Making a Concert Classical Guitar

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Making a Concert Classical Guitar

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With John Bogdanovich
10-disc DVD set! The ultimate video resource for building a concert-grade classical guitar.

15 hours, 10 DVDs — The definitive resource!
Enthusiastic readers of John's popular book Classical Guitar Making encouraged the production of this tour de force 10-disc set. This is the most complete video resource for building a concert-grade classical guitar. Every construction step is demonstrated in clear and concise wide-screen detail, with helpful graphics featured at key stages. The production quality is outstanding.

"When building my first guitar I found it necessary to amass a huge pile of reference material because all the information did not exist in any one place. Now all you need is contained on these 10 discs, including the drawings. Here is a golden opportunity to really learn about guitars, the art of guitar making, and pick up some pretty good woodworking tips and techniques along the way."
—John Bogdanovich

Making a Concert Classical Guitar is aimed at the experienced woodworker. The DVDs introduce new techniques for incorporating a treble-enhancing open lower transverse soundboard brace, a different design than the guitar construction in John's book.

Essential PDF files are included for printing out full-sized guitar plans, templates, and drawings for making useful construction fixtures.

Disc 1 Tools Making workboards Wood Making bindings
Disc 2 Making trim Bending and laminating the sides Making and installing the linings
Disc 3 Making the neck Shaping and drilling the headstock Shaping the heel
Disc 4 Jointing and shaping the top Making the rosette
Disc 5 Bracing and voicing the soundboard
Disc 6 Jointing, shaping and bracing the back Assembling the neck and sides
Disc 7 Fitting and installing the top and back Cutting binding channels Installing purflings
Disc 8 Installing bindings Making, installing and fretting the fingerboard
Disc 9 Final shaping the neck Making the bridge Varnishing the guitar
Disc 10 Fitting the nut and saddle Gluing the bridge Installing tuners Stringing and final setup Insightful intterview and concert by guitarist Stanley Yates, playing the finished guitar.

Printable PDF files on Disc 10:
Full-size guitar plans
Top and back templates
Solera with rims
Side slot cutting jig
Purfling cutter
Inside heel cutting sled
Shooting boards
Bench hook
Bridge locator

Will this video play on your equipment?
This DVD set is not "region specific," and is intended for worldwide viewing.


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Excellent Workshop ! Extremely complete and detailed ...


Verified Buyer

First of all thanx to the author. this man is a true master luthier and he has shared all of his skills without even hiding a Word as his personal secret , he works extremely clean and his woodworking skills are really superior as his lutherie and acoustic knowledge.
I have found everything i need in detail by watching this video workshop and im really pleased !
I do really recommend this DVD set , this is not a beginner thing , even if you are a experienced luthier maybe you can find many helpful methods and details in this dvd set.


Complete resource


Covers aspects of traditional (and modern) classical guitar construction in excellent detail. Of course there was some head scratching every now and then, but building a Hauser style classical is not a cakewalk. The author's available jigs and quick email response (how uncommon is this!) minimize woodworking "risks." Plus it enabled the unimaginable...building a complete (beautiful) instrument from scratch, first try, that works as intended.

Pros: The author's process enables consistency in every instrument produced...same shape, same air volume, same neck angle, etc. The belief is that this eliminates variables so the builder can focus on tuning the individual components of the instrument (soundboard, bracing, back, etc.).

The only con is that the process is not quick, easy, or cheap (for a single instrument)...but the author points this out up front. Of course, this statement assumes that the builder does not already have all necessary tools and equipment.

Very highly recommended in any case. The author's book on the subject, which is comparatively inexpensive, uses many of the same techniques. For me, watching the author execute tasks (in video) made all of the difference.


Complete information


Verified Buyer

The information John presents is VERY complete. I've built a few guitars, with a stack of books about construction, but these videos took a lot of guesswork out and explains a lot of theory. It IS worth the price.


Perfect Guitar Building Guide


This dvd set guides you through every stage of classical guitar making including the solera. The stages are neatly and clearly presented and provide an excellent resource for all levels of guitar builders. This dvd set is a sound investment and well worth the money, thoroughly recommended.

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