Guitar build books

I recently watched a video from Crimson Guitars where Ben Crowe talked through his favourite books for guitar building.  I emailed them to ask if they would suggest that I read any of them before going for my course, and they suggested Build Your Own Electric Guitar, by Melvyn Hiscock.

Melvyn publishes this book himself and I contacted him to buy a copy, but he told me that he has recently finished revising it for a new edition (the third) which should come out soon, perhaps in October.  So if anyone wants to renew their copy, or to get a copy of the book that seems to be the best introduction to the subject, go to his Facebook page and he will announce there when the new edition will be available.

The other book that I have ordered from Ben’s list is Understanding Wood, which looks rather interesting and has lots of pretty pictures!  Woodworking is not a subject that I’m very familiar with, so I think it will be useful to learn a bit about it before I go and build my guitar.  From the Amazon preview, this looks like a good, clear book so I look forward to reading it.  It should arrive tomorrow although I’ve been having some problems with deliveries recently, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.  I may write a short review of it once I’ve read it.

Understanding wood

Author: gloopyjon

I grew up in England, attending school in Gloucester and then reading Classics at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. After working in London for three years, I moved to Belgium in 1993 where I have lived ever since. I played the piano as a child and also started playing the guitar, but never took it seriously until 2012, thanks to Rocksmith. I've also done a lot of singing, including over 30 amateur shows. Since 2012 I have been avidly accumulating guitar-related information as well as guitars and related gear, and I decided to create this site to share some of my knowledge, experiences and opinions with anybody who might be interested.

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