Building Electric Guitars, Book and plan

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By Martin Koch
A comprehensive photo-illustrated manual for building a solidbody or semi-acoustic electric gutar or bass.

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By Martin Koch
A comprehensive photo-illustrated manual for building a solidbody or semi-acoustic electric gutar or bass.

A great way to start!
Everything from design to finishing and final setup is covered step-by-step. The companion full-scale plan details a solidbody guitar with tremolo, two humbuckers and a bolt-on neck.

Building Electric Guitars Book: Featuring nearly 700 photos and illustrations, luthier Martin Koch details the complete building process. You'll find valuable information on wood selection, pickup winding and active electronics, too. 236 pages, softcover.

Book contents
Introduction: parts of an electric guitar • string frequencies • popular body styles

Wood: sound characteristics • drying

Hardware: tuners, nuts, pickguards, fretwire, bridges, tremolos, strings and more

Electronics: making your own pickups • passive and active circuits • shielding

Designing the guitar: scale length • calculating fret positions • truss rod choices • guitar layout • making templates

Workshop and tools: routers, planes, scrapers, saws, sanding, sharpening and safety

Making the body: making a solidbody from a blank • hollowbody construction and binding • semi-acoustic body construction

Making the neck: preparing the neck blank • angled and bolt-on necks • making and installing a truss rod • preparing and installing the fingerboard • fretting • preparing the peghead • neck shaping and fitting

Preparing the body: positioning the bridge • installing a tremolo • routing body cavities

Assembly and wiring: mounting the hardware • installing and shielding the electronics

Finishing: sanding • staining • grain-filling • finishing options and application • polishing

Setup: fret dressing • neck relief • setting the string action • tuning • pickup height • intonation

Neck-through-body construction: making a headless bass

Solidbody Guitar Plan: The 34" x 24" full-scale plan includes a helpful fret placement chart, materials list and wiring diagram. Dimensions are displayed in inches and millimeters for convenience.

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Building Electric Guitars, Book and plan

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the knowlegde

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lots of knowledge went into this book. it is perfect for the beginner like me.


Great expanse of information.

(Customer's Reviews)

I'm a first time builder planning my first guitar build, and this book has already helped tremendously. It goes into much further detail than I imagined for a variety of options, many of which I didn't know existed despite manyyyy hours of internet research. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.



(Customer's Reviews)

Mostly good plan with some small details missing or vague. The overall design including shapes, the zero fret and hardware selection may not be for everyone. Good for a guide and for anyone interested in looking at plans.


Lots of great ideas!

(Customer's Reviews)

This book is great! It shows a lot of really good jigs to get around having lots of machines and shows a wide variety of construction techniques.

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