Making An Archtop Guitar

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By Robert Benedetto
Bob Benedetto's fantastic book on making your own archtop guitar.

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Making An Archtop Guitar

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By Robert Benedetto
Bob Benedetto's fantastic book on making your own archtop guitar.

Best Seller! Ever want to make an archtop guitar? Now you can learn from a true master, Bob Benedetto. The definitive book on carved-top guitarmaking, this book includes sections on wood selection, tap-tuning and plate graduation; tools and fixtures; bracing; finishing techniques, and marketing advice for the luthier. Each step in construction is fully described, with detailed illustrations and fine photography (special color photos of Bob's guitars, too).

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Archtop Guitar Design and Construction

Contents in brief

  • Wood selection
  • Making the body mold
  • Carving the top and back plates
  • Cutting F-holes
  • Top bracing and side bending
  • Neckblock and tailblock construction
  • Gluing the back to the top and sides
  • Cutting the mortise
  • Binding the body
  • Scraping the recurve
  • Making and fitting the neck
  • Fret dressing
  • Fitting the nut
  • Finishing
  • The fittings: tailpiece, bridge, fingerrest, truss rod cover and tuners
  • Final setup
  • Marketing your guitars

276 pages, softcover.

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Making An Archtop Guitar

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great no nonsense book

By D. GALEA from Montreal, CANADA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 08, 2013

clear and detailed, something for all skill levels...he makes it all look easy!

An indispensable Book!

By Ged from Noosa, Queensland, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, April 06, 2012

Along with Bob Benedetto's very detailed drawing of the Archtop guitar, this book is extremely informative and full of very useful "tricks of the trade"
Easy to follow and great value for money.
Ged Blackman, Queensland Australia

Excellent Book

By The Lefty Luthier from Spring Branch, Texas
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 23, 2012

It is really nice to see a book written by a real pro. Far too many of the so-called experts fall far short of their self proclaimed status but Bob certainly does not. An excellent book in all ways.

The best!!!

By Linus a passion for guitars e.U. from Austria
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, September 05, 2010

The Book is very good!

I learned very much from ''Master of Archtop Guitars'' Bob Benedetto. The Guitar on the Picture is a Kind of this Book.

Thank you Mr. Benedetto.

Complete and detailed

By pdbutler from Canoga Park, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 30, 2010

This book is the companion to the video series. I highly recommend it to be used in conjunction with the video. There are suggestions for tools, with some drawings so they can be built to your own needs.

There are also templates for shaping the top and back. A real help for the beginner.

Very nice book

By Capu from Switzerland
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, July 30, 2010

This is a very nice book written by one of the best builders

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