Hand Made, Hand Played: The Art & Craft Of Contemporary Guitars is a beautiful book. Guitars of all varieties are showcased: historic, classical & flamenco, flattop, harp, acoustic bass, archtop & other jazz, Hawaiian & resonator, hollow & solid bodied electrics, and electric bass.
This is the kind of book to just browse through and look at the pictures or spend time learning about each guitar and how guitars work in general. It covers luthier work (those who make guitars) and the work of inlay artists who might decorate the fretboard or other parts of the guitar with color photos and close-up shots as well as written description.
Guitars are showcased from big guitar companies’ hand-made specialty guitars to smaller, individual luthier’s works. At the end, the author provides the website addresses for all the companies in case a reader gets inspired to buy a hand-made guitar.
One local luthier made the cut. J. Thomas Davis has a 1983 12-string guitar and a harp guitar from 2003 in the book. Both instruments, while exotic to the casual browser, have a simple, elegant style about them. There’s a brief description about his business and which guitar-playing luminaries have purchased from him. If you are curious about this local guitar making artisan, check out his website:
As always, you can check the book out at your local library. It’s best to reserve a copy ahead of time since this is something of a “specialty” book. You can do this at: