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Classical Guitar Making: A Modern Approach to Traditional Design [Hardcover]

John S. Bogdanovich
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Feb. 1 2007 Music Sales America
What a thrill for any musician: playing a fine-sounding instrument that he or she has lovingly crafted from scratch. With this richly illustrated manual, well-known luthier and guitarist John Bogdanovich shows exactly how to build that first, beautiful guitar, using traditional, time-tested methods. All that’s required are basic woodworking techniques and a minimally equipped shop. Bogdanovich discusses the anatomy of the guitar, sound, choosing an instrument, selecting woods, templates and molds, and preparation. In more than 300 pages of text, he painstakingly lays out the details of construction, from assembling the neck and sides to installing the fingerboard and bridge.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars can't go wrong... Sept. 8 2009
Format:Hardcover
Whether you're looking into building your own classical nylon-stringed guitar or perhaps you're just interested in the whole detailed work and science behind this instrument, you cannot go wrong buying this book; it features lots and lots of high quality pictures and explaines every step necessary from start to finish, leaving nothing out.
Everything from workspace and tools to wood selection or paint and glue is covered in this book, making it a worthwhile investment -heck, even as a coffeetable book it would work great...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Feb. 18 2007
By Philip Wheeler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The author starts the budding luthier with the construction of molds and jigs. The order in which this is presented is excellent: by the time you get to the construction of the solera, you should be quite proficient at cutting the outline of the guitar in MDF (medium density fiberboard) with a 14" band saw. My solera turned out very well. A note on materials: John notes that the material for the molds will require two 4' x 8' sheets of 3/4" MDF and 1/2 of a 4' x 8' sheet of 1/2" MDF. 4' x 8' sheets of MDF are VERY HEAVY and impossible to work with in a small shop. I purchased 2' x 4' sheets instead and the results were great. Also, a 2' x 4' sheet 5/8" thick should be substituted for one of the 3/4" sheets, for the lining bender jig. This will save a bit of planing.

One should note the typo on page 51: under "Cutting the Pieces," "10 inches wide and 20 inches long" should be "10 inches wide and 24 inches long." On page 58 where John specifies "six pieces 24 1/2 inches x 10 1/2 inches," pieces only 24" x 10 1/2" will do very well. The plan for the caul on page 123 is missing. The author says it was accidentally cut out of the book, and he wrote, "The laminations are masonite thinned down to about .090 to make them easier to bend. I use about four of them. The outer one has sixteen pieces of 3/4 MDF glued from top to bottom along the length as shown on page 123. The pieces that go over rounded areas must be shaped to fit flat on their entire surface."

The author will offer printed plans for the guitar at some point in the future.

Overall a very nice book. I've just finished bending the sides according to John's instructions and I look forward to the next steps in this very interesting project.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for classical guitar makers Feb. 15 2007
By C or E Kleinman - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is sure to please the most discriminating maker of guitars. The photos of all the different phases of guitarmaking are clearly explained with a multitude of colored photos. The language is clear and concise. The illustrations and color photos speak for themselves, of the many varied operations involved in guitar making. My only problem was figuring out how to make a 15ft and 25 ft radius jigs.Of all the 12 books I own on guitarmaking. This book, in my opinion, is the most comprehensive in detailing , every aspect of this demanding and rewarding craft. My hats off to Mr. bogdanovich for an excellent job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent... March 8 2007
By Jerry A. Alt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Very well written and presented, although I agree that there's nothing truly 'modern' here; a formal presentation of lattice bracing or composite tops (10 year old technology) would be needed to earn the 'modern' moniker. But for traditional style building (with interesting personalized wrinkles) it's an excellent text. Highly recommended, and the first true competition for the Cumpaino.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Executed In-Depth Look At A Master's Methods May 1 2009
By J. Blilie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a truly wonderful book and an amazing bargain at the price. This book gives you an supremely detailed look at the methods used by one master builder. I have been building classical and steel string guitars for 11 years. (I'm working on number 59. Turns out that Bogdonavich and I started building at the same time. I wish I had the level of success he has had! It helps to go full-time, which I can't do, yet.)

The detail contained in the book is (this word keeps coming up) amazing. He really does cover every step in the process and he describes and photographs every little step of the process including the tools he prefers and uses, even down to series of photos showing how he spreads glue.

This book is beautifully executed. A nicely made hardcover with dust jacket; it's built to last. The photographs, which may be its greatest strength, are profuse, extremely well made and their reproduction is flawless. Pretty much every detail of every process used to build a classical guitar is well explained, both in words and in beautiful photographs. The book includes details of making your own bindings, purflings, and rosettes. The actual methods used by the author are explained in great detail. All the tools are described and shown.

I started out with Cumpiano and Natelson (Guitar Making: Tradition and Technology). That book is still a wonderful book, especially if your interest is in steel string acoustics. We truly live in a golden age of guitar making and the resources available to a beginning builder are more extensive than ever in history. This book is one of the best. Enjoy.

I also recommend:

Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology: A Complete Reference for the Design & Construction of the Steel-String Folk Guitar & the Classical Guitar (Guitar Reference)

Making Master Guitars
A Collection of Fine Spanish Guitars from Torres to the Present
Understanding Wood: A Craftsman's Guide to Wood Technology
Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material (this is also avialable free online as a pdf)

And: The Guild of American Luthiers: [...]
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best one I read April 10 2007
By Ricardo F. Silva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is an example of passion with the guitar. It's well written, beautifully photographed covering all steps of classical guitar construction that follows a high grade standard. Even if you don't want to build a guitar, buy it just for the beauty of its pages. I have bought a lot of books about lutherie, but this is one is far the best.

It makes evident in every detail how Mr Bogdanovich loves what he do. Seems to me he had a very good time written it. Go deep!
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