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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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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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5 12-21-2013
Electric Guitar & Bass Design

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.

Bro & the Geneband  Dixon,Mo
5 9-11-2013
Electric Guitar & Bass Design

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!

Matteo Gandolfi  Bassano del Grappa, Italy Read my reviews (5)
5 5-24-2013

the best for reference. :)

jiROck Custom  Philippines Read my reviews (58)
5 10-05-2012
Electric Guitar & Bass Design

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

A,heard  Michigan, USA
4 7-30-2012
Great book!!!

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

Daniel Martins  Portugal
5 7-29-2012
Electric Guitar and Bass Design

I used this book as a guide to design a bass guitar for my son. It has been a great resource, and has saved us a huge amount of time by simplifying the process, and has helped ovoid many potential pitfalls that can occur when designing an instrument from scratch.

Marcus Dominelli  Victoria, B.C. Canada Read my reviews (2)
4 7-26-2012
Great reference

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.

Jon Nixon  Virginia Read my reviews (6)
5 7-02-2012
guitar design

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.

lefty's rule  duluth mn Read my reviews (32)
5 5-07-2012
Great Book

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.

Watson Guitars  Lakeville, MN Read my reviews (6)
5 1-19-2012
An amazing book

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.

ttritt  Middleport, NY Read my reviews (2)
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