Looking for Instructional Materials

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Grant22, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. Grant22

    Grant22 Groovin' the gospel

    Oct 29, 2005
    Winter Garden FL
    Do you guys know of any good instructional materials out there for someone who is completely new to the world of bass building?

  2. Martin Koch's book. Get it on Amazon. $25. It's pretty much the authoritative book on luthiery.
  3. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Aug 31, 2001
    Halifax, Canada
    Owner - St. Germaine Guitars
    I'd recommend Melvyn Hiscock's "Make Your Own Electric Guitar". That's the book I started with and it gives you some good fundamental ideas of how the instrument should be designed and constructed. From that I find it is easy to work out other ways of doing things.
  4. Ya, that's the other most popular book. Buy either one (or both! :D ) and you'll be set
  5. basstruck

    basstruck Guest

    Nov 25, 2005
    Visit this site:

    It is a Luthiers site that gives you good advice and a list of all the suppliers for tools and wood in USA.

    or visit:

    They have plans to handcraft 4, 5 or 6 string basses and they have a plan to make a Fender jazz with all the instructions from rough wood to a bass.
    Good luck with your project!
  6. paintandsk8

    paintandsk8 Pushin' my soul through the wire...

    May 12, 2003
    West Lafayette, IN
    another thumbs up for hiscock's book. I just bought it and it has alot of good info. I picked mine up on amazon for $18.