The Bouzouki Building Bible
The first and only complete guide, in any language, to constructing your Greek bouzouki from scratch. This book covers every aspect of Greek bouzouki building, in great detail. It presents a unique approach to bouzouki building, in which the major parts are constructed, as much as possible, separately, so that any major problems can be easily corrected, or discarded and redone, without damage to the instrument as a whole. More traditional and alternate construction practices are, of course, also discussed.
Section 1 is Preparation: basic design parameters, tools, safety, workspace, and detailed construction overview.
Section 2 is Building the Body: design and wood selection, making the form, the staves, the sides, and the capping strip.
Section 3 is Building the Neck: design and wood selection, building the neck blank, headstockconstruction, neck reinforcement, truss rod installation, headstock veneer, shaping the headstock, and drilling and slotting the headstock.
Section 4 is Building the Soundboard: design and wood selection, gluing the soundboard, the rosette, the pickguard, and bracing.
Section 5 is Building the Fretboard: fretboard design and wood selection, fretboard slotting and shaping the fretboard, and fretboard markers.
Section 6 is Assembling the Major Parts of the Instrument: shaping the rim and preparing the inside of the body, kerfed linings, reinforcing and lining the body, label, attaching the top to the body, neck tenon and the neck block mortise, purfling and binding, gluing the fretboard and shaping the neck, gluing the neck to the body, and fret work.
Section 7 is Finishing and Setup: sanding, pore filling, finishing, level sanding and buffing, bridge, final assembly and setup, and pickups.
Appendices cover Names of Parts of the Bouzouki, and Dimensions of Parts. Includes drawings and plans for the form on which to build the body, and instrument. 289 pages, with over 230 black and white pictures and diagrams. In English. 8-1/2 x 11.
Greek Bouzouki Care and Maintenance
How to keep your Greek bouzouki playing, sounding, and looking its best.
This guide covers everything you need to know to properly care for and maintain your Greek bouzouki. It covers proper evaluating the condition of your bouzouki to determine what maintenance it might need, proper set-up, fret condition, nut and saddle height, cleaning, polishing, and restringing. 39 pages, 14 pictures. In English. 8-1/2 x 11.
How to Buy a Greek Bouzouki
The definitive guide to evaluating and buying Greek bouzoukis.
The definitive guide to evaluating and buying Greek bouzoukis. This guide covers everything you need to know to make you a more educated consumer of Greek bouzoukis. The book covers buying a Greek bouzouki while in Greece, as well as buying one from a foreign country – what questions to ask, what to look for, and what can be customized. There is a section on evaluating bouzoukis, so you can tell if what you are looking at is a quality instrument. 39 pages, In English. 8-1/2 x 11.