Electric Guitar & Bass Design

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By Leonardo Lospennato
How to design a solidbody instrument that looks, plays and sounds the way you really want.

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By Leonardo Lospennato
How to design a solidbody instrument that looks, plays and sounds the way you really want.

The design process, from first draft to full plan!
When you're ready to add your own ideas to your solidbody guitar or bass building project, you'll find no better guide than this one for making successful decisions. It's all about the design process—a departure from the usual step-by-step construction books. It's planning the ergonomics and proportions; pickup choices and placement for best response; controls and wiring layouts for versatile sound; wood selection for sustain; hardware compatibility, neck customization for ease of playing, and the aesthetics of the instrument. Everything to consider before you start cutting wood for the guitar or bass of your dreams!

Contents in brief

  • Searching for the perfect guitar and planning your project
  • Beauty, playability and sound
  • Designing the body shape and headstock; ergonomics
  • Neck design: angled vs. bolt-on necks; truss rods
  • Fretboard design: scale length; radiused and compound radius fingerboards; fretwire choice
  • Pickup selection: how pickups work, how magnets and coils affect sound, single-coils vs. humbuckers
  • Controlling the pickups: pots, switches and coil-tapping
  • Guitar and bass electronics: pot values and taper; specialty pots; capacitors; drawing the wiring diagram
  • Wiring, shielding and grounding; electronics safety, common wiring diagrams; active electronics
  • Secrets of sustain
  • Selecting the right hardware and wood
  • Finishing: wood preparation, nitrocellulose lacquer, oil, polyester, waterbase lacquer, colors and sunbursts
  • Interviews with guitar designers; lutherie woods; pickup color codes; cavity templates

219 pages, softcover.


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Electric Guitar & Bass Design

By Bro & the Geneband from Dixon,Mo
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 21, 2013


A great book for people who make guitars or just like understand about making guitars. I made 17 guitars this year and I wish i would have had this book before I started building. A real time saver with tons of hints to help any one who wants be a guitar maker.

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By Matteo Gandolfi from Bassano del Grappa, Italy
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 11, 2013


Probably the most useful book if you want to build your own electric guitar (or bass). I started with the intention of building a Gibson Explorer replica, but now thanks to this book I'm into a completely original project (inspired by the Explorer, in any case). It can show you several tricks, and it guides you through the project and design phase, that is one of the most important phases of electric guitar manufacturing. You will avoid lots of mistakes!

excellent

By jiROck Custom from Philippines
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 24, 2013


the best for reference. :)

Electric Guitar & Bass Design

By A,heard from Michigan, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, October 05, 2012


Great Book! I recommend it. Building my first guitar, it shows a lot of mistakes and tips for a beginner.

Great book!!!

By Daniel Martins from Portugal
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 30, 2012


I love the book, it helped me a lot with certain details in my guitar project!!!

Great reference

By Jon Nixon from Virginia
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, July 26, 2012


An invaluable book for someone wanting to build a custom electric. Information is clear and concise. The price seems initially high but the information can save you from time-wasting trial and error. The chapter on setting the neck angle alone is worth the money if you are a beginner.

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By lefty's rule from duluth mn
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 02, 2012


this book is good for the novice builder who wants to design a guitar from scratch.also good for someone with experince building guitars to get another person veiw on how they go about designing guitars.

Great Book 

By Watson Guitars from Lakeville, MN
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, May 07, 2012


Lots of good things in here! Will help avoid alot of mistakes in designing guitars. All sorts of helpful ideas and tips to put in your head.

An amazing book

By ttritt from Middleport, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 19, 2012


I just finished reading it. I loved reading this book, and Leo even adds a little humor here and there. This book is a great investment in my opinion, an essential to add to your collection.

Essential Reading

By bill c from boston
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, July 31, 2011


I've read parts or all of 1/2 dozen books on building a guitar and this one filled in ALL the blanks. I loved Hisacock's book--a bible I refer to often--but Lospennato's book was just what I was looking for. It is a fast read and it explained in clear diagrams and bullet points the concepts for proper design so that you can understand relative measurements, anticipate mistakes and identify design flaws, and truly feel that you understand the difference between what you can and can't alter for style. Just appreciating how measurements from the bridge are central to your build was worth the price of the book. It helped me understand the reasons that playability and tone are effected by design and build.

For all the knowledge I had gained in reading and re-reading other guitar-making books, I was haunted by a number of questions that this book finally answered. In explaining not just "How" but "Why," this book allowed me to proceed with much more relaxed confidence as I take the router to the wood.

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