The Art of Lutherie (eBook+Online Video)
30105MEB
The Art Of Lutherie offers a glimpse into the mind and craft of luthier Tom Bills, whom many consider to be one of the most talented luthiers today. In this beautifully written and enjoyable read, Tom elegantly and clearly shares his best-kept secrets and methods of custom guitar making - those which make his guitars favorites among top collectors and players. Tom's unique approach to The Art Of Lutherie will empower and inspire you to create more than just a guitar, but a truly unique work of art. The info ...more
Product Number:
30105MEB
Format:
eBook+Online Video
Skill Level:
Not Applicable
Pages:
56
Binding:
eBook
ISBN:
1-6191-1537-9
ISBN13:
978-16191-1537-8
Publisher:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Date Published:
10/6/2015
The Art Of Lutherie offers a glimpse into the mind and craft of luthier Tom Bills, whom many consider to be one of the most talented luthiers today. In this beautifully written and enjoyable read, Tom elegantly and clearly shares his best-kept secrets and methods of custom guitar making - those which make his guitars favorites among top collectors and players. Tom's unique approach to The Art Of Lutherie will empower and inspire you to create more than just a guitar, but a truly unique work of art. The information that is generously shared within this insightful and timeless work is both practical and applicable. It contains the same hard-won wisdom that only comes from years of experience and experimentation that Tom uses in creating his inspiring instruments. Over the years, he has produced instruments considered to be some of the bestsounding guitars ever made. Learning the steps of how to build a guitar is important, but understanding why master luthiers take those steps and make those decisions can empower you to make your own educated choices. This will allow you to create unique guitars, and the world needs your art, your guitars - your important contribution. The Art Of Lutherie, a truly unique and inspiring guide, can prepare you to reach new heights when designing and creating unique guitars."It is not often I heap such lavish praise on people; however, Tom is in this case more than deserving: I know of no other luthier whose work I respect more. Tom knows his craft inside and out; he pours his soul into every guitar he makes; he uses cutting-edge science to guide his work, and it shows...as head of Artist Relations and Product Development at Mel Bay, it gives me great pleasure to publish Tom's work, which will no doubt take the art of lutherie to a newlevel. I hope you'll spend some time soaking in this book - it will certainly augment your musicality - Collin Bay. Includes access to online video.
The Art of Lutherie

Foreword....................................................................................................................................................................2

Preface........................................................................................................................................................................6

Introduction...............................................................................................................................................................7

Benefits For The Guitar Player....................................................................................................................................7

Benefits For The Guitar Builder..................................................................................................................................7

Section One – Designing For Sound

Chapter 1: Concepts Of Guitar Design...................................................................................................................8

What Is A Guitar?......................................................................................................................................................8

The Guitar As A System.............................................................................................................................................9

Scale Length...............................................................................................................................................................9

The Tonal Effects Of Scale Length..............................................................................................................................9

Fanned Frets - Multi-Scale........................................................................................................................................11

Chapter 2: Defining The Rules Of The Game........................................................................................................12

Effects Of Thickness.................................................................................................................................................12

Tempo......................................................................................................................................................................13

Frequency.................................................................................................................................................................13

Enharmonicity And Compensation..........................................................................................................................13

Tension....................................................................................................................................................................14

Anatomy Of The String............................................................................................................................................14

String Theory & The Blueprint For Sound...............................................................................................................14

Creating A Full Scale Drawing.................................................................................................................................15

Section Two – Application Of Principles

Chapter 3: Set Up & Geometry..............................................................................................................................17

Action: String-Fingerboard Interaction.....................................................................................................................18

The Fingerboard.......................................................................................................................................................18

Forward Bow Of The Fingerboard............................................................................................................................19

Fretwork...................................................................................................................................................................19

Fingerboard Radius..................................................................................................................................................19

Choosing Fret Wire..................................................................................................................................................20

Fret Size...................................................................................................................................................................20

Fret Material............................................................................................................................................................20

The Crown...............................................................................................................................................................21

Fret Ends..................................................................................................................................................................21

Neck Angle..............................................................................................................................................................21

Elevated Fingerboard................................................................................................................................................22

Break Over Angle.....................................................................................................................................................22

Chapter 4: Main Components................................................................................................................................23

Steel String Bridge....................................................................................................................................................23

Archtop Bridge.........................................................................................................................................................24

The Sound Board.....................................................................................................................................................24

Linings and Recurve.................................................................................................................................................25

Recurve....................................................................................................................................................................25

Linings.....................................................................................................................................................................26

Chapter 5: Bracing.................................................................................................................................................28

Bridge Position.........................................................................................................................................................29

Coupling vs Non-Coupling......................................................................................................................................29

Steel String Guitar Bracing.......................................................................................................................................30

Nylon String Guitar Bracing....................................................................................................................................31

Archtop Guitar Bracing............................................................................................................................................31

Bracing Profile .........................................................................................................................................................32

Bracing Contour & Ends.........................................................................................................................................32

Top Architecture......................................................................................................................................................33

Chapter 6: Tap Tuning............................................................................................................................................34

Air Cavity.................................................................................................................................................................34

1. The Body Depth...................................................................................................................................................35

2. The Sound Hole...................................................................................................................................................35

Side Sound-Holes & Forward Projection..................................................................................................................36

The Back Plate..........................................................................................................................................................37

Chapter 7: Tone woods...........................................................................................................................................39

Mass and Stiffness....................................................................................................................................................40

Chapter 8: Visual Harmony...................................................................................................................................42

Begin With The Tradition........................................................................................................................................42

Dimensional Harmony = Visual Harmony...............................................................................................................43

Great Art Tells A Story.............................................................................................................................................44

Chapter 9: Finishing...............................................................................................................................................45

My Story..................................................................................................................................................................45

Chapter 10: Final Thoughts...................................................................................................................................47

A Reminder..............................................................................................................................................................47

Goals........................................................................................................................................................................47

Don’t put the cart before the horse...........................................................................................................................48

Guitar Photos...........................................................................................................................................................49

About The Author....................................................................................................................................................52

 
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