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Build Your Own Electric Guitar (Haynes) [Hardcover]

Paul Balmer
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Book Description

3 Jan 2013 Haynes
This all-colour, fully illustrated practical book brings the unique Haynes Build Your Own approach to a new audience. Comprehensive step-by-step procedures show both novice and experienced guitarists how to build their very own unique, high-spec custom S-type instrument, tailor-made for their needs, for far less than the cost of buying a factory-built equivalent. Various body, neck and hardware options are covered to suit all requirements, along with advice on how to build a guitar to give the desired sound. Details of fine-tuning, along with set-up advice, helps to ensure that the finished guitar will be a joy to own and play.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Publishing (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857332589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857332585
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paul Balmer was born in Liverpool England in 1951.

he performed as part of the 'Merseybeat' scene from 1962 until 1974.

He also studied classic guitar with the great Brendan McCormack and drums with Ron Parry.

In 1974 Paul joined the BBC at Pebble Mill studios initially as a sound engineer and then trained as a radio producer and television director.He presented many music programmes on BBC Radio 3

Founding his company 'Music On Earth'in 1991 he travelled extensivly making programmes such as 'Africa I Remember' for BBC2.

In 2002 his DVD film Stephane Grappelli a life in the Jazz Century was nominated for a British Academy Award.

The book of the film 'Stephane Grappelli With and Without Django' was well recieved by GRAMOPHONE -..useful and interesting..fine writing..good research sorting the facts from the myths! Guitarist Julian Bream declared it "a fascinating part of jazz history vividly retold!"

In 2007 Paul's film 'Julian Bream My Life In Music' became The Gramophone DVD of the year.

he has written ten books including contributions to The Penguin Encyclopedia of Music.

His guitar series has been well recieved;


Fantastic! Very, very impressive. - stewmac.com


" The ultimate tome ... Superb ... a must for every Telecaster owner" - GUITAR BUYER

"GENIUS!" - MI Pro (Musical Instrument Professional)


" ... packed with essential information about one of the greatest guitars that has ever twanged upon this earth ... the right level of insight and detail for players to gain a better understanding and confidence" - GUITARIST

"The complete guide to sourcing, setting up and maintaining your Tele" - TOTAL GUITAR



"Thanks for the Fender book, I can now tune up and start playing" - HANK MARVIN

"Should come as standard with every new Strat" - STEWMAC.COM


"The definitive book on the Les Paul"- PERFORMING MUSICIAN

"Great for budding rockers - a great reference item for when your Les Paul needs a little extra" - VINTAGE GUITAR


"This manual is one of those books where you'll dip in to find something specific and realise sometime later you've read way more than you originally planned - always the sign of a job well done!" - GUITAR & BASS

"... useful tips ... interesting ... useful comparative measurements ... enough in the way of general information, large photographs, to earn it a place in your bathroom for weeks to come." - PERFORMING MUSICIAN

"A Comprehensive Guide" - GUITAR TECHNIQUES

"64 fascinating pages of repair, maintenance and good old fashioned TLC - the narrative brings the subject matter to life ... good practice whatever guitar you play ... fascinating" - UK ROCK MAGAZINE

"... the ultimate owner's manual for these iconic instruments" - CANADIAN MUSICIAN

"It isn't hard to make a good guitar sound great even on a limited budget - this book is one of the best at showing you how" - VINTAGE GUITAR

"Look's fantastic! , they have become our favorite place to go when looking up facts about Les Paul's, Strat's or Tele's." STEWMAC.COM

He is currently writing The Haynes Acoustic Guitar Manual and A Haynes Electric Guitar Primer.

He lives in Oakley Vale England with Judy Caine and their son Karl

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About the Author

Paul Balmer worked on this project with luthier John Diggins, who has built custom 'Jaydee' guitars for Toni Iommi of Black Sabbath and Angus Young of AC/DC. Paul has written all previous books in the guitar manual series - in every case with John's expert guidance - and is also the author of the Drum-Kit Manual. He lives near Corby in Northamptonshire.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book for some insight into the workings and details of Brian May's famous Red Special guitar which this book features as a case study that includes a comparison with the high end, limited edition, hand built replica built by English Luthier, Andrew Guyton. The rest of the book is interesting enough for people embarking on building any of the other types of electric guitar covered in the book, but Brian May enthusiasts or potential Red Special builders should also appreciate the material. However, there is nothing that isn't already out there in the public domain on the various internet forums dedicated to the Red Special and other Brian May equipment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good seller 1 Jun 2014
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very detailed book for a beginner like me trying a new hobby many thanks to you.xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx xxxx
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Nicely laid out and informative but level of detail patchy. As someone else commented, an assembly guide to using parts rather than a building guide. Worth reading if you have some DIY skills already but for hand holding, look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Latest Balmer book up to standard 10 May 2013
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Even if you do not plan to build your own guitar, this book provides lots of interesting information about how guitars are constructed.
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