Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 1985-1987

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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 One, 1985-1987

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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 One contains American Lutherie issues #1-12 from 1985-1987.

•   The Hauser tradition by Jeffrey Elliott
•   Violin sound physics by Carleen Hutchins
•   Pearl inlay by David Nichols
•   Air resonance by W.D. Allen
•   Tuning violin plates by Keith Hill
•   The business of lutherie with Gruhn, Klein, Lundberg, Krimmel, Brune, Meltz, Grimes, Davis, and Umanov
•   Guitar sound physics by Caldersmith
•   Rosewoods by John Jordan
•   Ramirez workshop by William Tapia
•   The Dobro by Bobby Wolfe
•   Guitar frets by Roger Sadowsky
•   Violin acoustics by George Bissinger
•   Paisley Tele by Dave Schneider
•   Epoxy by Paul Jacobson
•   Vihuela and viola da mano by John Rollins
•   Evolution of the hammered dulcimer by Sam Rizzetta
•   Temperaments by Edward Kottick
•   Bracing and guitar resonance by J. and O. Jovicic
•   Thoughts on new guitar designs by Steve Klein, Gila Eban, and Fred Carlson
•   Flattop bass design thoughts by Harry Fleishman, Tim Olsen, Richard Ennis, Bill McCaw, and David Freeman
•   Detailed drawings of 1918 Martin 1-18, 1932 Martin C-3, Kamanche, Kasha guitar soundboard, 1943 Hauser Sr. classical guitar, flattop bass, tar, modified F-3 mandolin, and sami-sen
•   Meet makers C.F. Martin III, C.F. Martin IV, Manuel Velazquez, William Del Pilar, John Monteleone, Paul Schuback, Harvey Thomas, Jeffrey Elliott, and Robert Steinegger

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Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 1985-1987

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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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