Archtop Guitar Design and Construction

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Archtop Guitar Design and Construction

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By master luthier Robert Benedetto, renowned jazz guitar craftsman.

Ever want to make an archtop guitar? Now you can learn from a true master, Bob Benedetto, renowned jazz guitar craftsman. This is the definitive set on carved-top guitarmaking.

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"I know of no other work offering comprehensive step by step coverage of the making of an acoustic jazz guitar." —George Gruhn

"This book is for everyone who loves woodworking, loves guitars, appreciates artistry, and believes that organic materials like spruce, maple and ebony can only achieve their highest function through the hands of a craftsman." —Howard Paul

"I can think of no one more knowledgeable and qualified to share his years of expertise than master luthier Robert Benedetto." —Dick Boak

THE definitive book on carved-top guitarmaking—a best seller!
Learn about wood selection, tap-tuning and plate graduation; tools and fixtures; bracing; and finishing techniques. Each step in construction is fully described, with detailed illustrations and fine photography (special color photos of Bob's guitars, too).

New 2nd edition includes new illustrations and photos, updated information on neck reinforcements and side bending, plus a brand new 24-page color section. Bob now includes scaled-down drawings which can be enlarged to full-sized working pattern for the body outline, arching templates, plus top and back carving contour maps. 298 pages, softcover—including 24 color pages and 4 tear-outs.

Contents in brief
Wood selection
Making the body mold
Carving the top and back plates
Cutting F-holes
Top bracing and side bending
Neckblock and tailblock construction
Gluing the back to the top and sides
Cutting the mortise
Binding the body
Scraping the recurve
Making and fitting the neck
Fret dressing
Fitting the nut
Finishing
The fittings: tailpiece, bridge, fingerrest, truss rod cover and tuners
Final setup

4-Disc DVD Set—over 9 hours of instruction from a master!
The classroom format begins with wood selection, tap-tuning and handcarving of the plates. F-holes and unique archtop bracings are examined. Traditional tools and fixtures are demonstrated alongside modern machinery. Side bending, binding, neck construction, inlaying, fretting, finishing and setup are detailed.

Bonus material! This DVD edition includes Focusing On Bridges and Tailpieces, Bob's 80-minute examination of archtop guitar bridge and tailpiece design, and its effect on playability and sound.

This series was edited by Ed Benson, publisher of Just Jazz Guitar magazine.

These DVDs are not "region-specific," and are intended for worldwide use.


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5.0

Absolutely Awesome

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Not only extremely informative, but truly a joy to watch. Bob is very down to earth, brilliant and funny at the same time. Best "How To" series I've ever seen.

Kevin Brockway
Gabriel Guitars Nashville

4.0

Wow

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This makes an intimidating subject look a little easier.

5.0

Building an Arch-Top Guitar.  Great read and refference book.

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Verified Buyer


I have always wanted to make an arch-top guitar ever since my first attempt in 1952 which failed miserably. This book gives you all the info you need to pull it of with success. Brion

5.0

Pure pleasure

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"The best tools you can use are your hands and your eyes".
I added to my tools the book and DVD of a great Master!

5.0

Excellent DVD and book

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Verified Buyer


These days it is not difficult to get information on how to build an arch top guitar. The internet abounds with it and classes can easily be had. While I wouldn't suggest building a guitar with this as your only reference I would also not suggest building one without it. I found the DVD especially helpful and watching the master handling the wood and tools and talking about what he was doing makes the book nearly irrelevant.

5.0

Great Title

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Verified Buyer


I purchased the book and DVD set, and I very surprised about the great quality of information I have found compared to price. Where I live is almost impossible to get any information about archtop guitar construction if you are a self teaching person, and this is a great source of information. I highly recommend it.

5.0

Almost priceless

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For a video shot in the 90s this one is superb. My Blueray player upsamples it to 1080p, and there is sufficient information in each frame that each frozen frame is completely sharp - a brutal test to impose on media that was originally released as VHS. Naturally, when set in motion it is very very clear. But that is simply a means to the end. That end is watching Bob Benedetto at work, conducting a master class in the construction of one of his archtop guitars. This DVD puts the viewer "there", in the middle of the class, at a fraction of what it must have cost. But value is added because you can repeat part or all of it as many times as you wish. I have not checked, but would be surprised if Bob Benedetto even offers classes like this any more. But the real test of value, once these issues are settled, centers on the content itself. And that is where the DVD soars. The raw information offered is best measured in terms of boatloads. Benedetto is one of the grand masters of a craft and art that is not well documented, making his contribution that much more important. He possesses the gift of gab - he is a natural with respect to keeping an audience interested. More value. The economy of his shop will amaze you. No CNC machine, no $500 planes. Just common power tools, sharp hand tools, a few simple shop built jigs, and a man with good hands and a great brain. Did I say I liked the DVD?

5.0

great no nonsense book

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Verified Buyer


clear and detailed, something for all skill levels...he makes it all look easy!

5.0

Archtop Guitar Design and construction

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Verified Buyer


I just finshed my first Archtop Guitar project and I used all Stew Mac tools ,wood , color tone and parts for the internals and I so proud for my finished products , also thank Benedetto for your great products helped me building my Guitar and Stew Mac , you sold and make great job thank you !

5.0

Great Set

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Great set, I suggest getting drawings also I am a about 3 guitars away from attempting to make an archtop, still the details in the drawings, along with Benedetto's dvd ,and book have made making my two piece body with laminated carved top, electric guitars much better, and the one neck I made using drawings, and Beneddeto's techniques came out very high quality

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