As another reader has pointed out, Sloane's book is not for the beginner; it may not be for the advanced builder either, but the point is probably moot. Of the hundreds of steps required to build a steel-string guitar, Sloane has detailed perhaps 25, and has left the reader to puzzle out things like the intricacies of bridge, nut, and saddle execution. The section on the archtop guitar is pure picture-book, but fascinating, and at least gives readers a good look inside the archtop, which dramatically highlights its differences from the fixed-bridge steel-string.
But I have to take issue with the reader who said Cumpiano's book wasn't up to contemporary standards of building. Having built a guitar with Cumpiano in his shop - preceded by two careful readings of his book - I can personally attest to the value of the writing and of the hundreds of detailed pictures, drawings and diagrams. I highly recommend Cumpiano's book to anyone who is thinking of building a guitar. Updates to some of his procedures are available from Cumpiano's web site.