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Build Your Own Electric Guitar: Custom Guitar Assembly Made Easy Paperback – Jun 1986

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Bold Strummer Ltd (June 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961836105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961836108
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,814,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa34c0564) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa33bb57c) out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Worth Finding April 6 2000
By Tucker Amidon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bill Foley's seminal work proved very helpful for me. One could not ask for a more complete text on building a custom electric. I got into guitars and found that the beauty of the construction was something that I had to learn more about. This book gives instructions on how to assemble your own custom axe from popular manufacturers' assembly-ready guitar parts. And even if you aren't going to make your own, buy this one to learn all about how the different parts work, from standard pickups to humbuckers, from tremolo and tonal controls to passive, noiseless pickups. The advice he gives also helped me choose specific components for my guitar, and then told me how to put it all together. Although it is out of print, try to order it through Amazon's Out-of-Print service, which has helped me in the past. A must for a guitar lover.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa341ebac) out of 5 stars A useful book for beginners Nov. 15 2000
By Nicholas Gomez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting book for complete beginners. The instructions show the reader how to assemble a custom made guitar from popular manufacturers parts. There are no photos, only drawings. The wiring diagrams appear to be quite useful. When used in conjunction with a proper parts catalogue like Stewart-Macdonald's, it would appear that the reader should be able to construct his or her own custom built electric guitar.
HASH(0xa341eeac) out of 5 stars Great book for building a guitar from available parts Nov. 21 2014
By Del Hollingsworth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I got a copy of this book back in the mid 80's just as the Floyd Rose tremolo was gaining acceptance and the build it yourself ethos was coming to the forefront. In the early to mid 80's you were hard pressed to find an off the shelf guitar that fit your specific needs. Your only alternative was to pay large amounts of money for a custom made guitar from Jackson, Torres, Schecter or the like or build it yourself.

With Parts purchased from various sources and this book, I was able to assemble, adjust, and prep the guitar to get the playability and sound I was after. To this date it has served as a great reference in maintenance, adjustment, and guide for modification for me.

The book is well written and easy to understand. It is well laid out and provides the right information to adjust & install bridge assemblies, adjust necks properly, and how to finish and dress frets.

To this day some 30 years later the guitar I built using this guide by Bill Foley, still surpasses the setups and factory prep that my other guitars have.

If you get a chance to get this out of print book to help you with building and/or setting up your guitar, try to get a copy.
HASH(0xa32221e0) out of 5 stars A good starter book... Dec 9 2015
By Kenneth Hall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A bit dated but covers the bases for the novice who wants to build his/her own guitar from ready-made parts...
HASH(0xa3222744) out of 5 stars Five Stars Feb. 27 2015
By K. McCune - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Delivered fine. Packed well. Item as described. Would buy from again. Thank you!