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4.0 out of 5 stars A well written, well illustrated book on the subject
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good general book but not enough detail about options
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 A well written, well illustrated book on the subject, 30 July 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good companion for electric guitar assembly, 27 Dec. 2014
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If you're interested in assembling a Strat from bought components then this is an excellent companion. It covers the assembly, different types of electronics and various aspects of finishing. The book's strengths are the clear layout, big, full-colour pictures on good quality paper (too many other guitar books make do with grainy black and white pictures) and detailed instructions. However, what this isn't, is a book on building an electric guitar from scratch. It's about assembling a Strat - and it does a good job.

A couple of minor gripes: firstly, the binding, while very good quality, makes it difficult to keep pages open for reference while your hands are holding other things (say, a soldering iron). I'm not familiar with Haynes' other manuals but surely this is a common issue with this kind of binding? And secondly, the book refers to "S-type" guitars throughout. I know Fender has rights to the name "Strat" but surely we can call a spade a spade and a Strat a Strat?
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for any kit guitar builder, 25 Sept. 2014
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This is much wider ranging than just building an electric guitar from a kit. It covers from building a cigar box guitar to Brian May’s Red Special. Easy to follow and understand. Certainly recommend it, particularly if read with the Electric Guitar Manual by the same author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a very good as you would expect from this company, 25 Feb. 2015
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This is a very good as you would expect from this company. Lots of very useful information on guitars including setting them up. I haven't started my project yet so maybe a further review would be good when I have been able to evaluate the information provided
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good general book but not enough detail about options, 28 Sept. 2013
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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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