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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.


Good book for someone new to guitar making


Good book to gain a quick understanding of the classical guitar. I found the level of details appropriate for someone who has little prior knowledge. The illustrations are also well done. I would have liked the book to include paper templates, either actual size or scaled, for some components of the plans. The only negative I found was the measurements were in inches and cms in the same plan. You will need a conversion calculator whether you are a metric or an imperial person.

Sydney, Australia


Detailed Step-By-Step


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!



Classical Guitar Making

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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: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st February 2007
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.0 x 21.6  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.57
Edition Number: 2