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Electric guitar construction
Hirst, T. (Tom), 1899-
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Publication Information:
Anaheim Hills, CA : Centerstream Publishing ; [Milwaukee, Wis.] : Exclusively distributed by Hal Leonard, [2003]

Physical Description:
164 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
"A guide for the first time builder. The definitive work on the design and construction of a solid body electric guitar"--Cover.
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ML1015.G9 H57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
ML1015.G9 H57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
ML1015.G9 H57 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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(Guitar). Q.: What on earth would make someone want to build an electric guitar from scratch? Can't you just buy one cheaper? A.: Well sure, but with this definitive book on the subject as your guide, you can create your own axe masterpiece, with the precise finish, the exact pickups, and the custom hardware you've always wanted. Plus, you'll have the indescribable satisfaction of knowing you created something cool out of nothing. And that sure beats buying off the rack! Organized logically from start to finish, this helpful guide will assist you every step of the way; from the design and planning stage to the final setup, each step in the process is written about in abundant detail, with hundreds of photographs, and special full-color sections on wood selection and finishing. Also includes a glossary of terms, an index of materials suppliers, and much more!

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
1. Designp. 8
D-1 The importance of planningp. 8
D-2 Wood selectionp. 8
D-3 Neck designp. 15
D-4 Body designp. 19
D-5 Color selection and hardwarep. 21
D-6 Electronicsp. 24
D-7 Pickguard designp. 31
D-8 What to buy and when to buy itp. 32
2. Tools and Templatesp. 34
T-1 List of toolsp. 34
T-2 Power and hand tool safetyp. 38
T-3 About templatesp. 39
T-4 Headstock templatep. 39
T-5 Body templatep. 41
T-6 Pickguard and rear cover templatesp. 43
T-7 Optional templatesp. 45
T-8 Neck profile gaugesp. 46
T-9 Fretboard radius gaugep. 46
3. Neckp. 48
N-1 Neck layoutp. 48
N-2 Truss rod channelp. 50
N-3 Mark and cut fretboard to lengthp. 51
N-4 Fretboard inlayp. 52
N-5 Assemble neckp. 53
N-6 Rough cut neck shapep. 54
N-7 Tuning machine holesp. 56
N-8 Side dots and rough sandingp. 57
N-9 Sand inlayp. 58
N-10 Install fretwirep. 58
N-11 Shape neckp. 60
N-12 Finish sand neckp. 63
4. Bodyp. 64
B-1 The body blankp. 64
B-2 Neck pocketp. 68
B-3 Neck/body axisp. 70
B-4 Bridge placementp. 71
B-5 Pickup placement and routingp. 74
B-6 Control cavity layoutp. 76
B-7 Rough cut shapep. 77
B-8 Rear cavity routp. 78
B-9 Sand body edgesp. 79
B-10 Rout body edgesp. 80
B-11 Input jack, strap buttons & wiring channelsp. 80
B-12 Finish sand bodyp. 82
5. Plasticsp. 84
P-1 Mark centerline and outlinep. 84
P-2 Rough cut shapep. 84
P-3 Final fit rear coverp. 85
P-4 Rout edges (straight bit)p. 85
P-5 Bevel edgesp. 86
P-6 Rout pickup openingsp. 87
P-7 Drill mounting screw & control holesp. 88
6. Finishingp. 90
F-1 About finishingp. 90
F-2 Spray equipmentp. 91
F-3 Clear finishesp. 92
F-4 Grain fillerp. 94
F-5 Applying colorp. 97
F-6 Applying clear coatsp. 102
F-7 Wet-Sanding and Buffingp. 108
F-8 Finishing schedulesp. 112
7. Assemblyp. 113
A-1 Final fretworkp. 113
A-2 Rough shape the nutp. 116
A-3 Install the hardwarep. 117
A-4 Neck to body assemblyp. 120
8. Wiringp. 122
W-1 My methodp. 122
W-2 Equipment and solderingp. 123
W-3 Shieldingp. 124
W-4 Pickupsp. 125
W-5 Mini switchesp. 127
W-6 Pickup selectorsp. 133
W-7 Pots and capacitorsp. 137
W-8 The output jackp. 140
W-9 The complete diagramp. 141
W-10 Troubleshootingp. 144
9. Set upp. 147
S-1 What is a set up?p. 147
S-2 Slotting the nutp. 147
S-3 Adjusting the truss rodp. 150
S-4 Setting string heightp. 151
S-5 Setting intonationp. 151
S-6 Final adjustmentsp. 152
10. Cost Analysis for this guitarp. 154
11. Index of Suppliersp. 155
12. Glossaryp. 159
13. Indexp. 164