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  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; Pap/Com edition (27 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879308869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879308865
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.1 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are plenty of good books about guitars on the market - books about the histories of different makes and models, about collecting guitars, about repairing guitars, and about playing guitars - but no quality publication to date that I know of provides the player with a comprehensive lesson on how and why the many diverse ingredients that go into making any given electric guitar all contribute to the way that that guitar sounds. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Duane Hunt on 27 Sept. 2013
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The book has about two half, one a bit of talk about the guitars, and the other whos who of some of the different types. (sorry just checked the page numbers book has 203 pages (some blank pages) but 010-055 is about the bits within a guitar and 058-203 is about whos who of guitars (ie the woods, Bits, and makers etc)

The First half talks about woods, pickups (what i did like reading), Tremelo's (also good but small) Electronics (not even a page)

My feeling (note this is ME ONLY) that you would be better off with some kind of Building/Repairing Guitars book and a Whos Who than this one book that tries to mix the two.

Giving it 3 stars (the writing was great) but i felt the books title let it down for the subject inside. When the writer was talking about the parts of the guitar they had a very human part to them and felt like someone was talking to you than just blurtin bits at you.
As for the CD 64 Tracks of Rifts showin (well sounding) some of the guitars (Note list is found at back from 201-203) {what i guess is a PLUS for this book and i dont think ive seen else were)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. R. Wynn on 19 July 2010
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If you play or have an interest in the electric guitar this book will be like someone turning on the light and opening the curtains. It explains why differing guitars sound the way they do in an easy to read format and covers a wide range of popular and the more obscure to make its point. Great if you build your own guitars or just excellent bed time reading. One for your Christmas or Birthday list!
Chris.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Duffy on 5 Aug. 2012
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I bought it thinking it was about guitar set-up, amps and pedals. It's not.
It's a catalogue of guitars focussing on wood and pick-ups with subjective
descriptions of sound. It describes what each one is, not what you can do with it.
Having said that - and I really must read the small print - I found it a brilliant read. Lot of detail, extremely well-written, and exhaustive.
Authors rarely choose titles?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tedmuir on 7 Aug. 2013
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This is a great book for those ( like me) who are guitar obsessives ... If you want to hear examples of how vintage guitars differ from regular or even other vintage stuff.
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