Paperback: 508 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (September 14, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.2 x 11 inches
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I'm a lutherie student just finishing up my first classical guitar build. I have the benefit of in depth instruction on fine wood working and a classical guitar instructor with years of experience and hundreds of builds performed by himself and his students. All told I'm still very much a beginner but I'd like to think I'm off on a much more solid foundation than the average beginner. That said I think this book has much to to teach someone starting out, but may be a little basic for an expert.I also think the title of this book is misleading because it includes a whole lot more than just tools, jigs, and templates. Honestly many of the jigs and tools aren't all that innovative or unusual if you do any kind of web research. What I found most useful were the sections that talked more about techniques and approaches.Before I hit a few highlights be advised that this book is NOT telling you how to build a guitar. Think of it more as a notebook of discoveries, techniques, and ideas that can help you build a guitar. This book is also focused more on steel string construction, though I'd say 85-90% of it can apply to steel or classical.There are tons of photos throughout the book. In many ways you might compare it to Bogdanovich's defining text on classical guitar building, however I think the photo quality isn't nearly as good (all black and white) and don't illustrate all the concepts quite as clearly. You definitely have to read and think through everything much more so than Bog's book.For me I found the following sections useful: - Finishing. A very nice overview of some basic techniques, how they can be used together or separately, and how to apply them.
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