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Beauty of the 'Burst: Gibson Sunburst Les Pauls from 1958 to 1960 [Paperback]

Yasuhiko Iwanade
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Beauty of the 'Burst: Gibson Sunburst Les Pauls from 1958 to 1960 + The Les Paul Guitar Book: A Complete History of Gibson Les Paul Guitars + Gibson Les Paul Manual: How to Buy, Maintain and Set Up the Legendary Les Paul Electric Guitar
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation (31 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793573742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793573745
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.1 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, the long-awaited English edition of this historic Japanese book is here! 'The Beauty of the 'Burst' pays tribute to Gibson's magnificent Sunburst Les Pauls made between 1958 and 1960, the most highly prized solid body electric guitars ever. The m

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nirvana for anoraks 1 Dec 2008
this book is everything you could hope for if you are (as i am) obsessed with good looking les pauls.

it basically scans like a playboy calendar that runs for about two hundred pages. i love it!

the guitars in this book must have a combined value of millions and millions, which is awesome - the best thing is that they were all made by a small team 50 years ago to be working instruments played by normal people.

even though these particular guitars are destined to be the next Stradivariuses (god, that's a clumsy plural!), and most people will never see (let alone touch or play) one of these guitars, this book makes you feel that little bit closer to that crazy 36ish month period when musical history and future history was being made.

I'm 30 now, and i'll be seeing these guitars and their sisters turn up in the hands of great players for my entire life, and they'll continue to be around and played long after i'm gone. this book makes me feel that bit better about my own mortality, and the immortality of these incredible instruments.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Look no further 31 Mar 1999
By A Customer
This is hands down the best book on 58'-60' 'Bursts there is. Tons of info, gobs of gorgeous photos...you name it...its' all here and then some. Price is also fair, for what you get...quite alot. This book completly documents 50 or so sunbursts with a front shot, back, close-up front and back head stock shot, and an angled shot of the top that best highlights the flame. All specs are recorded on each example (nut width, weight,etc,) If you have any other Burst books (Vic Dapras'and a couple other come to mind)you must get this one. Its' as good as it gets(so far)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beauty Of The Burst 6 Sep 2009
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Excellent collection of Gibson Les Paul Guitar images accompanied by informative text. Recommended to both owners of this legendary guitar and those who just hope to have one one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Guitar Porn 24 Feb 2008
By JohnL
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Having recently bought a 59 'burst VOS I was curious to find how close Gibson had nailed it this time round. The book not only gives you loads of beautifully photographed '58, '59 and '60 Standards, but an incredibly detailed run-down on the exact dimensions, aging process, woods etc. Since the book was researched and published (in 1999) the price of the burst has risen to heights unattainable to normal, earth-bound citizens becoming the investment of choice for 50-something investment bankers and mega-rich mega-stars... shame. By the way, I think the guy with 14 of them should be ashamed of himself (I wonder how many he has now...?).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Les Paul fan MUST own this! 12 July 2014
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Pure, unmitigated guitar porn. Page after page of gratuitous shots of gorgeous guitars in alluring poses, beautifully photographed from several angles. There's a bit of text about each one but it's really all about the pictures.

There is a good bit of technical detail in the back, so for a guitar maker like me it's a useful reference, too.

The book itself has become a bit of a legend, and is pretty much the standard reference for burst enthusiasts. People even build replicas named after the page number the original guitar appears on.

This is a lovely and completely pointless book, which is utterly essential for any Les Paul fan. To everyone else it's a boring book of identical pictures of the same guitar. If I have to explain, you won't understand.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 July 2014
By Steve
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great price and fast delivery 23 Jun 2014
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What a stunning book for a paper back, the book is crammed with beautiful examples with well documented details of the 58-60s les Paul's.
A must have whether you have a les Paul or not.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A+ 5 May 2014
By stuart
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Excellent book for guitar geeks every where. Great detail and photography and great guitars. Interesting stories from players and collectors
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Guitar Porn
Essential book for fans of the most coveted electric guitar of all time. A niche product for fans of the '59 Burst.
Published 4 months ago by Anton
5.0 out of 5 stars good
If you read some of the other reviews this is true guitar poon, perfect pressie for my husband and it'll keep him happy for a long time.
Published 5 months ago by Catflap
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought two copies
Fascinating book with many illustrations, bought myself a copy and one for a Les Paul playing niece. A great insight into this iconic piece of musical history. Stunning photographs
Published 14 months ago by David Lisney
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any LP fan
great reference book for any Les Paul sunburst fan.

This is not a gibson history book nor a LP history book. Read more
Published 16 months ago by MARCO RAPOSO
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a great book, showing guitars I would have never seen. I'm starting to build my own 59 replica and the book is my reference for any question regarding the appearance. Read more
Published 23 months ago by MatPed
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like 59 Bursts this is for you.
My wife calls this the most boring book in the world, page after page of the same guitar, but that is the point of this book. Read more
Published on 4 July 2012 by John B
4.0 out of 5 stars Vincent
Wonderful! It's substantially a photo-book. Almost the whole book shows vintage LP standard photos (from '50 to '60)except last pages which give you some important technical... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2012 by Vincent
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful for the buyer.
I've just spent quite a lot of money on a 59 reissue so this book was invaluable to give me some context about the guitars that MY guitar is based on. Read more
Published on 7 Feb 2012 by P. White
2.0 out of 5 stars Picture book
If you like looking at pictures of Gibson Les Pauls, then this is your book ! But if you like reading about them, look further. I think it's a waiste of paper. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2012 by iniminimi
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