photo below shows a handful of the
many kit guitars
Bill Cory's writing and photography have appeared in numerous national magazines, including Acoustic Guitar, Woodcraft, Petersen's PhotoGraphic, The Rangefinder, Photo Lab Management, Mexico's West Coast, Four-Wheeler, Babytalk, Westways, and others. This is his third book. His latest book is an illustrated building manual for Martin-style guitar kits; now available through this website.
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by Bill Cory. eBook Edition (Published April, 2009). 8.5" x 11", 240 pages, 491 photos (greyscale), Adobe PDF, appx. 13Mb download; $24.95 (Colo residents charged 3% tax)
What you need is a non-biased review of them, right? Okay. Here it is. In just one of the 15 chapters in this comprehensive new book, the major kits are reviewed and compared in detail by a guy who has built all of them.
With 491 photos of these kits in process and completed, and clear, easy-to-read writing, this book takes all the mystery out of kits, and explains how building a kit is — and isn't — like building from "scratch." A kit can cost several hundred dollars, and tools a few hundred more; but the satisfaction of building and playing that special guitar — priceless.
When he strung up his first guitar, the author was totally hooked! Almost twenty more kits of different types have been built since them. And, how do they sound? Bill says: "I am constantly gratified by their resonance and sustain and the richness of their tone. It is a lot more fulfilling than just buying a new guitar!" The enjoyment of building kits motivated the author to start the world's only discussion group for kit builders (www.KitGuitarsForum.com, now owned by John Hall of BluesCreekGuitars.com), and to write these books to help others get started and complete their first few kits successfully.
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