Building Electric Guitars / Edition 2

Building Electric Guitars / Edition 2

by Martin Koch
     
 

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.See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783901314070
Publisher:
Koch Verlag
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Edition description:
Second Editon
Pages:
236
Sales rank:
271,807
Product dimensions:
7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preparation9
General introduction10
Parts of an electric guitar10
String frequencies11
Guitar classics13
Wood14
Wood for solid-body guitars14
Sound characteristics16
Buying wood16
Drying wood18
Hardware20
Tuners20
Nuts22
Bolt-on neck hardware23
Pickguards23
Fretwire23
Bridges24
Tremolos25
Other hardware parts needed27
Strings28
Guitar electronics29
Pickups29
Making your own pickups38
Magnets38
Pickup bobbins39
Wire39
Strat-style singlecoil bobbin flanges40
Dimensions of a typical Humbucker40
Pickup covers41
Winding pickups42
Potting pickups45
Passive circuits46
Classic circuits56
Active electronics58
Shielding64
Designing the Guitar66
Scale length66
Fret distances tables68
Calculating fret distances70
Laying out the guitar71
Design options72
Truss rods80
Non-adjustable truss rods80
Adjustable truss rods81
Some effects on sound84
Sustain85
Design examples86
Making templates91
Workshop92
Tools93
Power tools94
Plunge router94
Router bits96
Planes98
Scrapers99
Sawing tools100
Sanding tools100
Japanese Tools101
Sharpening102
Alternatives for sharpening103
Safety104
Building105
Making the body106
Making a solid body106
Preparing the body blank106
Gluing up the body blank109
Cutting out the body111
Smoothing the body side112
Sanding the body114
Rounding off the edges115
Making a hollow body116
Hollowing out the body116
Making the top117
Gluing on the top118
Binding118
Making a semi-acoustic body120
Bending the sides121
Gluing the sides to the block123
Making the lining123
Gluing on the lining124
Gluing on the top and back125
Routing the binding rabbet126
Making f-holes127
Making the neck pocket127
Making the neck128
Preparing the neck blank128
Options for making a angled-back head129
Making a glued-on peghead130
Making Trussrods134
Making a one-way twin-rod system134
Making a compression truss rod136
Making the trussrod channel136
Cutting a straight truss rod channel137
Making a curved truss rod channel138
Making the access cavity139
Gluing up a heel139
Fitting the truss rod140
Fitting a truss rod into a one-piece neck140
Fitting a two-way twin truss rod141
Fitting the truss rod cover strip142
Making the peghead142
Gluing on the peghead veneer142
Sawing out the peghead shape143
Fitting a peghead inlay144
Making the fingerboard145
Marking the fret positions145
Making the fret slots146
Gluing on the fingerboard148
Routing the neck shape150
Drilling the tuner holes151
Shaping a Fender-style peghead151
Fitting fingerboard dots153
Fitting side dot markers154
Radiusing the fingerboard155
Installing the frets159
Bending fretwire159
Fretting160
Shaping the neck163
Fitting the neck166
Routing the neck pocket166
Mounting an angled-back neck168
Bolting on the neck170
Positioning the bridge171
Fitting a tremolo172
Making the body cavities175
Routing the pickup cavities175
Routing the control cavity177
Assembling the guitar178
Mounting the hardware178
Wiring the electronics181
Shielding the electronics183
Preparing for finishing184
Repairing dents185
Finish-sanding185
Staining186
Filling the grain187
Finishing188
Applying oil188
Applying wax189
Shellac190
Synthetic finishing materials191
Coloring clear finishes191
Using a brush192
Varnish194
Wiped-on varnish194
My favorate finishing choice194
Spray finishing195
Using spray cans195
Using a spray gun197
Sanding the finish198
Several weeks later199
Polishing the finish200
Fret dressing202
Set-up206
Stringing the guitar206
Tuning207
Adjusting the neck relief208
Setting the string height at the nut209
Setting the action210
Adjusting the pickup height211
Setting the intonation212
Your self-made guitar213
Straight-through neck214
Making a neck-through headless bass215
A Visit to219
Steve Jarman guitars220
Sadowsky guitars224
PRS guitars226
Literature231
Suppliers233
Suppliers mentioned in the book233
Additional instruction materials234
Acknowledgements235

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