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Fred Tellier

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I have "Step By Step Guitar Making" by Alex Willis. It is reasonably priced $22.95, contains excellent color photos, descriptions of the building of a 000 sized cutaway guitar and even the plans for the guitar. Some of what he does is a little different but it is excellent reading and has usable information. I love reading so am a sucker for books. It can be found at
http://www.foxchapelpublishing.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=2112

Fred Tellier

Jun 12, 07 | 1:16 pm
billm

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Total Posts: 145
Yeah, I'm a book collecter too -

Anyway, just saw this at the bookstore, thought another reference is always welcome so bought a copy. At first glance looks pretty good, although you're right about some different choices (for example using a Spanish heel on a OM). Going to enjoy going through it

Aug 12, 07 | 2:32 pm
Puzzleguy

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Not so sure about this book- I bought it and read it ( I have a vast collection of Luthier books ) I also feel he is not experienced enough luthier ( as per the book he hasnt built that many guitar's )( under 10) a few of the steps seem different enough to be worth the read - but not seasoned enough to be taken seriously. Thou it was well written and interesting. I wouldnt treat this book as the bible of guitar building thou !

Jul 05, 08 | 1:55 am
Bill Cory

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I don't thank ANY book is the "bible" of guitar building. However, all the different books and different builders' approaches are valuable. Alex Willis' book is okay, from my point of view. They all have something to contribute.

Everyone's tastes differ. My own book, written when I had built ten guitars, had two goals: 1) to serve as an introduction to people who, like me, had not ever even seen a guitar kit or a guitar built from a kit, and knew little about them except from the advertisers whose hype cannot always be trusted, 2) to offer a survey of the major guitar kits available, why and how they are different, etc. The book will be updated and revised later this year.

Although I freely admit I was new and am not (and am not, until I've built at least 50 guitars) an accomplished guitar builder, that very fact made the Complete Guide to Building Kit Acoustic Guitars a valuable source of information. It differed from the books by the seasoned pro's in that my techniques and methods were not "personalized," and were more accessible by more new builders. I had not forgoten the things that stumped me in the beginning -- and still haven't, thanks to this forum and its input.

My new book, being published today, is titled "Building Martin-style Acoustic Guitar Kits," and draws on a bit more knowledge than the first one did. It's a complete build of a Martin kit from unpacking to setup (except for detailed finishing), and I believe will serve a definite purpose: Replacement of the 16-page booklet that Martin includes with their kits. It will be announced here in the forum later today.

Bill

Jul 05, 08 | 4:14 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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Bill,
Reserve my copy of the new book!!!! I want a signed copy.
Looking forward to it.

Kevin

Jul 05, 08 | 6:32 am
Puzzleguy

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Sounds great Bill !- a book like yours has been needed for a long time - most of the kits out their have crappy instruction manuals ( Martin being the worse- glad they are getting their act together ) Let us know how we can get a copy -( hope i dont have to buy a Martin kit ) Their has been alot of books printed over the past 30 years ( most of them are out of print ) They all have someting unusal and fascinating in them . Cant wait to check out your new book !

Jul 06, 08 | 12:50 pm
Bill Cory

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Thanks for those comments. One correction: This book is not commissioned by Martin. They have nothing to do with it, did not "okay" it, and most likely will not endorse it.

It's just a replacement in the free market capitalism system -- an independent replacement for their completely inadequate "Basic Instructions and Helpful Hints for Guitar Kit Construction.

I'll be posting something here about it in a little while.

Thanks --
Bill

Jul 06, 08 | 3:40 pm
Puzzleguy

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Total Posts: 3
I stand corrected ( thanks Bill) Martin has always been slow to change ,( remember how they fought having adjustable truss rods ) but i bet they will see it as a good thing and eventually contact you ( thou it may take a long time- knowing how slow Martin is to change- which in someways is good)

Jul 13, 08 | 4:06 pm



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