- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: NBS Publications; 2nd edition (March 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0953104907
- ISBN-13: 978-0953104901
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Make Your Own Electric Guitar Paperback – March 1, 2003
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What makes this a valuable addition to you library is the large format, with good quality black & white photos printed on a good quality, slick-finish paper. The information that is presented is also a good balance & source of "other ways" do to specific guitar-building activity presented in one of the other good texts on the subject.
Siminoff, Roger, “Constructing a Solid-Body Guitar,” Hal Leonard Books, Milwaukee, WI, 1986.
Erlewine, Dan, “Guitar Player Repair Guide,” GPI Books, San Francisco, 1990.
Brosh, John, editor “Guitar Gear,” GPI Publications, New York, 1985.
Hiscock's book does an excellent job explaining the process and getting priorities in the right order. He has three example projects that step by step model what he's explaining. So not the end-all of this genre, I found it very helpful and I don't think I could have done nearly as good a job without it.
You gotta start somewhere if this is what you want to do, and probably the best place to start compared to anything else out there.
If you are just reading it for educational purposes, you'll be surprised by how much you'll learn.
Although the editing of the book is meant to be read educationally and not as a manual to build your guitar, after a thorough reading you will have a pretty good idea of how to do it. It has a lot of sidenotes and recommendations, and the walkthrough given by the author of the guitars built will surely leave you satisfied with this purchase.
5 Stars definitely.
In my own project I had a strong doubt about neck angle, since I was using a TOM bridge, but this book helped me clear all that.
Filled with black and white illustrations all along, the book deals with designing a body, cutting it, binding it, building a neck from scratch, gluing or bolting it and dealing with electronics, to finally achieving high gloss finish. There is also a very useful set of templates for pickup routing of guitars and basses. In all, with this book and supported by the guitar maker's forums on the net, I was able to build my first guitar. Check my website for pics of my project.
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first guitar and this book was recommended. Excellent reading
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