Complete Guitar Repair by Hideo Kamimoto is a good primer on all that is involved in the “set-up, restoration and construction of the acoustic and electric guitar.” The book begins with details of the construction of various guitars, then moves on to a chapter on general repair information such as the workshop, tools, clamps, glues, wood, and strings.
Then we get a chapter on guitar adjustments, a chapter on the action and scale including tuning. Later chapters focus on specific areas such as the peghead, machine head, neck and fingerboard (with fret calculations), frets, fretting, the bridge, etc. Then the book moves on to repair, such as cracks and missing pieces, touch up and refinishing. A final chapter discusses electric guitar pickups and controls.
The book is not an exhaustive reference but a great guide to the overall tasks involved in bringing an old guitar back to life. Many little tricks and tips throughout have application in other fields. It’s definitely a somewhat dated book however — we’d love to hear of other favorite guitar repair books used by Toolmongers. The book’s available for about $14.00 used and $18.45 new from Amazon w/ SS shipping.
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