Learn how to create your own classical guitar (not an inexpensive undertaking) with this highly specialized first book by luthier and guitarist Bogdanovich, who makes his love for the instrument clear. He dissects and explains the classical guitar, discusses the types of materials evaluated for sound quality, and lists required tools. However, there are some organizational flaws, e.g., the illustrations and text are not aligned. Further, the instructions, while detailed, are complex; the terminology is not defined; and advanced understanding of woodworking technique is assumed. This book is not for the faint of heart or the underfunded. But with its help and enough money and determination, you can, indeed, make your own guitar. Recommended for large collections or where there is demand.
Classical Guitar Making: A Modern Approach to Traditional Designby John S. Bogdanovich
What a thrill for any musician: playing a fine-sounding instrument that he or she has lovingly crafted from scratch. With this richly illustrated manual, well-known luthier and guitarist John Bogdanovich shows exactly how to build that first, beautiful guitar, using traditional, time-tested methods. All that’s required are basic woodworking techniques and a minimally equipped shop. Bogdanovich discusses the anatomy of the guitar, sound, choosing an instrument, selecting woods, templates and molds, and preparation. In more than 300 pages of text, he painstakingly lays out the details of construction, from assembling the neck and sides to installing the fingerboard and bridge.
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