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Complete Guide to Building Kit Acoustic Guitars: Discover the Joy of Building Your Own Quality Musical Instrument Paperback – October 10, 2017
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I've had big jobs in corporations, little night jobs in 7-Elevens, grunt construction jobs, research and writing jobs, and been a writer all my life -- but no work I've ever done has been as rewarding as building and playing my own guitars built from kits. Why not kits? It's the way to learn and it's fun!
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Twelve years ago, I asked, "Could I actually build a guitar?" I was 57 years old, hadn’t built anything of wood since 1962 in 7th grade wood shop (a coat rack), and owned no woodworking tools. I didn't know people built guitars of their own!
But I was intrigued by the possibility. I studied the Stewart-MacDonald catalog and ordered a kit, a 12-fret rosewood and spruce 000. A few months later, I was playing it! It was an amazing and memorable experience. I decided to do it again, and again ...
Now twelve years later, many more guitars have come out of my little home shop—all from kits. Brazilian rosewood/Coastal Redwood...Indian rosewood/cedar ...mahogany/Sitka ... Indian rosewood/red spruce—all kinds of standard and exotic wood combinations and body styles. It has been a blast. And, it has produced this book about acoustic kits—the only book specifically dedicated to acoustic kits and their place in the guitar building world.
Complete Guide to Building Kit Acoustic Guitars has helped hundreds, possibly thousands, of beginning guitar builders worldwide to begin to build their own quality acoustic guitars. Until now, it's only been available with spiral binding. With this revision, the perfect binding is also available.
Here are a few highlights:
• Why a Kit? Why not?
• Tools you'll need and how to save on them
• Your space requirements (not much!)
• Where to get the right kit for you
• How to create a completely custom kit
• How long it will take to build
• Tools you can build
• Resources for guitar builders
• Detailed building logs for two guitars
• Complete Glossary of lutherie terms
• A complete build, illustrated step by step
• ... and a whole lot more, illustrated with over 450 pictures
I love building guitars and playing them! I also enjoy writing, and this book has allowed me both of those enjoyable pursuits. Completely revised and updated, the book reflects my continuing enthusiasm and learning about this “little brother to lutherie,” the building of kit guitars by beginners and hobby builders.
This is the only book dedicated to guitar making with guitar kits. It’s a specialty, for sure. But does a kit end up being a <i>real</i> guitar? <i>You can bet on it!</i> Some of my guitars, made from choice woods, are the match of guitars created by the major companies in the world, both for playability and tone. And they look great, too!
Please take a look into the book, follow a link from page 5 to hear and see a couple of my kits being played. They sound good, but I'm sure yours can sound and look even better! If you've thought about it, now find out about it too! Get this book today! (Hint, ladies: It makes a great gift for a husband looking for a new challenge!)
In this book Bill Cory has taken the guess work out of deciding on what guitar kit would best suit the prospective amateur guitar builder. His wide hands on experience also gives an informed insight into the FAQs, contents, quality of materials and pitfalls that can come with kit guitar building. He gives the lowdown on the right tools you'd need and some you can build yourself which is a real money saver. Another really great section is the step by step, photo by photo, overview of the building of a kit guitar.
Set out in plain, easy to read and understandable language with so many detailed photos on almost every page, this book is a must have for anyone who wants to be able to successfully build their own acoustic guitar.
After reading this book, I was much more comfortable with my decision for which company to purchase my first kit from. And, after receiving the kit, it is very helpful in the actual building process.
The book can be purchased directly from the author. Just web-search the book name or author.
DON'T BE SCARED-OFF by some of the outrageous prices you see from some sellers. Seek out the direct source.
The author also hosts a forum for kit guitar building which is EXCELLENT! There are many kit-guitar builders posting questions as well as invaluable advice/tips for each aspect of the building process. Some of these folks are hobby builders at different levels of experience, and some are professionals in instrument repair and building. Best of all, it is a friendly bunch of folks, with a genuine interest in helping others succeed.
Also, while I haven't purchased them yet, there are other books for kit-guitar builders by the same author, which are supposed to be very good. (This according to other kit-guitar builders, via forum).
I HIGHLY recommend this book.