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I bought this book and the Hiscock book so that I could build an electric guitar from scratch, not as a kit. It is possible with just this book. However, it reads like a textbook more that a how to, "step one: step two:" kind of book. If you think you are going to buy this book, follow a simple step by step procedure and build a guitar then this is not the book for you. If you want to learn both the how and why of guitar design in order to design and build your own instrument then this is the right book.
I am almost done with the two guitars I designed and built based on the information in these two books and the help of [...] and I would give the potential first time guitar builder (like me) the following advice...
1) You need at LEAST: a bandsaw, a drill press and a table saw. I also used my chopsaw, vertical belt sander, jointer and planer.
2) I have been woodworking for 25 years and selling my stuff for 15 and I found building a guitar neck to be quite challenging. It was fun, but challenging. So if you are a first time woodworker, heads up.
3) Knowledge of CAD or drafting is a big plus since you need to be able to create full size templates. Also drawing things accurately and full scale is the best way to figure out some things like the depth of the neck pocket.
So, in a nutshell, if you want to design your own guitar from scratch and are confident in your woodworking skills this a must have book.
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