Acoustic Guitar Making: How to make Tools, Templates, and Jigs


Acoustic Guitar Making: How to make Tools, Templates, and Jigs

This book contains everything I wish I knew when I started making acoustic guitars over fifteen years ago. It is not an ABC book, but a companion that teaches many of the things that the other books leave out. In these pages are instructions for making tools, cutting blanks, inlaying exotic woods, and hand finishing guitars. The methods described revolve around doing more with less, and getting more out of the tools already in the shop. For the thrifty guitar maker who would rather build someth

List Price: $ 24.95

Price: $ 23.37

More How To Build An Acoustic Guitar Products

3 Comments/Reviews

  • MO says:
    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    So much more than just tools, templates, and jigs, November 29, 2013
    By 
    MO (Boulder, CO USA) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Acoustic Guitar Making: How to make Tools, Templates, and Jigs (Paperback)
    I’m a lutherie student just finishing up my first classical guitar build. I have the benefit of in depth instruction on fine wood working and a classical guitar instructor with years of experience and hundreds of builds performed by himself and his students. All told I’m still very much a beginner but I’d like to think I’m off on a much more solid foundation than the average beginner. That said I think this book has much to to teach someone starting out, but may be a little basic for an expert.

    I also think the title of this book is misleading because it includes a whole lot more than just tools, jigs, and templates. Honestly many of the jigs and tools aren’t all that innovative or unusual if you do any kind of web research. What I found most useful were the sections that talked more about techniques and approaches.

    Before I hit a few highlights be advised that this book is NOT telling you how to build a guitar. Think of it more as a notebook of discoveries, techniques, and ideas that can help you build a guitar. This book is also focused more on steel string construction, though I’d say 85-90% of it can apply to steel or classical.

    There are tons of photos throughout the book. In many ways you might compare it to Bogdanovich’s defining text on classical guitar building, however I think the photo quality isn’t nearly as good (all black and white) and don’t illustrate all the concepts quite as clearly. You definitely have to read and think through everything much more so than Bog’s book.

    For me I found the following sections useful:
    – Finishing. A very nice overview of some basic techniques, how they can be used together or separately, and how to apply them. This isn’t a comprehensive rundown on finishing but it’s a great place for beginners to start. I’m painfully familiar with French polish but I really enjoyed reading alternate techniques.
    – More advanced neck and fingerboard techniques including binding and laminating
    – The quick section on inlays. By itself not very helpful in doing inlay, but as a quick overview of what to expect and basic concepts it was helpful.
    – Some nice theory notes on guitar construction and design. Again steel string focused but I think much would translate to classical
    – Tips and tricks for basic skills such as gap filling, sanding, gluing, etc. These skills seem simple, but I’ve really struggled to master some of them. I much appreciated an alternate point of view on these techniques.
    – And various odds and ends – even a little bit on making your own custom label using online tools

    For the price it’s a steal, but you have to consider this a collection of ideas and techniques you can run with. Not as a definitive instruction book.

    I’m dropping a star just because I was hoping for more on classical guitars, and the photo quality isn’t the greatest.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  • Denny K says:
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Ultimate guitar making guide, October 2, 2013
    By 
    Denny K (VISALIA, CA, US) –

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Acoustic Guitar Making: How to make Tools, Templates, and Jigs (Paperback)
    This book is, without a doubt, THE book on guitar making that I have been searching for. I look so forward to reading it. It is much more than I had expected.
    I have been a woodworker for over 30 years and, not really tiring of making furniture, but recently retired, I wanted to step up my skills and have wanted to build a guitar for years. I have a library of guitar books and this one is the best.
    I so appreciate jigs, that when I read through the section on jigs I was majorly impressed. I’ve been surfing all over the internet looking for something and nothing is as thorough as Brian’s book. The money that will be saved by making my own tools and jigs makes this purchase a great value.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  • James Schramm says:
    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This book will pay for itself, many times over; in dollars, time and avoiding, costly/catastrophic, mistakes!, November 23, 2013
    By 

    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Acoustic Guitar Making: How to make Tools, Templates, and Jigs (Paperback)
    Rarely, do I write reviews for anything. I have to be,very, impressed!

    I’m in the process of building my first acoustic guitar, from a kit. I have a 45 year background in woodworking, but building a guitar demands a degree of precision that I have not needed, to date.

    This is the third “how to” book that I have purchased on guitar building and it is, by far, the best! Truly, this is a book that I wish I had known about and bought, when I started the project. Brian’s,”how to”, explanations are concise and easy to understand. Just, the sections on how to make some of the tools, (that I had, already bought, and they were expensive), I’d have saved several hundred dollars. He, also, simplifies certain, “scary” things, that if you make a mistake, it could ruin or, if not ruin, cost you alot in both, time and money to repair. For me, routing the rabbets for the binding has been the worst, heart stopping part, so far! Brian’s explanation for doing this step, help to make it, less, daunting…though it, still, makes my knees shake. (Brian’s YouTube videos, are also excellent.)

    If you decide to build your own guitar, this book should be the first thing you buy, even, before you buy the wood or the kit! I, also, highly, recommend Bill Corey’s, “Building Martin-style Acoustic Guitar Kits”. The insights that you will gain from these two experienced and talented people are, in my opinion, essential to you having an enjoyable and successful experience.

    Happy building!

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

Powered by Yahoo! Answers