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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Koch Martin (Jan. 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3901314091
  • ISBN-13: 978-3901314094
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #376,907 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "theguitarman" on April 22 2004
Format: Paperback
As with is other book, Martin Koch tells you ALL you need to know to build a beautiful instrument.
From building 2 types of lap steel's from A to Z, to making the case and even making your own pickups, this book as it all.
This is my second book by Martin Koch and let me just say that his books are a gold mine of information from cover to cover.
Martin Koch also as a website that compliments his books where you can ask questions, see other instruments people have built and there are also good tools such as Fret Calculator and stuff.
Trust me......if you want to build your own instrument, you will not regret purchasing this book.
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another great book by Martin Koch, if you want to get into building lap steel guitars, this is the book to start with.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
It's ALL in this one book. April 22 2004
By "theguitarman" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As with is other book, Martin Koch tells you ALL you need to know to build a beautiful instrument.
From building 2 types of lap steel's from A to Z, to making the case and even making your own pickups, this book as it all.
This is my second book by Martin Koch and let me just say that his books are a gold mine of information from cover to cover.
Martin Koch also as a website that compliments his books where you can ask questions, see other instruments people have built and there are also good tools such as Fret Calculator and stuff.
Trust me......if you want to build your own instrument, you will not regret purchasing this book.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Just what you need... May 7 2007
By Robert C. Lester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
..to build your first Lap Steel. The book is well laid out, clear, and well suited to a beginners approach. I had never done any musical woodworking projects, and this book (Along with the guidance of some skilled woodworking friends) walked me comfortably through the steps to completing a good looking and good sounding lap steel. Very rewarding purchase. Can't recommend it enough.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It's pretty easy to build your own lap steel Jan. 23 2008
By MarkC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is easy reading and enjoyable. I am making a steel guitar that is a mix of the first and second example. The dimensions are very helpful as is the suggested parts list. I would purchase this book again.
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Great book March 2 2013
By Michael Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
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This is truly a great little book on building lap steels. Martin shows you how to do it using a minimum of tools that most home owning do it yourselfers will have on hand.
It really is easy. Feb. 5 2013
By Big EZ - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this book over a year ago and have built three lap steels to date. Martin Kock lays out a step by step process with which you will build a simple lap steel. I myself, having a lot of woodworking experience, chose to add some aesthetic extras (ie. arch top, binding, fretboard inlay) which were not covered in this book. Kock comes across as a process builder. He sometimes uses hand tools and antiquated techniques (which is absolutely fine) when a more modern tool would achieve the same result in less time. Less experienced woodworkers might have a difficult time working with the older hand tools. I found it easy to substitute my preferred process while using the book more as a guideline as opposed to a step by step manual. With this book, and some previous woodworking experience, you will be able to build a very basic, however perfectly functional, lap steel. After you have done that, all you need is practice and a bit of imagination to make some very nice instruments. Enjoy your projects.


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