Classical Guitar Making: A Modern Approach to Traditional Design

Classical Guitar Making: A Modern Approach to Traditional Design

by John S. Bogdanovich


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Classical Guitar Making: A Modern Approach to Traditional Design by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402720604
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 569,839
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     viii
Foreword   James Krenov     ix
Foreword   Jeffrey Van     x
Preface     1
Introduction     3
The Guitar     7
Anatomy of the Guitar     8
Sound     12
Choosing to Build or Buy     14
The Wood     17
Types of Wood     18
Moisture Content     20
Cuts, Grain, and Selection     21
The Shop     25
What You Need in Your Shop     26
Jigs You Will Need to Make     31
Hand Tools     34
Vises and Clamps     37
Bench Tools to Make     38
Specialty Items     40
Humidity Control     43
Templates and Molds     45
The Plantilla     46
A Transparent Template     48
Side Mold     50
Lining Mold     53
The Solera     56
Headpiece Template and Drilling Jig     67
Back Workboard     72
Layout and Planning     75
Choosing the Color and Design Scheme     76
Materials and Parts     79
Plans and Layout     84
The Neck     91
The Neck Blank     92
The Headpiece     104
The Heel     109
The Sides     119
Bending and Laminating the Sides     120
Linings     126
Assembling the Neck and Sides     131
The Details     139
Bindings, Purflings, Back and Butt Strips     140
The Wheat Motif     148
The Top     161
Selecting a Top     162
Jointing and Thicknessing     164
The Rosette     168
Bracing and Patches     181
The Back     195
Jointing and Thicknessing     196
Bracing     201
Assembling the Body     211
Before Gluing on the Top     212
Gluing the Top     218
Preparing to Glue on the Back     219
Bindings and Purflings     225
Heel Cap and Butt Strip     234
The Fingerboard     237
Making and Installing the Fingerboard     238
Before Fretting     245
Fretting     246
Shaping the Neck      252
Final Touches
Finishing     259
Understanding Finish     260
Final Touches and Prepping for Finishing     262
French Polishing     266
Lacquering     269
The Bridge     275
Bridge Design     276
Building the Bridge     277
Installing the Bridge     284
The Setup     289
The Nut, Saddle, and Tuning Machines     290
Strings and Final Setup     294
Care of Your Guitar     297
The Gallery     298
Bibliography     302
Metric Equivalents     303
Index     304

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