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Classical Guitar Building Book & DVD Set

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The perfect guitar building book/dvd set from well known luthier/author John Bogdanovich. Excellent instruction displayed in amazing detail. Pick up new skills, get tool tips and learn to master guitar building techniques. Different guitar building techniques and guitar designs in each.


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The perfect guitar building set for your library. The highly regarded book “Classical Guitar Making: A Modern Approach to a Traditional Design” and the award winning 10-DVD video series by master artisan John S. Bogdanovich have been packaged together for a savings.

Expand your skill set and get better results no matter what level of experience you have. The excellent vividly detailed instruction will help you make a guitar that sounds great with optimal set up for playability. Both the video series and the book describe the making of a classical guitar in its entirety. And they each present a different guitar design.  Different guitar building techniques are also used to construct the guitar in each.

The book is geared toward the first time builder with and presents a traditional guitar design. The guitar building techniques demonstrated focus more on hand tool work. The guitar can be built using these methods with a minimally equipped shop.

The DVD presents a bit more challenging guitar design with more advanced building techniques. The techniques demonstrated use more power tools and equipment than those of the book. These techniques will have you working faster while getting better results. Theses techniques will work on the guitar in the book as well. Be sure to download the free dvd booklet(pdf) which outlines all the content and includes instructions for accessing the drawings on disc 10.

The dvd includes full size color drawings and acetates for the guitar as well as most of the jigs and fixtures used in the video series. The book can be a helpful reference companion for the video series. Plans in the book are not full size. Full size printed plans are available for both here. 

In the book:

Over 600 photos and drawings
Plans for the guitar (not full size)
Plans for the binding/purfling cutter

In the DVD:

Over 14 hours of instructional video
Tips on tools and equipment
Full scale drawings and acetates for the guitar (PDF)

Jig & Fixture Drawings:

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

(verified owner)

I would not have attempted to build an arch-topped classical guitar before buying John’s book and DVD’s as my assumption was that the classical arena was shrouded in mystery and dark magic. John’s material removes aura of esoteric mysticism. John’s style is relaxed, competent, and eminently understandable. Prior experience, while certainly helpful, is not prerequisite to following along and understanding as John describes every operation in the design and construction of a truly beautiful guitar. Highly recommended.

(verified owner)

I was looking for a comprehensive instructional system for building a classical guitar. I decided to invest in the Classical Guitar Building and DVD Set produced by John Bogdanovich. I am very pleased with the product. Before attempting my first instrument I read the book and watched all of the DVD’s. The DVD’s were especially useful. I come from a background of wood working and am comfortable with using many tools, however, I have never used hand planes and chisels to the level required to build a quality instrument. In the DVD series, John walks the viewer through every step of the process and gives tips and suggestions for tool use, what to watch for and gives a great overview of the process to follow in order to make a quality instrument. As I began the process of building my first classical guitar I used the book as a reference and a quick go to resource for building. Occasionally I would go back and watch different portions of the DVD to clarify what steps to take. The first guitar that I built (ever in my life) was simply amazing. By following the John’s method, the guitar I built was easy to play and had no fret buzz. The basses are resonant and the trebles are dynamic. I have shown and played my guitar to people who have been playing classical guitar all of their lives and they are truly impressed. I am about to finish my second instrument and have begun preparing for my third. So far the second guitar is turning out better than my first! I would highly recommend this set for anyone wanting to explore the art of lutherie.

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Weight5 lbs
Dimensions11 × 9 × 2 in