on 22 December 2015
It's written in a sparkling, entertaining style, which I loved and its historical parts and practical advice seem to be sound.
The "Science" of the title is disappointing... I don't know what went wrong there, but way to often instead of accurate but simple explanation the author ends up saying the exact opposite of what actually happens. For example, the problem with the copper aslloy strings isn't their lack of "conductive oomph," (copper is hard to beat in that regard, which is why it's used in electronic wiring and magnetic coils) it's than on its own it doesn't interact with magnets. You can make perfectly fine electric bodies out of softwoods, Fender himself did this and there are well-regarded pine Teles for sale in Fender and Squier catalogues right now... The reason softwoods aren't used more widely for solidbodies has little to do with their density (basswood if even less dense) or sound quality. His explanation of how valves (tubes) work is more or less accurate... Except that it's for the wrong kind of valves (What he describes is a vacuum diode instead of valves with grids that are actually used to amplify sound.) And so on.
All in all, it's still good if you want some entertaining read about guitars and their history, but don't take its explanations of guitar and amp innards too seriously.