One of the most asked questions I
"How do I build my own bass guitar?"
While I enjoy sharing tips and information, my time
is valuable to me and it is very difficult to teach someone how
to build an instrument through emails!
Two of the most helpful organizations
that I strongly recommend that you join are;
Guild of American Luthiers http://www.luth.org/
The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans http://www.guitarmaker.org/
For books on guitarmaking I suggest;
Guitarmaking: History and Tradition, by Cumpiano/Natelson
Making Master Guitars, by Roy Courtnall
Classic Guitar Construction, by Irving Sloane
Steel String Guitar Construction, by Irving Sloane
The Steel String Guitar, by David Russell Young
Animal Magnetism For Musicians, by Erno Zwaan (great resource
for bass construction)
Lutherie Tools: Making Hand and Power Tools for String
Lutherie Woods and Steel String Guitars, both by GAL members
Guild of American Luthier's Big Red books. There are several
volumes now, containing a wealth of information from experts
and amateurs alike.
For plans with the Kasha bracing
Allied Lutherie Ltd. has the center hole design available;
PLA9 Kasha/Schneider, original, 2 sheets (drawn by Stuart Adamson).
Also other plans by Stuart Adamson meant more for the beginning
or experimental luthier.
Luthiers Mercantile International has 2 Kasha/Schneider
guitar plans available;
PL26-center soundhole-drawn by Stuart Adamson
PL27-offset soundhole-drawn by George Majkowski
There is much information on the construction method
of the Kasha/Schneider guitar in the article written by Jonathon
Peterson in the Guild of American Luthiers magazine, issues #58
summer & #59 fall, 1999.