Classical Guitar Making: A Modern Approach to Traditional Design

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Classical Guitar Making: A Modern Approach to Traditional Design

By John Bogdanovich
One of the most visually impressive lutherie books we've seen, covering every step from wood selection to final setup.

A comprehensive, meticulously photographed and authoritatively written guide for the builder who has basic woodworking skills and a minimally equipped shop.

With over 600 excellent color photos and drawings, an accomplished luthier/guitarist guides you through the construction of a fan-braced nylon-string concert guitar with Spanish heel block. Mold and template fabrication are given noteworthy coverage, as well as procedures for finishing in shellac, French polishing and spray lacquer. You'll also learn how to make beautiful wooden bindings, purflings, and a classical bridge from scratch. Reduced-size plans are printed in the book.

310 pages, hardcover.

Chapters in brief:

    Preparation
  • Guitar anatomy
  • Wood selection
  • Shop tools and setup
  • Templates and molds
  • Layout and planning
    Construction
  • The neck
  • The sides
  • The details
  • The top
  • The back
  • Assembling the body
  • The fingerboard
    Final Touches
  • Finishing
  • The bridge
  • Final setup
    Gallery
  • Close-up photos of the finished guitar