He was raised in the capital of Puerto Rico where he received his primary and secondary education. On one occasion, Cumpiano wandered into an eatery next to his grade school which had a jukebox. This early experience would eventually grow into his passion for Puerto Rican traditional instruments and singing. He wanted to study engineering, and in he moved to Medford, Massachusetts. There he enrolled at Tufts University where he discovered that he was more interested in studying art. He earned his B.
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Start your review of Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology Write a review Shelves: music , guitar This book has been called the "Bible of Guitar Making" by many and although it shows some signs of age, the concept and execution are brilliant. William Cumpiano presents a step by step tutorial on how to build either a classical or steel string guitar, from scratch.
There are ample black and white photos throughout, though it is the insightful overviews that will grab your attention. Meticulous detail is presented throughout and I believe that if you have the time to invest in such an endeavor This book has been called the "Bible of Guitar Making" by many and although it shows some signs of age, the concept and execution are brilliant. Meticulous detail is presented throughout and I believe that if you have the time to invest in such an endeavor and you carefully follow the direction, you too will be able to produce a quality instrument.
This is a brilliant book that could possibly be made slightly better with a newer addition with color photographs and perhaps some more contemporary techniques. Overall this is a must read for anyone interested in Luthiers and what goes into creating a hand made instrument. It is carefully worded in an almost romantic tone however you will have the urge from time to time to skip paragraphs. Teaches both the insides and outs of Classical Guitars and Steel String acoustics. It is most definitely geared for production shops with advanced knowledge and even metal work.
It has a chapter dedicated to Recommended by a Veteran Luthier, this edition seems dated though does provide both the historical process that is the modern day guitar as well as the technical process.
It has a chapter dedicated to building your own truss rod For my purposes as a beginner its a little too direct to apply to my experience. The introduction says right off the bat not to use hide glue Even so it is good to have another perspective with alternative solutions to common construction issues. Learning the history is even more important.
Recommended for advanced students but can help the beginner to understand why the steel string guitar exists at all. Dremel , etc. The book is meant to teach the fundamentals of guitar building, and it does so by walking the reader through the build process of one steel string guitar and one classical guitar.
It exclusively uses the traditional and time-tested method employed by the author. If your goal is to build world class instruments you owe it to yourself to explore additional methods, and you will need to spend time studying with experienced luthiers. Sep 29, Dey Martin rated it it was amazing The holy bible for guitar builders. William Cumpiano is the St. Peter of lutherie.
ISBN 13: 9780811806404
William R. Cumpiano
Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology