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Electric Guitar and Bass Design: The Guitar or Bass of Your Dreams, from the First Draft to the Complete Plan [Paperback]

Leonardo Lospennato
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Oct. 11 2010
Are you ready to design the ax of your dreams? Unlike other DIY guitar making sources (which deal with woodworking, mostly) this book focuses on how to achieve astonishing looks, excellent playability and a killer sound. Written collaboratively with top luthiers from the U.S. and Europe, this inspiring book covers in depth each aspect of electric guitar design, plus topics not found on other sources, like: - How to design a classic, how to design a radical - Thousand-year wisdom applied on Stratocasters and Les Pauls - Secrets of sustain - How to create a well balancing guitar - Ergonomics - How to choose, match and place pickups - Control design - The 4 laws of wood selection ... And much more. These 220 pages will have you making sketches from the first read!

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I've just started designing electric guitars. Without this book it could be a very long and complicated way to achieve the right result.

I highly recommend this book to designers of any level.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK. MUST HAVE. Feb. 5 2011
By apswirl - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are not a luthier and have any interest at all in learning about the inner workings of a guitar, this is a must read. Very easy and fast read. I finished it in a couple of days. What makes this book so valuable it that it breaks down why a guitar does what it does in a very simplistic manner. By teaching you how guitars are designed you will find yourself learning and appreciating the information in other books a great deal more. I also have Melvyn Hiscock's "Make Your Own Guitar" and Dan Erlewine's "Guitar Finishing Step by Step". Hiscock's book is an outstanding tool for putting it all together, but it a bit outdated in some aspects. Erlewine's book is the bible of guitar finishing. Enough said. However, this book gives you a high level, yet surprisingly technical breakdown of why it all matters. Understanding guitar design is invaluable if you want to pursue anything else with the other books. I think these three books combined should be read prior to buying your first body blank or tool. The knowledge you will acquire will help you plan better and make smart well-thought out purchases the first time. Electric Guitar and Bass Design should definitely be read first because Lospennato points out some very technical aspects of guitar making that I would not have considered with the other books. Building your first guitar should be like learning to play a guitar for the first time. You don't want to spend $500 on a new guitar only to find that it is not the guitar for you or that you don't like playing. For under $30, this book will give you so much valuable information you will know if making a guitar is really for you and you will be able to anticipate what your main obstacles will be.
Again, this is a very good read and you will not be disappointed. Even if you do not want to build a guitar and just want to learn how to take care of the guitar you currently own, this is a very useful reference. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good place to start custom electric guitar or bass Nov. 3 2011
By TRguitars - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr Lospennato is passionate about electric guitar construction and design. He has clearly spent much time in thought and experimentation toward design of the ultimate guitar which in reality is different for each guitarist. However there are common design elements that must be considered. Rather than dogmatically opine on what is best he takes each part of the guitar and presents the functional and artistic goals. Once the groundwork is laid he presents pros and cons and tradeoffs of each design decision. Example; the position of the upper horn affects balance of the guitar but also the comfort of the reach to the first and last fret. What is the effect of angled vs straight neck? Carved vs flat top and fingerboard? There are instructions on drawing full scale plans and discussion of wood selection. There is a good introduction to pickups and electronics including full scale templates for the most common pickups. The book is very well written and organized. This is not a book about how to build a guitar (check out Melvyn Hiscock)Make Your Own Electric Guitar, rather a thoughtful discussion of electric guitar design. After reading this book one should be able design a great sounding and beautiful guitar, draw full scale plans, and with other available resources build your dream guitar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delight to read Nov. 11 2010
By Hector - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a delight to read: well written, original, and with a touch of humor. It deals with all the things other guitarmaking books won't tell you. Expert luthiers will be gladly surprised, and amateur ones will sleep with this book under their pillow. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful. But not for all Jan. 7 2013
By Omar Gustavo Delgado Zavala - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in a book that tells you how to build a guitar or bass, e.g. what tools are for what job, you need another.
This one offers information to consider before start with the building process. For me, it was amazing to read this before my first build, and now, when I have several instruments I've built, the book still has value and has proven be useul many times.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great guitar book March 2 2013
By Michael Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers a lot in the way of guitar and bass engineering design. This will help get you started if your wishing to build your own and not just simply copy one of the well known guitar building companies.
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