binding, linings, bridge gluing, bracing, and more. Appendices include philosophy, reviews of 80 lutherie books, sources, lutherie schools and more.

The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual

Author: Roger H. Siminoff

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780634062858

Category: Music

Page: 160

View: 7636

(Book). The Ultimate Bluegrass Mandolin Construction Manual is the most complete step-by-step treatise ever written on building an acoustical string instrument. Siminoff, a renowned author and luthier, applies over four decades of experience to guide beginners to pros through detailed chapters on wood selection, cutting, carving, shaping, assembly, inlays, fretting, binding and assembly of an F-style mandolin. A special highlight is an in-depth chapter on the art of tap tuning. This fully-illustrated manual boasts more than 250 photos, a full-color section on the staining and finishing processes, numerous detailed illustrations, and a bonus set of 20 full-size blueprints. Spiral bound.

Making Master Guitars

Author: Roy Courtnall,Adrian Lucas

Publisher: Robert Hale

ISBN: 9780709048091

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 330

View: 2278

Making Master Guitars is a craftsman’s handbook about the exciting and challenging pursuit of making classical guitars, a craft that the author reveals to be surprisingly accessible by following his instructions. The book is unique in that it includes nine separate detailed plans of instruments constructed by internationally famous guitar-makers. The author has had the rare opportunity of examining these instruments in detail, and has made many replicas of each one.Part one: The Master Makers and their Guitars is devoted to separate chapters on each famous maker, including Antonio de Torres, Hermann Hauser, Santos Hernández y Aguado, Ignacio Fleta, Robert Bouchet, Daniel Friederich and José Romanillos. The reader will find historical information about the life of and influences on each makers, as well as detailed sets of working drawings for their guitars. Also included are rare photographs of the guitars.Part two: Workshop, Tools and Materials provides essential information about the tools, working environment and material needed by the guitar-maker.Part three: Guitar Construction – The Spanish Method comprises a step-by-step method of guitar construction, illustrated by numerous photographs and drawings. The method of making a guitar is presented with great clarity. So that even the newcomer to this fascinating craft will be able to produce a superb instrument. This book will be essential for the guitar-maker and the historian, providing as it does a unique record of the different methods of guitar design and strutting systems that have evolved since Antonio de Torres first defined the essential characteristics of the modern classical guitar in the 1850s.

The Phoenix Guitar Company's Guide to Guitarmaking for the Small Shop

A Step-by-Step Approach

Author: George S. Leach

Publisher: Wheatmark, Inc.

ISBN: 1627872523

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 308

View: 3659

The Phoenix Guitar Company's Guide to Guitarmaking for the Small Shop is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide describing how three very different types of guitars (steel string, archtop, and classical) can be built using very similar methods. In a small shop, where space (and manpower) is limited, a guitarmaker needs to optimize his or her working area and methodology. This book demonstrates how to simplify procedures in a shop, allowing the guitarmaker to build several types of guitar without needing lots of room. The Phoenix Guitar Company's Guide to Guitarmaking for the Small Shop includes over six hundred photos and illustrations, along with tips, recommendations, and jigs to help beginners and advanced builders alike.

The Art and Craft of Making Classical Guitars

Author: Manuel Rodr’guez

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781423480358

Category: Music

Page: 176

View: 741

(Guitar Reference). 100th anniversary updated edition! Rich in beauty, sound, and history, Manuel Rodriguez and Sons' classical and flamenco guitars have been handcrafted in Madrid since 1909, and the company's creations are still acclaimed today. This book presents master luthier Manuel Rodriguez's thoughts on the history of the instrument he loved, including how the guitar attained its prominent position among musical instruments. Filled with fabulous historical photos, memorabilia, and more, this book is essential for all admirers of the guitar. A special new section on "Music with World Leaders," sponsored by the King of Spain, promotes the importance of music for children and much more.

Left-brain Lutherie

Using Physics and Engineering Concepts for Building Guitar Family Instruments : an Introductory Guide to Their Practical Application

Author: David C. Hurd

Publisher: Bold Strummer Limited

ISBN: 9780976088301

Category: Music

Page: 169

View: 9969

This book gives the builder of guitar family instruments much greater understanding and control over the instrument building process. Predictive models and spreadsheets for many of the building steps allow the user to make intelligent choices for instrument materials and dimensions without sacrificing esthetics.

Building Electric Guitars

How to Make Solid-Body, Hollow-Body and Semi-Acoustic Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars

Author: Martin Koch

Publisher: Koch Martin

ISBN: 9783901314070

Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Page: 236

View: 2972

Everything from the first steps of design to the final set-up of of solid-body, hollow-body and semi-acoustic electric guitars is covered step by step in this book. It also contains a section about winding your own pickups.

Making an Archtop Guitar

Author: Robert Benedetto

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781574240009

Category: Music

Page: 260

View: 3065

(Guitar). The definitive work on the design and construction of an acoustic archtop guitar by one of the most talented luthiers of the twentieth century. Benedetto walks the reader through all aspects of construction through to marketing your finished work. Includes a list of suppliers to acquire all the tools and materials listed; a list of serial numbers for Benedetto guitars; full-color plates featuring the author's models; photos from the author's personal scrapbook of players who endorse his guitars; and fold-out templates for construction. 8-1/2 x 11 .

Step-by-step Guitar Making

Author: Alex Willis

Publisher: GMC Publications

ISBN: 9781861086969

Category: Guitar

Page: 191

View: 7970

GUITAR. In this title, the Sussex based author provides accessible text, clear instructions, step-by-step photographs and a full-size plan of the guitar. Readers will learn how to make a steel-stringed OM cutaway guitar with 14 frets from scratch, following the clear step-by-step photographs and straightforward instructions. Suitable even for woodworkers with a basic level of skills, this is a rewarding project to undertake and will no doubt become a family heirloom. Packed full of handy information and expert tips, close guidance through the whole process from choosing the materials to the final stringing up and a full-size plan of the guitar to follow, readers can't go wrong. Plus this revised and updated edition features new and expanded material on: power tools and jigs, bolt-on and dovetail neck joints, alternative ways of making a guitar body, soundboard bracing for a Classical guitar and much more.