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Gazette Archive 12/24/01

A Book Review by Joe Jansen

Title: Make Your Own Electric Guitar and Bass

Dennis Waring

Published by: Sterling Publishing Co. Inc.
387 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016-8810
ISBN 1895569702
Price Softcover: $17.05
96 color pages

The book, "Make Your Own Electric Guitar and Bass", is a comprehensive how-to book for the person interested in constructing an electric guitar. When I say this is a comprehensive book I mean a thorough look at the guitar making process. The author covers both the musical and woodworking aspects of the guitar and gives step by step instructions for building the instrument.

The following are some of the topics covered in this book: Construction of the six-string guitar, complete with tools and material needed. The author covers different bridge types, gives you the patterns, and shows how to rout out for the electric components. There are details for the fingerboards and installing the frets. He even covers finishing, complete with sanding, staining, filling, sealing and applying the topcoat. The end of the book also covers some basic guitar playing skills.

This book is illustrated with great pictures and drawings. It is an excellent book for a person who wants to build a guitar or bass. The history was interesting. This is not an easy read book but more for the serious wood worker interested in building an electric or bass guitar. I found the process and the history of guitar making fascinating and an interesting read.

Joe Jensen

Editor's Note: Sterling Publishing has graciously donated several books for review which are passed on to our members free of charge in exchange for thoughtful, honest reviews. Thank You! And you can usually find their titles at a discount from Barnes And Noble

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