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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference, 1 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: Making an Archtop Guitar (Paperback)
Robert benedetto builds beautiful guitars, and now you can copy him! super technical details, such as how thick the sides should be, how to get the correct neck angles, how to camber the fingerboard, etc, without ever getting bogged down with too-technical details such as mathmatical breakdowns of the frequency response for a given width of body(!!).
Useful photos and drawings of tools and jigs are included, and are suitable for one-offs or mass production.
He never loses sight of the joy and art in creating a musical instrument.
Plans are included, but will require some thought from the reader to apply dimensions - this to me, is the way it should be.
A small section gives useful hints to aspiring luthiers in terms of running a business, quite general, and I would imagine anyone intending going that route would have thought of that anyway.
My only gripe with the book is the 50 plus pages (around 25% of the book!) of pictures of the benedetto team at various functions and trade shows, lists of original buyers, product endorsers, etc, none of which make a better guitar, but do increase the cost of the book. People not interested in building may well find that section interesting though.
I found the pictures of the guitar range inspiring though.
A beautifully presented book, a must if you are interested in archtops, even if you don't intend to build one; just a little expensive for the guitar maker, due to superfluous information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential purchase, 1 April 2012
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James Nunn "Omniemptor" (Halifax, England) - See all my reviews
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If you aspire to being a LUTHIER, not merely a builder of instruments, this book is the best investment you could possibly make. A lot of the books on guitar construction out there are little more than construction manuals: 'Join part A to part B', 'Do this, then do that', 'Build an exact copy of MY guitar' etc.

Bob Benedetto doesn't do this in his book.

With this book he creates artisans. He goes through the minutiae of designing, crafting, and setting up an instrument of unparallelled quality in a way which even the most inept beginner could relate to.

As someone who qualified as a musical instrument maker, I didn't think there'd be much I could learn from this book. Having purchased it to fill in some gaps in my knowledge (specifically regarding arch top guitars) I didn't expect a great deal, but a great deal was what I got.

If you want to know the following, then buy this book:

1: How wood choice TRULY affects tone and stability
2: Why there is no such thing as a 'tonewood'
3: The physics of stringed instruments
4: How to craft a master grade instrument
5: How to make your own jigs, clamps, and other labour saving devices
6: Why a professional finish isn't as hard (or as easy) as you think
7: Why marketing is important

If you just want to make some functional knock-off of an existing guitar, you might want to buy a different book.

'Making an Archtop Guitar' is beautifully laid out, with supporting photographs AND technical illustrations, PLUS! there are full size templates for virtually EVERYTHING except the body and the larger jigs in the book.

Just click the buy now button - you really won't regret it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a critical book for an archtop buyer, too!, 22 July 1999
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This review is from: Making an Archtop Guitar (Paperback)
As an archtop owner and player for nearly thirty years, I would call this book a must read for anyone who is interested in purchasing a vintage archtop or buying a new one. Benedetto leads the reader into a deep appreciation of the painstaking detail that goes into The Making of an Archtop. He describes the level of attention that should be evident on each component of the guitar, and how it effects the player (and the price) in the end. The significance of learning the process of material selection, construction sequencing and design considerations might well lead the reader towards a custom made instrument. This book is a credit to all the independent luthiers out there whose trade is no longer a secret.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 16 Jan. 2013
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Mr. Paul Hayes (Lincolnshire, England) - See all my reviews
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A useful reference for the serious instrument maker. This book isn't really for the total novice but if you have an understanding of instrument acoustics, a well equipped workshop and good woodworking skills, you'll find this book very useful indeed. Benedetto is a man who is always worth listening to.
Paul Hayes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable., 3 Feb. 2015
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M. M. Bennett "Miles" (U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Invaluable: it eradicates myths concerning materials & establishes good practice in the building process. Also, by implication, it provides tremendous guidance in general guitar building. The advice on 'tuning' the top and back are a great place to start - I used it when restoring / upgrading an old Stella. This is not all you will need to know about solid body building because it does not deal with electronics - humbuckers, single coils, P90ies etc... Which witch is witch? How to mount them etc... But, the principle behind gluing the 2 piece top & back used here works in exactly the same way - you merely have more to join! This isn't a recommend; if you're building it's a must.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, 12 April 1999
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I almost didn't get the book because of the last review by the man who felt the book should have taught him how to tap tune a top. I am affraid in this generation we expect to get it all from books where once we could only learn by sitting at the masters feet. So far I have found alot of help in this book and I recommend it to anyone interested in learning to make a guitar
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book revealing exactly how much work goes in to ..., 2 Jun. 2015
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Excellent book revealing exactly how much work goes in to the creation of these masterpieces.
As commented above it is almost essential reading for anyone who has an archtop (or even an acousti flattop) to understand the compexities.even if ,like me , you have no intention of ever making your own.
Fabulous!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 7 Dec. 2012
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A great and inspiring book although little bit above my league.
Recommended with William Cumpiano's GUITARMAKING: Tradition and Technology.
Timo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Archtop maker, 1 May 2014
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If you are thinking of making an archtop I don't think you could get better info. Benedetto archtop guitars are superb and here's how to make one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 18 May 2015
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Fantastic book and now my husband is actually making one !
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