Posted on January 4, 2010April 12, 2023 by Dale Phillips Review: The Fine Guitar by José Oribe Review: The Fine Guitar by José Oribe Reviewed by C.F. Casey Originally published in American Lutherie #9, 1987 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume One, 2000 The Fine Guitar José Oribe Mel Bay Music stores or amazon.com, $19.95 First off, let it be said that this is not a “how-to” book; it gives very little specific information on Oribe’s building procedures. To be fair, this was not the book’s intent; as Aaron Shearer says in his foreword, the book deals with “What to think about relative to creating an exceptionally fine guitar” (emphasis Shearer’s). Oribe talks about his years of experience as a luthier, and dwells on the attitudes, theories, and various generalizations that this experience has led him to. Under the headings of materials, soundboard, scale, adhesives, finish, setup, and strings, he conveys a lot of useful...tips isn’t quite the right word; perhaps attitudes. Oribe has a clear, lucid style, all the more surprising when you consider that a lot of what he’s discussing is intangible. Become A Member to Continue Reading This Article This article is part of our premium web content offered to Guild members. To view this and other web articles, join the Guild of American Luthiers. Members also receive 4 annual issues of American Lutherie and get discounts on products. For details, visit the membership page. If you are already a member, login for access or contact us to setup your account.