By Jean-Pierre Laplante The laminated archtop guitar is a great-sounding instrument for lots of playing styles—look no further than Gibson for proof. Using pre-arched and pre-bent laminates from the suppliers listed in this book gives the first-time archtop builder a big head start. Luthier J.P. Laplante's new step-by-step book is a straightforward guide to all the other construction details. From sketching a plan to stringing up the finished guitar, the entire process is meticulously photographed with many modern work-saving tools shown in use. You'll even learn a few custom touches like how to make a wooden tailpiece, a fingerrest, and pickup mounting rings. 183 pages, softcover.