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Classical Guitar Making : A Modern Approach to Traditional Design - John S. Bogdanovich

Classical Guitar Making

A Modern Approach to Traditional Design


Published: 1st February 2007
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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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    Great introduction to Guitar Making! Comprehensive, easy to understand, easy to follow. Doesn't include much of the why we do certain things in Guitar Making, but more of the how. Has considerable background information on tools, setting up workshop, timber technology etc. Traditional construction techniques using modern tools. Great Book!

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    Acknowledgmentsp. viii
    Forewordp. ix
    Forewordp. x
    Prefacep. 1
    Introductionp. 3
    The Guitarp. 7
    Anatomy of the Guitarp. 8
    Soundp. 12
    Choosing to Build or Buyp. 14
    The Woodp. 17
    Types of Woodp. 18
    Moisture Contentp. 20
    Cuts, Grain, and Selectionp. 21
    The Shopp. 25
    What You Need in Your Shopp. 26
    Jigs You Will Need to Makep. 31
    Hand Toolsp. 34
    Vises and Clampsp. 37
    Bench Tools to Makep. 38
    Specialty Itemsp. 40
    Humidity Controlp. 43
    Templates and Moldsp. 45
    The Plantillap. 46
    A Transparent Templatep. 48
    Side Moldp. 50
    Lining Moldp. 53
    The Solerap. 56
    Headpiece Template and Drilling Jigp. 67
    Back Workboardp. 72
    Layout and Planningp. 75
    Choosing the Color and Design Schemep. 76
    Materials and Partsp. 79
    Plans and Layoutp. 84
    The Neckp. 91
    The Neck Blankp. 92
    The Headpiecep. 104
    The Heelp. 109
    The Sidesp. 119
    Bending and Laminating the Sidesp. 120
    Liningsp. 126
    Assembling the Neck and Sidesp. 131
    The Detailsp. 139
    Bindings, Purflings, Back and Butt Stripsp. 140
    The Wheat Motifp. 148
    The Topp. 161
    Selecting a Topp. 162
    Jointing and Thicknessingp. 164
    The Rosettep. 168
    Bracing and Patchesp. 181
    The Backp. 195
    Jointing and Thicknessingp. 196
    Bracingp. 201
    Assembling the Bodyp. 211
    Before Gluing on the Topp. 212
    Gluing the Topp. 218
    Preparing to Glue on the Backp. 219
    Bindings and Purflingsp. 225
    Heel Cap and Butt Stripp. 234
    The Fingerboardp. 237
    Making and Installing the Fingerboardp. 238
    Before Frettingp. 245
    Frettingp. 246
    Shaping the Neckp. 252
    Final Touches
    Finishingp. 259
    Understanding Finishp. 260
    Final Touches and Prepping for Finishingp. 262
    French Polishingp. 266
    Lacqueringp. 269
    The Bridgep. 275
    Bridge Designp. 276
    Building the Bridgep. 277
    Installing the Bridgep. 284
    The Setupp. 289
    The Nut, Saddle, and Tuning Machinesp. 290
    Strings and Final Setupp. 294
    Care of Your Guitarp. 297
    The Galleryp. 298
    Bibliographyp. 302
    Metric Equivalentsp. 303
    Indexp. 304
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    ISBN: 9781402720604
    ISBN-10: 1402720602
    Audience: Professional
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 1st February 2007
    Publisher: STERLING PUB
    Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.6  x 2.69
    Weight (kg): 1.57
    Edition Number: 2