“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with Sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirely by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a drill press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

Fret crowning (rounding) file w/ Rosewoo...Bracewood, Khaya, 2nd grade

Guitarmaking: Tradition & Technology



Often called the "Bible" of guitar making this is the most thorough and detailed book available building for both classical and steel string guitar.
With this book the authors fill the gaps that are missing in many of the other books on guitar construction. Both Mr. Cumpiano and Mr. Natelson have had many years of experience in teaching guitar construction and the book is written from the point of view of one who has taught. Their detail and thoroughness are evident in the orderly layout and clear, informative text and photos. As one student mentioned, their methods of carving the neck with a chisel are much more elegant and craftsmen-like than shaping with rasps, surforms, and files. It is a must for every student luthier, and there is undoubtedly much that can be learned by the experienced guitar builder. 380 pages, 347 photographs, and 121 line drawings. Softbound.

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BS0S Guitarmaking: Tradition & Technology Yes $38.00