Complete Guide To Building Kit Acoustic Guitars

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Bill Cory has been building kit acoustic guitars for twelve years and has played guitar since age 11. He discovered the joy of building guitars from kits at age 57. Now, he has built twenty guitars from kits and has written three books about this engaging hobby.

"It's a perfect mixture of my love of writing after doing it all my life, of music after enjoying it all my life, and woodworking, which I discovered a love for later in life, through the building of guitars."

Completely updated and revised in this second edition, this book was first published in 2007, and has helped thousands of people worldwide build their own guitars.

Bill’s freelance articles have been published in several national magazines, including Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

Complete Guide To Building Kit Acoustic Guitars

Authored by Bill Cory
Photographs by Bill Cory
Edition: 2

Twelve years ago, I asked, "Could I actually build a guitar?" I was 57 years old, hadn’t built anything of wood since 1962 in 7th grade wood shop (a coat rack), and owned no woodworking tools. I didn't know people built guitars of their own!

But I was intrigued by the possibility. I studied the Stewart-MacDonald catalog and ordered a kit, a 12-fret rosewood and spruce 000. A few months later, I was playing it! It was an amazing and memorable experience. I decided to do it again, and again ...

Now twelve years later, many more guitars have come out of my little home shop—all from kits. Brazilian rosewood w/Coastal Redwood... Indian rosewood w/cedar ...mahogany w/Sitka ... Indian rosewood w/red spruce—all kinds of standard and exotic wood combinations and body styles. It has been a blast. And, it has produced this book about acoustic kits—the only book specifically dedicated to acoustic kits and their place in the guitar building world.

Complete Guide to Building Kit Acoustic Guitars has helped hundreds, possibly thousands, of beginning guitar builders worldwide to begin to build their own quality acoustic guitars. Until now, it's only been available with spiral binding. With this revision, the perfect binding is also available.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Why a Kit? Why not?
  • Tools you'll need and how to save on them
  • Your space requirements (not much!)
  • Where to get the right kit for you
  • How to create a completely custom kit
  • How long it will take to build
  • Tools you can build
  • Resources for guitar builders
  • Detailed building logs for two guitars
  • Complete Glossary of lutherie terms
  • A complete build, step by step
  • ... and a whole lot more, illustrated with over 450 pictures

I love building guitars and playing them! I also enjoy writing, and this book has made possible both of those enjoyable pursuits. Completely revised and updated, the book reflects my continuing enthusiasm and learning about this “little brother to luthiery,” the building of kit guitars by beginners and hobby builders.

This is the only book dedicated to guitar making with guitar kits. It’s a specialty, for sure. But does a kit end up being a real guitar? You can bet on it! Some of my guitars, made from choice woods, are the match of guitars created by the major companies in the world, both for playability and tone. And they look great, too!

Please take a look into the book, follow a link from page 5 to hear and see a couple of my kits being played. They sound good, but I'm sure yours can sound and look even better! If you've thought about it, now find out about it too! Order your copy today! (Hint, ladies: It makes a great gift for a husband looking for a new challenge!)

Publication Date:
0972956786 / 9780972956789
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Music / Musical Instruments / Guitar

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