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Natelson builds and repairs classical guitars and is a national supplier of tone woods for constructing stringed instruments. He lives in Philadephia. Cumpiano is a master guitarmaker and teacher of instrument building and repair in Amherst, Massachusetts, serving professional musicians across the country. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? A complete reference for the design and construction of the steel-string folk guitar and the classical guitar.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering technolpgy right now. Please try again later. William Cumpiano and Jonathan Natelson’s book on building an acoustic Steel String guitar and Classical guitars is by no means dated unless you consider the time it was published. Nowhere have I tracition information on building guitars as complete as in this fine publication.

Tradition and Technology is very well written and what was true then still holds true to this day! Other books and I have them all come nowhere near the level of instruction that you will find in this book. Some will show you how to do a particular task but the Cumpiano and Natelson book tells you why! Please know that one can spend a small fortune on unnecessary tools and books setting up a shop.


Most tools for frse guitar building have remained the same in all these years so endless updates is unnecessary. William Cumpiano has updates at his website for those who are interested. Andd one of my students ask me what should be the first book to buy? I tell them they can’t do any better in the fundemental knowledge gained from Guitarmaking: I like this book. He suggested this book.

This book will help you pick what you need as you go. Purchased this to see what it takes to build a guitar.

Amateur woodworking is a hobby and I decided to dabble with being a luthier on top of it. This book is an easy read and easily understood without requiring an engineering degree.

Fairly easy to construct a guitar using this book and make a nicer instrument than a cigar box guitar with the finished product. If you have the tools on hand hand or power tools either one the steps in this book make it fairly simple to construct a decent to nice instrument depending on your abilities and talent.

My first attempt wasn’t the best but they’re getting progressively better. I would recommend pine or a “cheap” wood so you’re not out too much if you mess up rather than a figured wood or veneer for your first attempt If aspiring to be an advanced craftsman, you must read this 25 year old tome. If not the type to brake away from dead still, it will still impress your more ambitious friends having it on the “coffee table”.

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One person found this helpful. While searching for information on building acoustic guitars, I found this title referenced so often that I had to order a copy. While there vree many ways to approach the different steps of building a giutarmaking or steel string guitar, the authors of this book are very open that they are presenting the way that they have found works best for them, and they provide specific details concerning their choices.

Rather than using elaborate and expensive body molds for shaping the sides of the guitar, this book advocates “free” building, using a guitar-shaped work table for construction rather than a form that constricts the sides into shape. If you watch the YouTube videos of Steve Dickie building a guitar, you will see this method of building. I’m impressed with the level of detail provided while still covering the very basic knowledge that a new builder may need. Both steel string and nylon string building techniques are covered, and they are clearly notated as to which is which.


If I could only own one book on building an acoustic guitar, this would easily be the one. Guitamaking must have for luthier’s full of great information and reference material. Really nice book, awesome. I also have Alex Willis’s book on guitar making, and am using his full size plans and instructions.

For some task in Willis’s book that I consider are not the best or easiest ways to accomplish, I consult the Guitar Making: Tradition and Technology book to see possible other ways. It is very complete and I’m sure you could build your first guitar based on this book alone, but make sure to check out William Cumpiano’s website, as there has been some revisions and a couple incorrect numbers that I’m surprised have not been corrected in print. Also he’s developed an easier and better way to join the neck so check that out if this is the adn book you plan on purchasing!

All in all, aside from the lack of plans, this book is very thorough. So thorough infact that I had to skip the whole first chapter describing woods properties and talking about sandpaper and abrasives. And I thought to myself, ‘If you aren’t familiar with that type of stuff perhaps you shouldn’t be building a guitar!

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