From Library Journal
Intended as a beginner's guide for experienced woodworkers interested in making a guitar, this book assumes a fairly complete knowledge of woodworking tools and techniques and also an intermediate level of skill in finishing and detail work. Long-time luthier Middleton uses the old European approach to making a stringed instrument, including carving, gluing, bracing, and finishing, which he defends as desirable in handmade instruments,. But instrument-making supply companies now offer a variety of purpose-built tools and woodworking supplies that greatly simplify the old-fashioned process. To ignore these tools and supplies makes it much more difficult for a beginner to complete such a project. The book is handsomely produced, with detailed photos and clearly written text, yet many books on instrument building incorporate the newer approach?such as Robert Benedetto's Making an Archtop Guitar (Miller Freeman, 1994) and William Cumpiano's Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology (Chronicle, 1994)?and these will probably serve patrons better.?Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, R.I.
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About the Author
Rik Middleton has been playing and perfecting the art of making classical guitars for many years. He is a full-time luthier.