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Guitar Family Trees: History of the World's Most Iconic Guitars [Hardcover]

Terry Burrows
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Book Description

1 Sep 2011

Guitar Family Trees is a striking visual account of the most prominent guitars in the instrument’s illustrious history, from the earliest Renaissance acoustics right up to state-of-the-art 21st century models. This comprehensive book charts the history of the most respected manufacturers and the evolution of their guitars in more detail than ever before.

Specially designed photographic guitar family trees, including four special fold-outs, provide at-a-glance overviews of the development of every make and model, decade by decade. Terry Burrows then takes a close-up look at 200 iconic models to create an invaluable catalog of guitars. A stunning full-color photograph of each model is accompanied by informative text tracing its development, with key design and sound features highlighted, and an exhaustive specification list. Burrows also reveals the guitarists who love to play each model, and the tracks on which you can hear it played.


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Apple Press (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1845434234
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845434236
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Burrows is among the world’s bestselling authors on the subject of the guitar and music tuition. His books have received forewords from an impressive, if bizarre, range of celebrities, among them The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman and former Prime Minister, the late Sir Edward Heath. As a musician he has recorded over 40 albums under numerous pseudonyms.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Well produced, but contains many errors 29 Aug 2012
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Make no mistake, this is a lovely looking book with some excellent photos. The pull-out pages are nice, but quite hard to read and use and I can see them sustaining damage very easily. The real problem is the accuracy of the information presented. The whole book is full of critical errors. You absolutely cannot rely on the data presented, hence, as a reference work it is deeply flawed. As a "coffee table" book for casual browsing it is good value, as a reference text, however, it is almost worthless. Some of these errors are frankly quite astonishing, and should have been picked up before publication. One of worst relates to the Martin D-28, where it is claimed that the famed "herringbone" pattern purfling "changed to black and which checker in 1947". No, it didn't. It changed to a regular, non-checker black/white purfling. The specifications given for each model are also rather inaccurate, and reference current production specifications, with no reference at all to historic changes, despite often featuring right next to an image of a vintage model made with totally different materials and measurements. Errors of this kind abound throughout the entire book, unfortunately. To summarise, some nice photos of several unusual guitars, but woefully poor on the reliability of background information given.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute pleasure 30 Mar 2012
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Okay, a truly exhaustive guitar encyclopaedia would be huge and expensive, and would have to make compromises on picture size. This book is not an exhaustive encyclopaedia. But it's the next best thing.

It's basically an account (with large, good-quality photos) of about 250 of the most "important" guitars and basses, including acoustics, experimental models, prototypes, and signature models. Inevitably it will miss out some of your favourites, and inevitably it devotes the most pages to the likes of Fender, Gibson, and Gretsch. But you will find makes and models here you've never heard of, and that you fall in love with. This book will have you salivating.

The big companies get a potted history and a detailed family tree (5 of them are detachable pull-outs) of their important models, and each featured guitar gets its own page with a write-up, technical spec, and an example or 2 of recordings that feature them. The book is lovingly put together, beautifully produced, and more fun than six cans of Scrumpy Jack on a summer afternoon.

If you're a guitar player/geek (the words are pretty much interchangeable, let's face it) you need this book. I'm almost finished reading it, and looking forward to starting it all over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Browsing! 25 Jun 2013
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This is a great book for dipping in and out of and learning snippets of information about different guitars. Most people who buy it will be guitar fans - whether they play guitar or not. The guitar is such a beautiful iconic image that every home would benefit from having one on the wall, if not in constant use. I myself am only a very slow beginner at playing guitar, but my heart and spirit is very much in the right place. Lovely quality photos and an impressive amount of information. Not a definitive guide (I think you need the Blue Book of Electric guitars for that) but fascinating all the same. Treat yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars exellent 19 Jun 2013
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it is actually a gift for a guitar lover but i just had to caefully read it myself before giving it away
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