May 1, 2003

La Chitarra di Liuteria: Masterpieces of Guitar Making
By Stefano Grondona and Luca Waldner
If your lust for guitars extends into the realm of Spanish instruments, this nylon-string bible may be worthy of a place on your bookshelf. Don’t worry, while the text is in Italian, its full English translation is also present on each page—a good thing for anyone interested tracking the evolution of the classical guitar over the last few centuries, because there is an absolute ton of information here. This meaty hardback covers everything from the instrument’s most famous luthiers and legendary performers to its construction and the workshops where stellar nylon-strings have been built over the last few centuries. Of the book’s hundreds of photos, it’s the ones in Part II that may keep your eyes glued to the pages like laminated fillets in a soundhole rosette. This is where a photo essay takes you through the fascinating construction process of a nylon string guitar. The book’s added bonus is a CD packed with some of world’s greatest guitar literature. (Note to rockers: Literature means music.) L’Officina del Libro.

—Jude Gold


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