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The Electric Guitar Sourcebook: How to Find the Sounds You Like [Paperback]

Dave Hunter
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27 Feb 2006
"Electric Guitar Sound" is the first publication to thoroughly dissect issues of guitar sound and construction for the working player. The book includes an in-depth analysis of the many components of tone, an examination of the most important vintage and modern models, and a CD of comparative sound samples. How does an ash body differ from alder? What subtle colorations does a rosewood fingerboard add to a maple neck? Which bridge hardware maximizes body resonance? How do Gibson P-90 pickups differ from Fender Jazzmaster pickups? "Electric Guitar Sound" will tell you, and along the way will help any player translate the myriad variables in wood, hardware and pickup options into the tone and playing feel that is just right for them.

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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: 27.7 x 21.3 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,025 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know 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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Electric guitar sourcebook 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Nor exactly what it says on the can. 5 Aug 2012
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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3.0 out of 5 stars half and half 27 Sep 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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