In the following 30 plus years, the company has built a formidable. John monteleone 01 the secrets of archtop making and. The time and expense of gathering this info on ones own pales by comparison. A stepbystep look at how an archtop guitar is crafted. Also, the authors guitar has a pin bridge like a flattop and no recurve to the arch, making it even questionable to me that it counts as an archtop. Jay lichty, lichty gutars i bought the instructional video series for building an archtop guitar. The complete guide to building and setting up your own custom guitar. Author says there are no books for the layperson to make an archtop and then replicates sections of benedettos book, while introducing a far more complicated method of carving the arch than by hand. Building an electric archtop guitar details the stepbystep making of an electric archtop guitar. Im inspired by gibsons l5, but i havent completely decided on what pickup. Ill always be thankful that bob shared that with all of us. Building an archtop guitar gibson l5 from bob benedettos. They really arent deep enough to produce sufficient acoustic sound to be used unamplified, as you could with a fulldepth archtop acousticelectric guitar, but their acoustic nature does influence their electric tone. This is a wellproduced, step by step guide that will have you building a great archtop guitar.
To check for impacts to your country, please refer to the australia post article, here. His book, and a series of videos, was the inspiration to not only build this instrument, but to also create it with cad methods. Thinline electrics have slim but fully hollow bodies. When you come to the class, well provide you with supplies and tools, as well as personally supervise your building. Byoguitar offers a wide range of build your own guitar kits. Sadowsky guitars is one of the preeminent names in the world of handmade guitars, basses, and archtops. Solomon fashioned this special walnut into a bookmatched back, glued the two pieces together, and cut out the guitar s rough silhouette. Delivery to most countries is still 48 business days, for items in stock, while other countries are experiencing delays of around 12 weeks. Solomon has been hand building guitars one at a time since 1995, these instruments are becoming more rare throughout the years for. Diy guitar kits make it so much easier than ever before. Founded by roger sadowsky in the early 1980s after marcus miller approached him to improve his jazz bass, sadowsky guitars quickly became a mecca for professional musicians looking to get the most out of their instrument. Mostly using handtools and guided by the book making an archtop guitar.
I havent seen this much information about electric guitars in any one book. If you are serious about building one or more archtops then you should also buy the set of benedettos dvds on archtop construction. Build your own guitar guitar bodies and kits from byoguitar. Martin koch has compiled a lot of good information in this book. See more ideas about archtop guitar, guitar building and guitar. I am thinking about going back to school for guitar building steel string. Solomon 2000 david gillis model k fingerstyle archtop acoustic electric guitar erick solomon 2000 david gillis custom fingerstyle model k. Theres nothing substandard about building your own instrument, you can go a long way with even the most basic of kits. Building an archtop guitar gibson l5 from bob benedettos book luthier tools jig. All aspects of the construction are covered, from the initial design stage to the very final. The book is nicely illustrated, however, the author makes references to guitar guru bob benedettos book on making an acoustic archtop guitar. All workshops are held in nazareth, pennsylvania at the nazareth guitar institute. Recommended lutherie books liutaio mottola lutherie.
Located in savannah, ga, benedetto creates the highest caliber guitars. Sep 18, 2015 luthiers who specialize in building and making custom archtop guitars. I am a about 3 guitars away from attempting to make an archtop, still the details in the drawings, along with benedettos dvd,and book have made making my two piece body with laminated carved top, electric guitars much better, and the one neck i made using drawings. Bobs archtop guitar build with the neck and body in one guitarlike object at last, it comes time to start finishing up which means constructing and detailing the little bits truss rod covers, fingerguardpickup assemblies, tailpieces, bridges and wood finishing. Specialist book for yamaha psrs 975775 s 970770, all topics are explained in selfcontained workshops, general operation, sclass set up, voice select, one touch setting, registration memory, saving, copying. He then drilled a bunch of quarterinch holes, swiss cheeselike, into the back, to make it easier to carve into its arched shape. Being reasonably handy with tools, having built quite a lot of furniture, and skilled with setup of instruments has motivated me to consider building archtop. I have a copy of the book by bob benedetto as well. Garys classic guitars this ohio guitar dealer has a nice collection of gibson archtops. For my first 2 guitars, i built with the cumpiano and kinkead books. How to build a gibson les paul style guitar in 10 mins artur mihalas. Building an electric archtop guitar can be a pretty intimidating project but, it becomes much less so if youre guided, stepbystep, through the building. I will always remember the cool autumn the day i found it in a book store, and read it cover to cover in one sitting.
Here is an illustrated stepbystep guide to building an electric archtop guitar. Building a les paul guitar body luthier building process 59 copy. Top guitar making tools wish list 2019 the art of lutherie. Keys experts verlag psrs 975775 praxis buch 1 thomann. Handcarved top and back of course, about 17 inches wide. Laplante shares the joy of guitar making in this book. We have a wide variety of diy electric guitar kits, unfinished guitar kits to choose from solo music gear. But if youre buying this thinking you are going to be able to build an archtop guitar think again.
This guitar was constructed with methods used by a very well known luthier, bob benedetto, of benedetto guitars. This is covered in benedettos book, and allows the headstock binding to end at the nut level with the fingerboard binding. Being reasonably handy with tools, having built quite a lot of furniture, and skilled with setup of instruments has motivated me to consider building archtop instruments. Mirabella guitars the authority for reproduction vintage guitar parts, guitar restoration, and custom guitar building.
I have been interested in archtop instruments guitar, mandolin and upright bass for several years now. Ever since the first time i saw an archtop guitar made by luthier john monteleone, i wanted to one day visit his shop and spend a little time learning from him, it was immediately obvious to me that he was an artist at heart. John monteleone is the true heir of the new york legacy of john dangelico and jimmy daquisto. Archtop guitar building class american archtop guitars. The lmii string gauge is awesome, i use it for plotting and reporting fretboard. William cumpiano and jonathan natelsons book on building an acoustic steel string guitar and classical guitars is by no means dated unless you consider. Making master guitars the art of lutherie was able to build my first archtop guitar with the help of bob benedettos book another must have leave a reply cancel reply your email address will not be published.
Building your own guitar sounds like a mountain you cant climb, but thats not necessarily the case. This series was edited by ed benson, publisher of just jazz guitar magazine. An archtop guitar is a hollow steelstringed acoustic or semiacoustic guitar with a full body and a distinctive arched top, whose sound is particularly popular with jazz, blues, and rockabilly players typically, an archtop guitar has. Instruments accessories ordering tips friends selling your guitar this page and all subsidiary pages c. Making an archtop guitar this is the book that changed my life. Acoustic archtop guitar bracing bob benedetto the art. I am tooling up to build an archtop guitar based upon the design from bob benedettos book making an archtop guitar. Get the best deals on guitar building book when you shop the largest online selection at. My next guitarish endeavor is a fullsize archtop jazz box. Books at stewartmacdonald your source for guitar parts, tools, and supplies. For some, it is not enough to buy a guitarthe challenge of designing and hand making a unique, customized instrument is the dream. John monteleone granted us two days of his valuable time. How to build a gibson les paul style guitar in 10 mins. Devoted to connecting archtop fans with guitar building experts to get dream instrument.420 372 1179 797 975 969 1161 1525 652 714 927 271 1507 727 488 75 1195 323 1039 819 238 1156 178 1372 1461 1091 656 1029 82 554 510 917 1094 1175 1268 484 812 667 1132 1018 1142 780 870