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"Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar"

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In addition to all the great information on this forum and elsewhere on the web, I purchased the two books referenced most often, Cumpiano's "Guitarmaking" and Jonathan Kinkead's "Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar".

It's probably a matter of personal prefernece, but I enjoyed reading Kinkead and found myself going back to it much more so that I did Cumpiano's as I've been going through the build process.

Just my 2 cents.


Jul 21, 06 | 4:33 pm
Bill Cory

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Kinkead's book is one of the best illustrated of all of them. When Ken (KMG) releases his kits for sale, they are going to be based on that book, and th ebook will accompany each one. Great idea. Add my 2 cents. That's 4ยข now.

Jul 25, 06 | 3:07 pm

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Ed, I too have the two books you mention. I enjoyed them both but I also like Kinkead's book the best. It is well illustrated with nice color photos and is easier to follow than Cumpiano's book. I think the constant switching between SS and Clasical methods is a little confusing. I think it might have worked better if they split the book into two parts, one for steel string and the other for classical. The Martin-inspired OM plans that Kinkead includes is a nice touch too.

Aug 09, 06 | 6:10 am

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I agree; splitting into two parts would have been a much nicer approach. Several times I had to go back and be sure I was reading the steel string vs. classical section.

Nonetheless, if I had to keep only one, it would be Kinkead's without a moments hesitation.



Aug 09, 06 | 1:42 pm

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