Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Three 1991-1993

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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 Three 1991-1993

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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 Three contains American Lutherie issues #25-36 from 1991-1993).

Highlights:
•   Jean Larrivee on steel string guitars
•   Carruth on free-plate tuning
•   Warmoth guitar factory tour
•   Al Stancel on violin pegbox repair
•   Larrivee factory tour
•   Al Stancel on violin cracks
•   Organizing work space with Elliott, Somogyi, Brune, Brandt, Schneider,
and Wilson
•   Taylor factory tour
•   Selmer guitars
•   Harp guitars, old and new
•   Graphite guitars
•   North American softwoods
•   Gibson factory tour
•   Brune restores a Torres guitar
•   Geary Baese on the finish of the Rawlins Strad guitar
•   Jeffrey Elliott replaces a guitar top
•   Michael Darnton on violin setup
•   Alternative lutherie woods
•   Finishing to hide repair work by Dan Erlewine
•   Guitar dynamics and design by Somogyi
•   Hardanger fiddle by David Golber
•   Detailed drawings of 1973 Romanillos guitar, prima gusli, Dyer harp guitar, Segovia's 1937 Hauser, Klein harp guitar, kabosy, and 1816 Martinez guitar
•   Meet makers Dan Erlewine, George Gorodnitsky, Donald Warnock, Herb David, Hideo Kamimoto, Michael Darnton, Maurice Dupont, Richard Schneider, Ren Ferguson, H.E. Huttig, Guy Rabut, Michael Sanden, Tom Ribbecke, and Ervin Somogyi



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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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