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Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology

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Hailed by Guitar Player magazine as "perhaps the finest book on guitars ever produced," and by Booklist as "a Rolls Royce of construction guidebooks," this impressive volume is the first book of its kind to describe in depth how both steel-string and classical guitars are actually designed and built. Over 450 photographs, drawings, and diagrams reveal in exquisite detail ...more
Paperback, 387 pages
Published February 1st 1994 by Chronicle Books (first published 1987)
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Serge Pierro
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: music, guitar
This book has been called the "Bible of Guitar Making" by many and although it shows some signs of age, the concept and execution are brilliant. William Cumpiano presents a step by step tutorial on how to build either a classical or steel string guitar, from scratch. There are ample black and white photos throughout, though it is the insightful overviews that will grab your attention. Meticulous detail is presented throughout and I believe that if you have the time to invest in such an endeavor ...more
Sean
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended by a Veteran Luthier, this edition seems dated though does provide both the historical process that is the modern day guitar as well as the technical process.
It is carefully worded in an almost romantic tone however you will have the urge from time to time to skip paragraphs.
Teaches both the insides and outs of Classical Guitars and Steel String acoustics.
It is most definitely geared for production shops with advanced knowledge and even metal work. (It has a chapter dedicated to
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Steven Ricks
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is starting to show its age, and honestly, that's the main reason it only gets 4 stars. It wouldn't take too much to update the book with color photos/diagrams, a slightly modernized tool list and methods using those tools (e.g. Dremel), etc.

It's worth mentioning that this book will not turn you into a master luthier. The book is meant to teach the fundamentals of guitar building, and it does so by walking the reader through the build process of one steel string guitar and one
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Michael
Feb 15, 2008 rated it liked it
This is known as the bible of guitar building and has lots of essential information, however it also details some unecessarily difficult approaches to guitar buidling that make it a more challenging way to build than it needs to be.
Dey Martin
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The holy bible for guitar builders. William Cumpiano is the St. Peter of lutherie.
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