Item description for Building Electric Guitars: How to Make Solid-Body, Hollow-Body and Semi-Acoustic Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars by Martin Koch...
Everything from the first steps of design to the final set-up of of solid-body, hollow-body and semi-acoustic electric guitars is covered step by step in this book. It also contains a section about winding your own pickups.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1" Width: 7.5" Height: 9.75" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2001
Publisher E1 Entertainment
ISBN 3901314075 ISBN13 9783901314070
Reviews - What do customers think about Building Electric Guitars: How to Make Solid-Body, Hollow-Body and Semi-Acoustic Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars?
No aspiring luthier should be without this book. Jun 6, 2008
I recently purchased this book and I'm impressed at the breadth of information meticulously presented within this book, including how to make your own pickups and how to prepare your wood if you happen to be gung ho enough to saw your own lumber.
I'm not exactly sure how a few others drew the conclusion that this book was poorly organized since my copy seems to be organized clearly enough, unless they have earlier printings. The illustrations and images in my copy seem to be clear enough too as I suspect the author has applied a great deal of effort to tweak later printings to improve his book.
The only downside is that one needs a bit of patience when reading, since Koch is so detailed. This book isn't exactly "Guitar Building for Dummies." On the other hand, patience can be a life and limb saver when operating sharp power tools--so think of his book as a lesson in Zen as well as in lutherie.
As Promised Mar 6, 2008
Book arrived in excellent condition within the time frame stated. My son was very excited and is working on building his first guitar.
Good book sets fire to the nation. Nov 22, 2007
I purchased this book to aide me in my quest to produce a solid body electric ukulele. I'm having some difficulty understanding the electronics but every other part is easy to understand.
Comprehensive but flawed Aug 16, 2007
My copy is dated 2001, 2nd ed. The photos are small and look like what you get when you print on a 300dpi laser printer. Most of the time you can see what you need to see, but in some more detail-oriented photos the definition is totally insufficient.
A bigger problem for me is the poor editing. The book is translated from German to English, and the translation is mostly fine. But there are many mechanical errors in the book's production. For example: paragraphs printed twice, references in the text to photos or figures that don't exist or are misnumbered, text columns that cut off an entire passage so that you don't know how it ends, etc.
The book's strength is that its content is comprehensive. Martin goes into far more detail about guitar electronics than most "build your own guitar" books. He even gives a brief tutorial on winding your own pickups. He also gives a tutorial on building semi-hollows, which is a subject that most authors ignore. However, in general I think that it would have been better to cover fewer subjects in more detail.
For someone intending to build a solid-body electric guitar, I would recommend Melvyn Hiscock's book as your first buy, with this Koch book in second place. If you can afford it, buy both books, and also Dan Erlewine's repair book. If you're serious, you really need all three. I would also note that most of the material in this book is freely available on the net's various luthier's forums, and in more detail. However, it can be hard to track down the piece of info you need on the net, and so books are convenient. Koch might not tell you everything you need to know about winding a pickup or building a semihollow, but he gives you enough information so that you can assess whether it's worth your while to seek out more, or whether you don't really want to tackle that project anyway.
Nearly perfect. May 12, 2007
Wow, there is a lot of info packed into this book. I agree with most of the other reviewers in that the appearance could be improved. Photos aren't as good as they need to be, but Mr. Koch does a great job of explaining things and the written content is excellent. The only other weak spot, for me, was not enough wiring info for the semi-acoustic version, which is what I intend to build. However, Mr. Koch is accessible and he graciously answered my questions. I'm well pleased with this book.