- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Bold Strummer Ltd (June 1, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0933224168
- ISBN-13: 978-0933224162
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steel-String Guitar Construction: Acoustic Six-String, Twelve-String, and Arched-Top Guitars
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But I have to take issue with the reader who said Cumpiano's book wasn't up to contemporary standards of building. Having built a guitar with Cumpiano in his shop - preceded by two careful readings of his book - I can personally attest to the value of the writing and of the hundreds of detailed pictures, drawings and diagrams. I highly recommend Cumpiano's book to anyone who is thinking of building a guitar. Updates to some of his procedures are available from Cumpiano's web site.
The book is nicely illustrated with clear black-and-white photographs on nearly every page, many of which are large, full-page pictures. Sloane's method of construction involves the assembly of the rim using a rudimentary mold, then attachment of the back and sides, and then the neck. His method of joining the neck to the body is unusual and I doubt that I would ever attempt it. There are also sections on inlay and finishing techniques.
Like Cumpiano's book this one is quite old and does not reflect recent innovations in guitar construction. I am not certain that builders on a budget would want to put Sloane's book high on their list of required reading. Nevertheless it is a good book and it is always worthwhile to see how different builders go about different ways of solving a problem. As an aside, there is a brief section on archtop guitar construction which is interesting in that it shows famous arch-top makers John D'Angelico and his successor James D'Aquisto at work in their shop. This may be the most worthwhile thing in Sloane's book, given the abundance of guitar construction information available on the internet and in newer publications.