By Ervin Somogyi A comprehensive look into the design and construction of the steel-string acoustic and classical guitar, from a master luthier, teacher and guitar theoretician. Book One, The Responsive Guitar, explores the current and historical "why" of guitarmaking: soundbox dynamics and voicing, bracing theory, the mechanics of sustain, projection and playability, and more. In Book Two, Making The Responsive Guitar, Ervin Somogyi applies these principles to the "how" of guitarmaking: the entire process from first to last steps. These books are Somogyi's masterwork, formidable classics of guitarmaking literature to be treasured by serious students of the craft.
342 and 282 pages, hardcover; supplied in a handsome protective slipcase.
"I expect these books to become the textbooks for guitarmakers for the next generation." —Dick Boak, C.F. Martin & Co.
DVD also available:Voicing the Guitar contains Ervin's 2009 Healdsburg lecture to fellow luthiers, in which he discusses the mechanics of guitar responsiveness.
Book One, The Responsive Guitar Handmade vs. factory-made guitars Wood as a material Dynamics of the guitar Functions and selection of bracing and bracing systems Basics of guitar design Physics of the neck Functions of the guitar back Problems of intonation The guitar bridge A rational approach to voicing the soundbox Dynamic importance of the soundhole Amplifyiing and recording acoustic guitars Aesthetics and ornamentation Guitar cutaways Domes vs. flat face construction Joinery and the neck/body joint Action, setup and playability Mechanisms of sustain and projection Long-term changes in tone A common vocabulary for sound Finishing The flamenco guitar 342 pages, hardcover.
Book Two, Making The Responsive Guitar Tools, sharpening and tool usage Molds, jigs and workboards Wood treatment and storage Glues and adhesives Constructing the soundboard and back Making the neck, heel and head Making the sides, blocks and linings Body assembly Bindings, purflings and channels Cutaway joinery Neck alignment and attachment Proper treatment of the fretboard and frets Making, placing and setting up the bridge Action, setup, playability and intonation French polish finishing Fixing mistakes Evaluating your guitar Marketing your work 282 pages, hardcover
Ervin Somogyi is a renowned California guitarmaker and lutherie instructor whose instruments are prized for their extraordinary voicing and astounding craftsmanship. His approach and philosophy of lutherie are the result of over 40 years of acoustic guitarmaking.