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  • Plastic Comb: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Spi edition (1 Aug. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881884510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881884517
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,042,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 'Constructing a Solid Body Guitar', Siminoff draws on his decades of experience in building instruments, testing woods, experimenting With shapes, modifying electronics and more. As the former editor of both 'Pickin''; and 'Frets' magazines, he knows s

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By sales@churchfurniture.co.uk on 31 July 2000
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Roger Siminoff may make fantastic guitars but he does not make a good teacher. Making a guitar involes knowledge of skills and a knowledge of the mechanics of the instrument.This book glosses over both. While it goes into elaborate detail about finishes his explanation of scale length is nothing less than irritating . If you think that making your own guitar would be a challenge, it is, but trying to follow this book makes it hard work.
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A spiral bound book complete with pull out plans and plenty of practical information.This was my second guitar project,the first was a fretless bass(precision type).
I followed the construction methods using a solid piece of sycamore from luthiers supplies but did alter the shape to more of a Les Paul size(fixed bridge)I also carved the top with a small violin plane,and used a router for the truss rod channel,the guitar was finished in a 2 tone sunburst using the methods shown in the book.I made this first guitar about 9 years ago using this book it has since been used as a guide to help" A level" students make guitars for their projects.Being spiral bound it was so convenient to use on the work bench.My only criticism being not enough photographs of the finished guitar, other than that a cracking book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Thomas Hosie on 20 Dec. 2011
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Brilliant book, the very clear pics and text really help when constructing any solid body guitar inc bass.

What I really liked was the friendly way that the author wrote - totally non-patronizing.
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There is only one word to discribe this text "Vague" 9 Nov. 1999
By MJM Guitars - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb
In search for information on my hobby, guitar construction, I have run into this book. Compaired to other literature on the subject, this book is very shallow when it comes to variations in construction techniques, explinations on wood selection for bodies and necks, and techniques in finishing. The book basically explains how to build one guitar, which happens to be a generic undersized version of a Les Paul. As for the construction of the neck and body, there is only one technique shown with no suggestions for verying the technique. In other words, if you are new to guitar construction and don't have tools like a table saw, bench top belt sander, router, horizontal drill press, etc..., you will probably construct a poorly sounding guitar. When the subject of wiring comes up, all you have is information on two wiring circuits, a single coil circuit and a double coil circuit. On a possitive note, the book does explain a little about every aspect of guitar construction, it tells you one way how, but not why.
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For The Experienced Woodworker Only 10 April 2002
By "mdvermette" - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm starting my second electric guitar project, and so recently re-read my copy of this book.
Roger Siminoff gives a fine overview of solidbody electric guitar building, but glosses over some of the issues. For example, while much time is spent on showing how to do a handrubbed sunburst finish, the entire wiring and pickup installation steps take up merely a few paragraphs, and little if any space is given to instrument setup or adjustment - Tasks that some of Dan Erlewine's wonderful books take *entire chapters* to describe.
Also, it's clear that Roger's shop contains all of the heavy-duty tools (large drill press, planer-joiner, bench-mounted buffing wheel, etc) that a guitar or woodworking pro might have, but little or no explanation is given on how one without a shop full of industrial-strength woodworking gear might accomplish the same tasks. It's almost as if Siminoff knows how to build instruments so well that much of what a beginning instrument builder might like to know is second nature to him, and so got left out of the work.

Even with those caveats, this is a good overview of "from scratch" guitar construction - Siminoff writes in a simple, clear style, there are plenty of black-and-white photos of the crucial steps, and an added bonus are the full size plans for a Les Paul style guitar - Siminoff says in the book that he deliberately designed the body to be slightly narrower than a Gibson Les Paul so that the plan could be drawn to fit the book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Okay, but limited 19 Nov. 2001
By David Atkinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Plastic Comb
A book which contains nice plans and outline for a single guitar project, but does not explain things well enough to allow the inexperienced reader to design their own guitar, except as a slight variation of the project included. Good to add to a wwodworking/guitar building library, but not the place to start if you are building your first guitar (I strongly recommend Hiscock's book for the neophyte electric lutier.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Limited value 4 Aug. 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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As with all of these guitar-building books, this is limited in the information provided. When it comes down to the construction, you will notice just how limited. I have read all of the Amazon and Stew Mac books listed for building an electric guitar, and I believe that Tom Hirst's book is the best because it provides the most detail. However, I cannot say that Siminoff's book is unhelpful. As with all of these books, there is useful instruction, but it is in the form of an overview. In any case, it provides more information than Koch's book. If you are looking for a single book that will tell you 80% of what you need to know, I cannot recommend one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Solid body guitar construction 12 Feb. 2007
By Robert S. Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Of three books I purchased that were recommended for solid body guitar construction, this was the least helpful. I recommend Hiscock's book instead. This book seems a bit dated in techniques compared with others and assumes wood is only available locally and tools are hard to come by. I was hoping for something more closely tied to constructing a guitar purchased from common components available at Luthier supply stores.
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