This book is about the physics, dynamics, acoustics and construction of the guitar. It's about the mechanics of tone; what materials to build with, when to add or remove wood for maximum benefit, and why those techniques work. Somogyi, with four decades of hands-on experience, explains in exquisite detail how the guitar makes sound, what luthiers need to know in order to build guitars that have good sound, and what musicians need to know to appreciate a really well-made guitar. The focus here is on the steel string guitar but this book, and it's matching volume "Making the Responsive Guitar" (49-333149) are really about the instrument in all its forms. Hardcover. 339 pp.