CONSTRUCTING A SOLID-BODY GUITAR-A COMPLETE TECHNICAL GUIDE-ROGER H. SIMINOFF LIUTERIA LIBRO

CONSTRUCTING A SOLID-BODY GUITAR, ROGER H. Siminoff.

LIBRO MANUALE DI LIUTERIA PER LA COSTRUZIONE DI UNA CHITARRA ELETTRICA SOLID BODY. 

FOTOGRAFIE BIANCO E NERO E A COLORI DI TUTTE LE FASI DI LAVORAZIONE. 

CON ALLEGATI I PROGETTI IN SCALA 1/1.

 

Guida tecnica completa curata nei minimi particolari per la costruzione di una chitarra elettrica solid-body. I vari tipi di legno, il manico, la tastiera, il corpo, la posizione dei pickup, l'assemblaggio delle diverse parti, fino al colore e alla verniciatura. Il tutto illustrato da oltre 150 fotografie. Contiene anche un progetto pronto per essere realizzato a grandezza naturale. In inglese.

Whether you're a musician or a woodworking enthusiast, you'll thoroughly enjoy Roger Siminoff's book, Constructing A Solid Body Guitar. This 64-page manual uses over 150 photos, several illustrations and four life-size blueprints to assist the reader in choosing the proper materials and tools, as well as using the correct skills and techniques to produce a beautiful handmade instrment that doesn't look handmade at all! Plastic-comb bound.

 

Roger H. Siminoff has been building and playing musical instruments for almost 30 years. During that time, he has had far more than a passing interest in music, graphic arts, and industrial design - a combination that has made him one of America's foremost authorities on string instruments and their design, a leading music journalist, and a highly respected inventor. Born in 1940 in Newark, New Jersey, Siminoff showed an early interest in mechanical things. That laid an important foundation for his creative career. As a teenager, one of Roger's first instruments was a pedal steel guitar with linkage made from model airplane parts. Among others was a roughly crafted - but playable - 5-string banjo. The first led to a second, and that led to a whole series of instruments, and ultimately to a catalog full of Siminoff-made instrument parts. By the early 1960's, Roger was building custom banjo necks and parts for musicians in the New York metropolitan area. Before the end of the decade, his mail-order parts business - Siminoff Banjos – was providing special equipment and accessories to instrument makers in every part of the world. During that time, Roger was attending the Parsons School of Design in New York City. He majored in Industrial Design and then started a graphic arts company in New Jersey that specialized in photography, art services, and printing. Not limiting his mechanical interests to instrument construction, in 1963 he developed and built a prototype for a major East Coast printing equipment manufacturer, of an offset printing machine capable of printing the faces and flaps (at the same time) of envelopes at 18,000 impressions per hour - a rate unprecedented in the industry. Having branched out into the building of guitars and mandolins in early 1970, Siminoff conceived and built special carving machines needed to do the exact shaping of instrument necks, and of mandolin top and back plates. By early 1973, he had developed a unique truss rod system to counteract the forces of string tension on musical instrument necks. For this design, he was awarded a U.S. patent in 1974. During the following year, that design was licensed to Gibson Incorporated, an internationally prominent musical instrument manufacturer now based in Nashville, Tennessee. With printing facilities readily available to him, Siminoff channeled his banjo expertise into the writing and preparation of an instruction book for bluegrass banjo playing. The book established itself as a success in a matter of months. Then Roger embarked on an even more ambitious publishing project: the creation of a monthly music magazine that focused on bluegrass and old-time country music. In February 1974, PICKIN' MAGAZINE made its debut. Within two years, it was hailed as the most influential publication of its kind. By mid 1975, Roger had several other musical instrument and accessory designs in progress. These included the invention of a special fast-wind tuning knob for string instruments (for which he was granted a U.S. Patent and several foreign patents). The knob, dubbed the "CRANK," has been licensed to Gibson and to Schaller, (W. Germany) a world reknowned manufacturer of tuning machines, A unique nut, with adjustable slots for each string, also won Siminoff a U.S. patent and subsequently was licensed to Dunlop Manufacturing. Then his frustrations at the inconvenience of changing strings won him a few more patents: he invented two methods to change instrument's strings without cutting, twisting, or knotting them. One design, a string with a special pin at its peghead end, was licensed to Gibson under the name "GRABBERS." In early 1984, Roger was granted another U.S. Patent, this one for an unusual modular guitar. It features interlocking parts that permit a musician to put together an instrument to suit his or her tastes in much the same way a photographer might change camera bodies and lenses. It is expected that this guitar will make its debut in mid-1986. Several other music-related designs are in progress on the Siminoff workbench. Competing with them for space are many projects not related to music, such as a radical design for a new valve system for the common gasoline engine. As a consultant to Gibson, Roger assisted in the reissuance of several instruments originally produced by Gibson in its earlier years. Among these were the Earl Scruggs model banjo (a replica of Scruggs' Granada model). Another was the reintroduction of the famed F-5 mandolin first produced by Gibson in the 1920's. This instrument has been enthusiastically received since making its successful "comeback" in 1978. Doing consulting work for several other instrument manufacturers, Siminoff has been responsible for the development of special hand-finishing techniques, improved structural designs, and compatability "tuning" of the acoustic properties inherent in individual instrument parts. As an author, Siminoff's writings include literally hundreds of articles on instrument construction and repair, musical acoustics, and the history and craftsmanship of musical instruments.

A COMPLETE TECHNICAL GUIDE by ROGER H. SIMINOFF

A COMPLETE TECHNICAL GUIDE by ROGER H. SIMINOFF

CONTENTS

PREFACE

 

CHAPTER ONE

THE INSTRUMENT

TOOLS

HARDWARE

 

CHAPTER TWO

ACOUSTICS OF THE ELECTRIC GUITAR

 

CHAPTER THREE

WOOD

AVAilABILITY OF WOODS

 

CHAPTER FOUR

GLOSSARY

 

CHAPTER FIVE

BUILDING THE NECK

THE TRUSS ROD

ATTACHING THE EARS

lOCATING THE FRETBOARD PLANE

INSTALLING THE NECK-FASTENING HARDWARE ..

THE PEGHEAD

Covering The Peghead

Creating The Peghead's Shape

Preparing The Peghead Veneer

Attaching The Peghead Veneer

Finalizing The Peghead Thickness

Shaping The Peghead

Drilling The Peghead

 

CHAPTER SIX

THE FRETBOARD

Binding The Fretboard

Installing The Fretboard

SHAPING THE NECK TO THE FRETBOARD

DECORATION

Creating The Designs

Cutting The Pearl

Inlaying The Pieces

Cementing The Pieces In Place

Finishing The Peghead's Inlaid Surface

ARCHING THE FRETBOARD

POSITION MARKERS

INSTALLING THE FRETS

SHAPING THE NECK

 

CHAPTER SEVEN

CONSTRUCTING THE BODY

Types Of Body Constructions

Creating The Body's Shape

laminating The Body

Fitting The Neck To the Body

Cutting Out The Body Shape

lOCATING THE BRIDGE POSITION

INSTALLING A STUD BRIDGE AND STUD

TAILPIECE

INSTALLING A TREMOLO UNIT

lOCATING THE PICKUP POSITIONS

ROUTING OUT THE PICKUP CAVITIES

POSITIONING THE ELECTRONIC CONTROLS

ROUTING OUT THE ELECTRONICS CAVITY

lOCATING THE OUTPUT JACK

CONNECTING All COMPONENTS

INSTALLING THE BRIDGE AND TAILPIECE STUDS.

 

CHAPTER EIGHT

PRE-FITTING All THE PARTS

Fitting The Nut

Electronics Coverplate

 

CHAPTER NINE

FINAL SANDING

FilLING THE WOOD'S PORES

 

CHAPTER TEN

COLORING

Curly Maple Grain Contrast

Sunburst Shading

CLEANING THE BINDING

 

CHAPTER ELEVEN

FINISHING

Preparation For Spraying

Wet Sanding

Polishing

 

CHAPTER TWELVE

ASSEMBLING THE INSTRUMENT

Dressing The Fretboard

Dressing The Frets

Truss Rod Cover

Installing The Geared Machines

Shielding The Electronics

Attaching The Tailpiece, Bridge, and Pickups

Wiring The Electronics

Attaching The Neck

Filing The String Slots In The Nut

MAINTENANCE AND MINOR ADJUSTMENTS

ADJUSTING THE INTONATION

TAKING CARE OF YOUR GUITAR

PARTING THOUGHTS

 

APPENDIX I

SUPPLIERS

 

APPENDIX II

FRETTING SCALES

 

APPENDIX III

HARDWARE

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