Contemporary Acoustic Guitar Design and Build - Reader Reaction

  

I believe that this book is the most solid handbook on guitar building that has been written up to now, and that it will stay unsurpassed for quite a bit more than just a few years for it's great practical value I see in it.

Markus Schmid; Switzerland

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Congratulations Trevor, this is the best book on lutherie that I have ever read and I'm pretty sure I have them all....Including the Journal of Guitar Acoustics.

Randy Reynolds; CO, USA

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I just received the books! Wow! I can't wait to read these cover to cover. I just browsed through them. Great work! Anyhow, I love the books and can't wait to spend more time in them. Congratulations!!! These two volumes are the best I've seen for luthiers.

David Schramm; CA, USA

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I received your books yesterday, and simply want to thank you for what I believe will  become a definitive work. Congratulations on what has obviously been a passionate effort.  Over the years these books will become much sought after.

Ross Webster; VIC, Australia  

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I just received the books I ordered from you and I just wanted to write you to thank you for what you and Gerard have written.  This must have been an incredible project for you.  The books are fantastic and I'm really looking forward to learning everything I can from them.   I'm so amazed at how generously you've contributed so much to the guitar building community!   

Thank you and Gerard for your effort.

Chris Giordano; Columbia, MO, USA

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Anyone wanting a COMPLETE methodology pertaining to the construction of acoustic guitars and the tools and fixtures to accompany the tasks, you could not ask for a better set of books!  If you have any interest in guitars, you should have both of these books on your shelves.   

Derek Phelps  guitartechworks; Pleasant Hill, CA, USA

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I would just like to let you know that I have probably close to every guitar building and luthier design books you could imagine.  I have been so excited about your new Contemporary Design and Build book because it is the most detailed and easily explained book in my library. It is also the most professional finished book with such clarity in the photographs and process from beginning of the instrument until the end.  Congratulations on a great job.  I have learnt so much from it already.

Michael Shalhoub; NSW, Australia

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I received your 2 volume book set shortly after ordering and have spent the last few weeks going through them. Both books have proven to be interesting and concisely written. You have achieved a good balance of in-depth technical engineering data, interjected with common sense building prowess, to provide the reader with information that appeals both to be the technical mind and practical builder. Congratulations on a marvellous and successful reading adventure applicable to new and veteran guitar builders alike.

Tim McKnight; OH, USA

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I just received the books I ordered from you and I just wanted to write you to thank you for what you and Gerard have written.  This must have been an incredible project for you.  The books are fantastic and I'm really looking forward to learning everything I can from them.   I'm so amazed at how generously you've contributed so much to the guitar building community!   

Thank you and Gerard for your effort.

Chris Giordano; MO, USA

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I would like to thank you for your books, I received them just before going in vacation and I had really great pleasure to read them. I’m just building guitar as a hobby but very passionate. With your help, I think I will go a step further and would have a faster learning curve to build good instruments. 

Arnaud Belarbi; Montreal, Canada

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I just wanted to let you know that the books arrived today in perfect condition.

This is better service than I get from many vendors located in the States.

Thanks,

Mike Jones; GA, USA 

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I have my copies but have not had a chance to really get to the nitty gritty but what I have read to this point is fabulous and quite clearly the best money I have spent on lutherie in a long while and the best I have spent on lutherie related literature ever.

Kim; WA, Australia

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I am a real fan of the Falcate bracing.  In fact it’s all I use and I would need a really good reason to change.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge and research with the Lutherie Community.  We are all the richer for it.

Paul Lambert; NSW, Australia

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Just a note to let you know that I received the books yesterday (fast!). I browsed through them last night and it is a monumental piece of work. Even from a cursory scan you have answered a few questions on building technique that I've been puzzling over. I particularly like the practical approach and the openness you seem to have brought to the work (there may be fibre breakage but you can fix it with a little glue). Most other books seem to assume a super-human woodworking ability in a world where sides never break and planes never tear out grain. 

I know how I will be spending this weekend, and many others most probably. 

Thanks and congratulations,

Richard Chapman; Monreal, Canada

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Many congratulations on the publishing of your fine books.  Beautifully done. The external quality and the printing reflect the quality of the contents, so well researched and with a wealth of combined experience from master craftsmen. I thank you for your considerable efforts in producing such fine works. I will no doubt use them for reference for the rest of my guitar building days. 

Garry Petrisic; NSW, Australia

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My wife (god love her) bought me your books on guitar design and build for my recent birthday.

Can I congratulate you on a thoughtful, well written and fantastically illustrated tome.  As, at best, a very amateur luthier, I am learning more than I could discover for myself in 20 years.  

Well done!  

Geoff Drummond

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Books arrived 10:30 this morning in the wilderness of Northern California two days after leaving Down Under!  Amazing! They are as beautiful as everyone has said.  

Many thanks.  

Jim Housman; CA, USA

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Magnificent work!  I have rarely, if ever, felt that I've gotten something of such true quality and utility as your design and build opus, and offer again my sincerest thank you.

The work by yourself and Gerard Gilet is absolutely magnificent, and certainly stands beyond any other reference guide for guitar builders to date I know of. Perhaps the nicest result of receiving your books is to know that a rare effective bridging between the worlds of science and engineering and those of empirical woodworking craftsmen in lutherie now exists, and I for one am deeply grateful that you and Gerard have made it happen, and that I have been able to get an edition from you.

With great respect,

Robert Simon; CA, USA  

  

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