After years and years of building cabinets, entertainment centers, and other sorts of odds and ends, I decided recently that I need a new challenge. Anyone out there making guitars - acoustic or electric - that could lead me to a book or two to get started?
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From contributor M:
I'm a full-time woodrat and am also a working musician. You bet that I've done some significant things to my (16!) guitars. First thing you might want to do is to check out Robert Benedetto's excellent book "Making an Archtop Guitar", by Centerstream Publishing, 1994 (ISBN1-57424-000-5). I got mine at Barnes and Noble. This is soup-to-nuts on the topic of making a carved-top jazz guitar, as seen in the old D'Angelico's and D'Aquisto's. In fact, if memory serves, Benedetto apprenticed under D'Aquisto, who apprenticed under D'Angelico. So the pedigree is there.
Two other places come to mind for where to get wood, materials, parts and everything. Luthier's Mercantile is available at http://www.lmii.com. They've got all of the high-end boutique stuff, as well as some good reading.
The other site is Stewart MacDonald, and they've got some cool books, tools, materials and supplies as well. http://www.stewmac.com. Dan Earlwine, who was a regular contributor to Guitar Player magazine for 20-odd years, is a primary mover and shaker at StewMac.
Stewart MacDonald also has a good series of books on the subjects of acoustic and solid body guitars and basses, plus readable and followable books on the subjects of electronics and wiring, finishing, etc. I've got the book on finishing and it's served me well.