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3.0 out of 5 stars
Good but in many ways inadequate, Nov. 20 2002
The book in terms of organization and information is good. One of the biggest shortcoming of the book is that there are no dimensioned drawings or sketches. All the dimesions are sort of buried in the text. But the saying goes:" a good picture is worth a thousend words." Mind you, there are a lot of pictures in the book, however, they seem to demonstrate rather trivial operation. For instance pages 86-87 there are 4 pictures; one showing the body being cut on band saw, another a hand holding a sand paper (only information one gets is "a hand holding a sand paper") again another one of the guitar body in a semi finished state with the
heading "the body" !!. I am still trying to find out locations of the pickups relative to the bridge. Or what effect it has on
guitar if I chose on some arbitrary position (within reason ofcourse). Well it wouldn't be fair if I don't mention that I am
a mechanical engineer. But I am a wood worker too. I don't think I would want to build a set of chairs and a breakfast table from
pages and pages of "descriptive" instructions. A sketch would really go a long way, even if it is on a napkin.
I was trying to answer a question in my own mind: "Is the electrial guitar and purely electrial "appliance" or does the associated wood and other stuff adds value or quality to its performance ?" Well according to Mr. Hiscock, the truth lies somewhere in between. Of the 218 pages of the book only about 27 are dedicated to what Mr. Hiscock calls "electrikery".I don't know if Mr.Hiscock is convinced of what he is saying !!
Again, assuming that it is a combination of the word "electricity" and "trickery", one would find it very hard to locate any description of "tricks" that a professional guitar maker like Mr.Hiscock would know and would like to share with his readers.
And finally, the last question that lingers in my mind " What the heck is a "woolly" sound ?", that, Mr.Hiscock claims, comes from a strong pickup.