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Making A Laminated Hollowbody Electric Guitar (英語) ペーパーバック – 2005/2/28
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The author has been playingguitar for 55 years and making them for 10 years. With the encouragement ofpeople like Chet Atkins and Bob Benedetto, he decidedto write a book on how to make laminated guitars. It is the only book on thistype of construction and took four years to complete.
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The top and back arching procedure relies on having a well-made factory guitar to take castings from. Which leads to a fundamental question - Why? Why attempt to duplicate at home the construction method put in place to mass produce instruments? You can't possibly better the factory in terms of speed or economy. In this case it would actually be *easier* to employ hand carving methods.
I don't know if Mr. English managed to secure a patent on his neck assembly technique as is mentioned in the text. After repeated reading, I still can't figure out what makes the joint special. The assembly instructions are that vague.
I suppose my biggest beef is that he continually directs you to other books to flesh out the building process. Robert Benedetto and Hideo Kamimoto are mentioned repeatedly and those are indeed excellent resources. For those interested in building any form of arched top instrument, the Benedetto book is the one to buy. This book is for those who have to own every book ever published on the subject. Having read it it now, I'll put it on the shelf and likely never open it again.
The author says"Tablesaws are notorious for cutting off fingers"- PLEASE don't say things like that!!! Such a statement would be taboo in any shop that I have worked in- like telling someone on a ladder "not to break their neck", you just don't do it. The usual warning about the danger of power tools would be sufficient, IMO.
I will agree the book can be hard to follow and some of the methods are crude. The author points out he no longer uses most of the methods he began with and has updated his process for completing a build. He also states this is not a bible on how its done. This book is a nice tool for a person interested in laminate hollow body construction.
I would not advise a complete beginner in using this book to attempt building a guitar.
If you are worried then maybe find a used copy here on Amazon. I have my original and refer back to it often to spark up new ideas