By Martin Koch
A great way to start!
A comprehensive photo-illustrated manual for building a solidbody or semi-acoustic electric gutar or bass.
Everything from design to finishing and final setup is covered step-by-step. The companion full-scale plan details a solidbody guitar with tremolo, two humbuckers and a bolt-on neck.
Building Electric Guitars Book: Featuring nearly 700 photos and illustrations, luthier Martin Koch details the complete building process. You'll find valuable information on wood selection, pickup winding and active electronics, too. 236 pages, softcover.
Introduction: parts of an electric guitar • string frequencies • popular body styles
Wood: sound characteristics • drying
Hardware: tuners, nuts, pickguards, fretwire, bridges, tremolos, strings and more
Electronics: making your own pickups • passive and active circuits • shielding
Designing the guitar: scale length • calculating fret positions • truss rod choices • guitar layout • making templates
Workshop and tools: routers, planes, scrapers, saws, sanding, sharpening and safety
Making the body: making a solidbody from a blank • hollowbody construction and binding • semi-acoustic body construction
Making the neck: preparing the neck blank • angled and bolt-on necks • making and installing a truss rod • preparing and installing the fingerboard • fretting • preparing the peghead • neck shaping and fitting
Preparing the body: positioning the bridge • installing a tremolo • routing body cavities
Assembly and wiring: mounting the hardware • installing and shielding the electronics
Finishing: sanding • staining • grain-filling • finishing options and application • polishing
Setup: fret dressing • neck relief • setting the string action • tuning • pickup height • intonation
Neck-through-body construction: making a headless bass
Solidbody Guitar Plan: The 34" x 24" full-scale plan includes a helpful fret placement chart, materials list and wiring diagram. Dimensions are displayed in inches and millimeters for convenience.