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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales Ltd (1 Dec 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711902321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711902329
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.8 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 460,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All guitarists and guitar repairmen, as well as anyone else who wants to increase their knowledge of guitar construction and function, will benefit from reading this book. Musicians will find that a better understanding of their instrument will enable the

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ian Robinson on 12 Jan 2008
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I read this book cover to cover one weekend and found it to be an invaluable resource. Unfortunately it appears to be stuck in a timewarp and fails to cover any developments since the 70s. This is great if you want to repair a classic Fender or Gibson but not so good when it comes to modern instruments. For example it doesn't cover the configuration of a standard Alpha 5 way selector switch or the workings of a modern Ceramic pickup, and totally ignores active electronics. Despite the gripe I still refer to it for guidance on phase switching and coil taps.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Oct 1998
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Do you know what the Humbucker pickups on your axe do or how they work? Do the bass notes boom on your classic Stratocaster? What capacitor is needed in a 1955 Gibson Les Paul TV Model? What is the best method for installing a Barcus Berry pickup on that acoustic? What new hot pickups should I add to my 1973 Telecaster Custom to get that special sound?
These questions are not always easy to answer. Generally, finding an true expert at your local guitar shop is not always possible. Guitar Electronics for Musicians answers these questions and more. GEfM details the history of guitar electronics as well as a tremendous amount of information of a guitars workings. You can learn enough to really quiz the person entrusted with upgrading, fixing or otherwise modifying the electronics of your instrument.
Guitar Electronics for Musicians is a reference that should be included at the time of purchase of any Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Dan Electro, etc., guitar. It is a must read for anyone interested in what makes an electric guitar work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Jones on 12 Aug 2009
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This book explains in detail the electronic components that you will find inside a typical electric guitar. It also explains the purpose and function of each component. I was very impressed with this book and continue to use it as a source of reference.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Audioduck on 26 Sep 2005
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Maybe I expect a bit too much from our well respected gurus like Donald and Dan Erlewine but I would have liked to see a bit more detail in this book.
Why, for instance, is there half a column of text (With a picture) concerning one of the most important components that affect tone, the capacitor, while on the next page there is a WHOLE column devoted to the "Lore of Gibson Knobs"?
This is supposed to be a book about guitar electronics. The knobs stuff is mildly interesting but why not keep it for an appendix?
There are a few of these annoyances scattered throughout the book and frankly, I expected more from such an experienced and knowledgable source as Donald.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan 1999
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Teaches and shows you everthing you need to know on installing, or fixing your pick-ups, puting a finish in your guitar, or keeping your neck from cracking.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar 1999
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I am a guitar player who picked up this book a few years ago and it has been my electronics bible ever since. I used the information to repair some of my guitars and eventually to shape the sound I wanted out of them. I now know what to look for in guitar gear.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Dec 2009
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All you need to know about hot-rodding your guitar with as many switches and knobs as you like,
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How to fix the wiring on your vintage Les Paul or Strat.

I've had this book for 20 years and although it's in need of an update it's still the only book I'd recommend on guitar electrics. Lots of good basic info on pickups, switching etc and a great collection of wiring diagrams of classic and standard electric guitars.

I agree with other reviewers, it does have a bit of a 70's vibe about it, but for me, that only adds to its appeal!
Suffice to say, 20 years on and I'm still using it.
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By Tsoulfas Christos on 15 July 2014
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