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Please note: One of the least expensive places to buy Lutherie books, instructional material and non-wood parts, some tools, and accessories for building instruments is Amazon. And on many occasions Amazon offers FREE shipping.  We have put together a list of links for your convenience for all the lutherie books. For the following:

Violin Making
Archtop Guitar Making
Mandolin Making
Lute Making
Tools
Acoustic Guitar Building
Classical Guitar Building
Electric Guitar & Bass Building
Banjo Building

Violin Making Books, DVDs & Plans

Violin Making: A Practical Guide (Hardcover)

by Edward Heron-Allen

Violin Making: A Guide for the Amateur by Bruce Ossman

Art of Violin Making by Chris Johnson, Roy Courtnall, Adrian Lucas, and Lord Menuhin

Violin Repair Guide by Michael Atria
Siminoff's Luthier Glossary NEW! An extensive dictionary of luthier terminology, plus useful reference specifications.
Art of Tap Tuning
Build great sound into your stringed instruments; Siminoff's book and DVD show you how.
Art & Method of the Violin Maker: Principles and Practices (Book Four of the Strobel Series for Violin Makers) by Henry A. Strobe
Cello Making, Step by Step (Book Six of the Strobel Series for Violin Makers) by Henry A. Strobel
The Health of the Violin, Viola & Cello: Practical Advice on the Acquisition, Maintenance, Adjustment, & Conservation of Bowed Instruments by Lucien Greilsamer and Henry A. Strobel
The Big Red Book of American Lutherie: Volume Three, 1991-1993
Violin Varnish by Joseph Michelman
The Luthier's Handbook:  A guide to understanding the science and acoustics of stringed instrument structure, to help you make an instrument sound its best.
 
Making a Simple Violin and Viola by Ronald Roberts (Hardcover)
 

Violin Making by Walter H. Mayson (Kindle Edition - Mar 6, 2009)

 
Violin Making The Strad Library, No IX. by WALTER H. MAYSON (Kindle Edition - May 9, 2009) - Kindle Book
 
Historical Lute Construction The late Robert Lundberg's masterpiece, the definitive work on the lute, celebrates the instrument's history in over 100 photos.

 

 

Archtop Guitar Building Books, DVDs & Plans

Making an Archtop Guitar by Robert Benedetto
The Luthier's Handbook: A guide to understanding the science and acoustics of stringed instrument structure, to help you make an instrument sound its best.
Trade Secrets Book Dan Erlewine has been sharing "trade-secrets" since 1990, we've put them all into two books for you.
Siminoff's Luthier Glossary NEW! An extensive dictionary of luthier terminology, plus useful reference specifications.
Art of Tap Tuning
Build great sound into your stringed instruments; Siminoff's book and DVD show you how.
Art of the Inlay - Design & Technique for Fine Woodworking - Second Edition.
Historical Lute Construction The late Robert Lundberg's masterpiece, the definitive work on the lute, celebrates the instrument's history in over 100 photos.

Complete Illustrated Guide to Wood Finishing This impressive book on techniques for coloring and finishing wood was written by finishing expert Jeff Jewitt.

Pearl Inlay Book
Instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl, and much more.

Hand Made, Hand Played: The Art & Craft of Contemporary Guitars

 

Mandolin Making Books, DVDs & Plans

The Luthier's Handbook: A guide to understanding the science and acoustics of stringed instrument structure, to help you make an instrument sound its best.

Trade Secrets Book Dan Erlewine has been sharing "trade-secrets" since 1990, we've put them all into two books for you.

Siminoff's Luthier Glossary NEW! An extensive dictionary of luthier terminology, plus useful reference specifications.

Art of Tap Tuning
Build great sound into your stringed instruments; Siminoff's book and DVD show you how.

Art of the Inlay - Design & Technique for Fine Woodworking - Second Edition.

Historical Lute Construction The late Robert Lundberg's masterpiece, the definitive work on the lute, celebrates the instrument's history in over 100 photos.

Complete Illustrated Guide to Wood Finishing This impressive book on techniques for coloring and finishing wood was written by finishing expert Jeff Jewitt.
Pearl Inlay Book
Instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl, and much more.
 
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Acoustic Guitar Building Books, DVDs & Plans

Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology: A Complete Reference for the Design & Construction of the Steel-String Folk Guitar & the Classical Guitar (Guitar Reference)

Steel-String Guitar Construction: Acoustic Six-String, Twelve-String, and Arched-Top Guitars. Irving Sloane's classic book on building Dreadnought-sized guitars.

Hand Made, Hand Played: The Art & Craft of Contemporary Guitars

Engineering the Guitar: Theory and Practice

The Guitar Player Repair Guide The 3rd edition of the world's favorite guitar repair book is now more complete and easier to use than ever. Includes FREE DVD!

Trade Secrets Book Dan Erlewine has been sharing "trade-secrets" since 1990, we've put them all into two books for you.

Siminoff's Luthier Glossary NEW! An extensive dictionary of luthier terminology, plus useful reference specifications.
Martin Guitars A Technical Reference Revised and Updated Book 2, NEW! The authoritative resource for identifying all Martin models: specifications, prices and production totals.
Fret Work Step By Step by Dan Erlewine (Author)
Martin Guitars A History NEW! The long-awaited update to Martin's official company history, redesigned and lavishly photographed.
Art of Tap Tuning
Build great sound into your stringed instruments; Siminoff's book and DVD show you how.
The Big Red Book of American Lutherie: Volume Three, 1991-1993
Pearl Inlay Book
Instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl, and much more.
Books,_plans : Building and repair: Guitar, acoustic : Building A Selmer Maccaferri Guitar Building A Selmer Maccaferri Guitar Build an original-style gypsy jazz guitar, from wood selection to final setup.
Historical Lute Construction The late Robert Lundberg's masterpiece, the definitive work on the lute, celebrates the instrument's history in over 100 photos.
Step-by-Step Guitar Making by Alex Willis (Author) Complete manual with full-size plans for building an OM-style steel-string guitar.
Guitar Setup, Maintenance & Repair by John LeVan
Solid information on setup and troubleshooting, from an expert Nashville guitar tech.
The Luthier's Handbook: A guide to understanding the science and acoustics of stringed instrument structure, to help you make an instrument sound its best.
Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar
One of the most organized and attractive recent books on acoustic guitar construction, from English luthier Jonathan Kinkead.
by Irving Sloane
Left-Brain Lutherie
Technical manual that applies physics and engineering to guitar making.
Manual of Guitar Technology
A scientific approach that covers acoustic principles in guitar making, chemical properties of finishing materials and much more.
Art of the Inlay - Design & Technique for Fine Woodworking - Second Edition.
Guitar Finishing Step-by-Step by Dan Erlewine and Don MacRostie
Complete Guitar Repair
A comprehensive book that covers a wide variety of repair and setup situations.
by Irving Sloane
Lutherie Making Hand and Power Tools (Hardcover)
 by Tim Olsen (Author)

Guitar Parts & Accessories

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Classical Guitar Building Books, DVDs & Plans

Classic Guitar Construction Irving Sloane's book on building Spanish-style nylon-string guitars.

Classical Guitar Making A Modern Approach to Traditional Design
An impressively photographed guide for building a concert classical guitar from scratch.

Hand Made, Hand Played: The Art & Craft of Contemporary Guitars

 
Siminoff's Luthier Glossary NEW! An extensive dictionary of luthier terminology, plus useful reference specifications.
Making Master Guitars by Roy Courtnall
Fret Work Step By Step by Dan Erlewine (Author)
The Luthier's Handbook: A guide to understanding the science and acoustics of stringed instrument structure, to help you make an instrument sound its best.
Left-Brain Lutherie
Technical manual that applies physics and engineering to guitar making.
Art of Tap Tuning
Build great sound into your stringed instruments; Siminoff's book and DVD show you how.
The Big Red Book of American Lutherie: Volume Three, 1991-1993

Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology: A Complete Reference for the Design & Construction of the Steel-String Folk Guitar & the Classical Guitar (Guitar Reference)

Guitar Finishing Step-by-Step by Dan Erlewine and Don MacRostie
Guitar Setup, Maintenance & Repair by John LeVan
Solid information on setup and troubleshooting, from an expert Nashville guitar tech.
The Classical Guitar Book - A Complete History
Manual of Guitar Technology
A scientific approach that covers acoustic principles in guitar making, chemical properties of finishing materials and much more.

Guitar Fretboard Workbook by Barrett Tagliarino

Complete Guitar Repair
A comprehensive book that covers a wide variety of repair and setup situations.
Masuru Kohno Classical Guitar Plans - Full Scale Drawings, for Making This World Class Guitar by Masuru Kohno Classical Guitar Plans
Historical Lute Construction The late Robert Lundberg's masterpiece, the definitive work on the lute, celebrates the instrument's history in over 100 photos.

Classical Guitar PLANS - Full Scale - Set of 6, Kohno, Contreras, Ramirez, Hauser, Torres, Barbero by Set of 6 full Scale Classical Guitar Plans - blueprints

Engineering the Guitar: Theory and Practice

Manuel Contreras Classical Guitar Plans - Full Scale by Manuel Contreras Classical Guitar Plans.
Trade Secrets Book Dan Erlewine has been sharing "trade-secrets" since 1990, we've put them all into two books for you.
Lutherie Making Hand and Power Tools (Hardcover)
 by Tim Olsen (Author)

Classical Guitar Parts & Accessories

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Electric Guitar & Bass Building Books, DVDs & Plans

 

Build Your Own Electric Guitar: Complete Instruction

The Guitar Player Repair Guide The 3rd edition of the world's favorite guitar repair book is now more complete and easier to use than ever. Includes FREE DVD!

Trade Secrets Book Dan Erlewine has been sharing "trade-secrets" since 1990, we've put them all into two books for you.

Siminoff's Luthier Glossary NEW! An extensive dictionary of luthier terminology, plus useful reference specifications.

Fret Work Step By Step by Dan Erlewine (Author)

A Complete Custom Electric Guitar Build Antony Dewar Director: Andrew Mason Rating: Unrated Format:DVD

Art of Tap Tuning
Build great sound into your stringed instruments; Siminoff's book and DVD show you how.
The Big Red Book of American Lutherie: Volume Three, 1991-1993

by Hideo Kamimoto "A well-set up electric guitar plays in tune and with good intonation, responds smoothly and easily to your playing style, and sends out the amplified..."

Guitar Setup, Maintenance & Repair by John LeVan
Solid information on setup and troubleshooting, from an expert Nashville guitar tech.

Guitar Finishing Step-by-Step by Dan Erlewine and Don MacRostie

Pearl Inlay Book
Instructions for grinding, sawing, routing and gluing abalone and mother-of-pearl, and much more.

The Luthier's Handbook: A guide to understanding the science and acoustics of stringed instrument structure, to help you make an instrument sound its best.

Manual of Guitar Technology
A scientific approach that covers acoustic principles in guitar making, chemical properties of finishing materials and much more.

Art of the Inlay - Design & Technique for Fine Woodworking - Second Edition.
Complete Guitar Repair
A comprehensive book that covers a wide variety of repair and setup situations.
Gibson Explorer Electric Guitar - PLANS to Build - Full Scale.
Gibson Firebird Studio Electric Guitar PLANS - Full Scale - How to Build
Lutherie Making Hand and Power Tools (Hardcover)
 by Tim Olsen (Author)
Left-Brain Lutherie
Technical manual that applies physics and engineering to guitar making.

Luthier Books, Plans, DVD, & Gear

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