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The Guitar Making 10-DVD box Set

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"Making a Concert Classical Guitar with John S. Bogdanovich" is the first video series on classical guitar making. The 10-DVD series demonstrates and explains and demonstrates the entire process of building a concert classical guitar from beginning to end leaving no stone unturned. Although not for a beginner, the book is for that, I think everyone that watches will lwalk away with something.

From picking out the wood, to stringing the guitar up and playing it. Watch and learn as teh instrument takes shape on screen. Everything is clearly explained. What is going on and why, as it is being done.

Not only will you expand your guitar building knowledge, but if you make a guitar as demostrated you will raise your level of craftsmanship as well, I promise.

There are explanations of jigs, tools, equipment, methods and materials along the way - over 14 hours of detailed instruction on making a top notch concert classical guitar.

I am most proud of this production as I did most of the work myself. The video won an award as an instructional craft video.

" He describes what he's focusing on, how he's dealing with the little variations he discovers as he's working the wood, and how he's solving unavoidable problems that arise. Its invaluable to hear and watch someone with John's skill do the work"

Tom Harper, American Lutierie Magazine, DVD Review

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The above quote is taken from an article in the Spring 2013 issue 113 of American Lutherie written by Tom Harper. Tom makes the guitar in the 10-DVD Box Set - "Making a Concert Classical Guitar with John S. Bogdanovich" following all the instructions provided from start to finish, and ends up with a really nice instrument. The article is well written and is a good indication of what you can expect building this guitar. There are tons of photos showing various stages of the process.

In order to get this magazine you must be a member of The Guild of American Luthiers, or GAL. Sadly they don't have articles on their website but you can join the GAL and receive your copy here.

Making a video like this is all about delivering top notch instruction that conveys things visually as well as verbally. So I hired a professional crew and the entire thing was shot with two cameras, one for close ups and one for a full on shot. This way the viewer gets the full experince seeing all the action as it is happening. The video gives an over the shoulder perspective of the what it is like to build one of my guitars.

For Whom the DVD was Intended

This dvd series is intended for aspiring guitar builders or anyone that wants to build a better guitar. It helps to have some woodworking experience but if you are a beginner there are videos on the site to help you develop your skils.

The guitar built in the video is a different guitar design than that of the book - its a bit more advanced and a bit more challenging. The building techniques demonstrating here utilize power tools and equipment more than the book does and is closer to the way I build my guitars. There is also a huge amount of hand tool work demonstrated in the video so it is definetly possible to walk away from this with better skills than you had before - even if you choose not to build the guitar.

A Substitute for Taking a Class

The instruction demonstrated in this video is very thorough. It is literally a complete guitar building class. A class that you can take as time allows, and you don't have to leave your home. You can save on motel bills, traveling expenses, and avoid loosing time from your work or business.

For basic material not covered in the video like sharpening and using your tools properly, there are free videos available on the site to fill in the gaps. And more are added all the time so check kback in from time to time.

If you want to save time and avoid creating nasty dust from MDF in your shop I carry all the templates, molds, tools and wood used in the video that may be difficult or impossible to find elsewhere. These are the vary same things I use in the shop every day.

Drawings Included as PDFs:

  • Full sized Guitar drawings
  • Top acetate
  • Back acetate
  • Solera with rims
  • Side Slot Cutting Jig
  • Purfling Cutter Revised
  • Inside Heel Cutting Sled
  • Shooting Boards
  • Bench hook
  • Wheat Gluing Fixture I & II
  • 30 Degree Wheat Cutting Jig
  • Bridge Locator

Drawings are Included on Disc 10

The guitar making 10-dvd box set includes complete set of full scale color drawings and acetates (used for layout of the top and back) in PDF format for the guitar, as well as most of the fixtures and jigs used throughout the video are included on disc 10. Include drawings are listed at right.

Access to Drawings on Disc 10

Drawings included as PDFs on disc 10. To access the drawings put disc 10 in your computer, click on the disc icon when it appears on your desktop and drag the drawings folder to your desktop. The drawing files, as well as printing instructions, are contained in this folder. The drawings can be printed and/or viewed on your desktop with Adobe Acrobat Reader which comes installed on your computer.

Classical Guitar Making DVD Available as Download

The entire content of the classical guitar making 10-DVD box set is now available as a digital download. Download sequences as you go - work at your own pace, or for a savings, purchased all 12 sequences together for $199.99. The complete set of drawings for the guitar and most jigs and fixtures used in the DVD are included in sequence 12. More information about the classical guitar making video downloads...

Special Segment on Disc 10

Stanely Yates Playing Bogdanovich Guitar

Upon completion of the guitar there is a special appearance by international performer and recording artist Stanley Yates. Prior to his performance in the studio there is an interview with Mr. Yates in which he assesses the guitar from a players perspective highlighting the different aspects of a concert instrument performers look for. It is real treat as Stanley demonstrates things like response, sustain, separation and harmonics on the guitar built in the video. In the recording session at Echo Mountain Studios Stanley was recorded some music for an online project. We were able to videotape a few pieces from that session. Music played during the recording session were preformed on the guitar built in this DVD series.

The video format is NTSC wide screen (16:9 aspect ratio) for all regions. In the future if HD technology becomes affordable to produce on this scale an HD version will be released. Purchase the 10-DVD Box Set "Making a Concert Classical Guitar"

Downloadable Guitar Making DVD Booklet Updated

The free booklet that accompanies the Guitar Making 10-DVD Box Set has been updated. The update includes a new section on how to access the drawings on disc 10, new pdf with table of contents and links, and photos from the video. Download free accompanying booklet for guitar making DVD box set here...

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