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.