Posted on January 6, 2010February 8, 2024 by Dale Phillips Review: Steel-String Guitar Construction by Irving R. Sloane Review: Steel-String Guitar Construction by Irving R. Sloane Reviewed by David Riggs Originally published in American Lutherie #26, 1991 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Three, 2004 Steel-String Guitar Construction Irving R. Sloane Bold Strummer, 1990 ISBN 0-933224-19-2 This is a reissue of a book which was originally published in 1975 and was, at that time, just about the only widely available assistance for those aspiring to build a steel string guitar. In its new edition, it is virtually unchanged from its original incarnation and thus is as good or as bad as it used to be. Although some of the book’s information might appear a bit dated to our information-saturated eyes, it does contain at least one essential feature available nowhere else. The purpose of this book is to give a person with a few woodworking skills the information needed to build a first guitar, and Mr. Sloane successfully covers all aspects of this commission. Good, solid advice is given concerning selection of materials, design requirements, and the processes which will result in a satisfactory effort, whilst avoiding great expense for materials and special tools. 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.