Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Five, 1997-1999

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The early years of American Lutherie magazine compiled into one conveniently indexed hardcover volume.

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Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Five, 1997-1999

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The early years of American Lutherie magazine compiled into one conveniently indexed hardcover volume.

From the Guild of American Luthiers, this massive collection is a treasure-trove of technical and how-to essays on the art and science of lutherie: tools, wood, construction and repair techniques, finishes, glues, history, and more, plus several detailed instrument plans. Articles are indexed by topic and by author.

The Big Red Books of Lutherie are built to last, with quality binding and hard covers. They're made to be used, too, and will lie open on your workbench. Each volume is 524 pages.

Volume Five contains American Lutherie issues #49-60 from 1997-1999).

Highlights:
•   Building sound in classic guitars with Jeffrey Elliott
•   Jimmy D'Aquisto's archtop guitar design evolution
•   Joseph Curtin updates the viola
•   French polishing with Eugene Clark
•   Resetting a neck with Jeff Traugott
•   Violin scroll carving with Guy Rabut
•   Using hide glue
•   Modern mandolin family
•   Frank Ford's fretting process
•   Restoration of Barrios' Simplicio guitar
•   Wood identification
•   Detailed step-by-step guitar making tutorials with Charles Fox (flattop), Boaz Elkayam (Kasha/Schneider style),Rene Baarslag (classical), and Tom Ribbecke (archtop)
•   Detailed drawings of Martin uke, Barbero flamenco guitar, concert zither, and travel guitar
•   Michael Darnton's Violin Q&A series
•   Meet Augie LoPrinzi, Bonnie Carol, David "Kawika" Hurd, David Gusset, Fred Carlson, Gary Southwell, Grit Laskin, Judy Threet, Hermann Hauser III, Joseph Curtin, Paul Jacobson, Joshia de Jonge, Kent Everett, Linda Manzer, Michael Hornick, Paul McGill, Huss&Dalton, R.E. Brune, Shelley Park, and Steve Kauffman



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An essential reference

By Beau Hannam Guitars from Grand Junction, CO 
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 17, 2012


Jam packed with sound advice, guides, reviews, interviews, tid bits, diagrams and history on all aspects of luthery, the (so far) 5 volumes of the Big Red Book represent an excellent reference section in your library and are interesting to just idly thumb through the pages as well as for addressing a specific problem. Regardless of whether you are a maker of guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, lutes (etc) these books are a fantastic way to educate yourself and further your skills and knowledge in the field. (PS- guitar in pic is Tasmanian Blackwood, L-00)

Worth having

By Keith Hollenbach from Sunbury Pa
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, April 12, 2012


These books are GREAT !!! I have all of them !

Must have books

By Goodin from Knoxville, TN, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, November 22, 2011


These books are loaded with useful information. Lots of great articles and panel discussions by some of the greatest builders of the last 20-30 years.



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