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  • Hardcover: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation (13 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423457021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423457022
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,327,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book recounts the story of all the electric steel guitars - or electric "Hawaiian" guitars, as they were called during most of their tenure - that were built by Gibson between 1935 and 1967. Hawaiian guitars were the most popular form of electric gui

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By Mr. N. Sands on 1 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book covers all you could ever want to know about Gibson steel guitars- and more! An amazing amount of research, plus mouth watering photos of all the different models make this the most complete work on any make of steel guitars I can think of. Quite simply, this book has it all. If you own a Gibson, or even thinking of buying one, this book will simply delight you. It's beautifully printed on good quality paper,the pages are well laid out, so the whole book is a delight to read. It's not simply a coffee table book to just droole over, it's one you will refer to time and time again. Get it!! And at Amazon's price, it's unbelievably good value!!
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This is an excellent, fairly exhaustive, well overdue account of Gibson's steel and Hawaiian models from the 1930's onwards. The book looks great, is clearly laid out with lots of top quality photos and long-overdue information from Gibson's records re. serial numbers, batches, shipping dates, if you are into that sort of thing. It is very well written, too, as one would expect from this author. For musicians, music fans and guitar collectors alike, this is an essential purchase. I bought two!
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Another GREAT book to add to the collection. 14 Oct. 2009
By SteelPhil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I've been collecting guitars and playing dobro, lap, non-pedal and pedal steel for 30 years. This book is a great resource for collectors and players. I consider it almost an art book with the great pictures in here.

Pros:
The information contained in the book cannot be found anywhere else.
The photos are a treat and are very artistic.
Detailed photos of Charlie Christian pickup variations was very interesting.
Loved the articles on the players.
The sections on tuning machine variances cannot be found elsewhere.
Production totals and dating information is great.
Did not address Better, Best, Worse, Worst, Collectable, Non-Collectable aspects of instruments.

Cons:
Did not have photos of all HG acoustic models.
Did not have photos of Roy Smeck Radio Grande, possibly the greatest brazilian rosewood guitar ever built.
Did not have photos, nor mention, of Roy Smeck DN with slotted headstock and neck mutes (I have one.)
Layout progresses along a timeline, not model line. I think long running models, like the EH-100, EH-150 and the Console Grande should have been in chapters of their own, with all the progressive changes shown one right after the other.
Did not address Better, Best, Worse, Worst, Collectable, Non-Collectable aspects of instruments.

I'd recommend this book to anybody interested in collecting instruments, playing lap style or wanting to expand their knowledge of what's out there.

It's a great addition to any library.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Vintage Gibson Steel Guitar Resource 16 July 2009
By The Mayor of Toneville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been collecting vintage instruments for more than 35 years and still found so much insight in this book I could not put it down until I absorbed it from cover to cover. I found it very complete and accurate with excellent pictures and illustrations. Excellent quality production as well. Highly recommended for those interested in vintage Gibson history.
Greatest Gibson Electric Steel Guitar Book Ever Written 19 April 2009
By OLESTEELER - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have spent several hours reading, and looking at the beautiful color photos in André Duchossoir's new book, GIBSON ELECTRIC STEEL GUITARS: 1935-1967. Without a doubt it is the greatest pictorial, factual, and historical book ever written on Gibson Electric Steel Guitars. I am convinced this book will become "the reference" that all collectors and dealers will refer to as "the authority" on Gibson Electric Steels in the future. If a greater reference and authority is written in the future, it will be an updated edition of this book by André Duchossoir.

I endorse this book based on my knowledge and experience as a collector who owns a large collection of Gibson Electric Steel Guitars, and as a player of numerous Gibson Electric Steel Guitars. This book is simply a must have for any Gibson player, Collector, or Vintage Dealer.
Best book on guitars I have bought in my life 17 May 2009
By YF94480 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Thanks for asking my feedback on this book. I'm glad I am given the opportunity to urge all guitar afficinados to get this book right away. I have for the last 40 years bought all sort of books on guitars, amps, steel gtrs, mandolins etc... and this IS THE BOOK one must have (if you have a Christmas or birthday present don't look further). Believe me it is a 'Master piece'.The information collected by 'Monsieur Duchossoir' is a rare vale and the art is amazing. It is the kind of book you say 'this s the one among all I'll chosse to bring with me on desert island ...'. And thanks to Amazone for the cool price.
C6 heaven 2 Nov. 2009
By Gaetano Modelo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Believe the other good reviews too. Great resource for dating and tracking models and their modifications over the years. Lots of excellent history on the state of Gibson at the time. Good breakout sections on the varieties of knobs, pickups, and tuners used over the years. You'll know your way around the lineup after reading this book. And best of all, lots of gorgeous eye candy in full color. This book is really worth the money, a fabulous hardbound compendium of deep detail on the fine Gibson lap steel line. And an obvious work of love by the author.
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