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The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology

The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology [Kindle Edition]

Deke Dickerson , Jonathan Kellerman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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'A real treasure trove'

(Jim Stewart Beat Magazine)

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Guitar sleuth and music-history detective Deke Dickerson tells the true tales of 50 thrilling rare guitar finds that will make guitarists green with envy. A golden Fender Stratocaster hidden away in an attic for 30 years. A sunburst Gibson Les Paul worth $100,000. Jimi Hendrix’s Strat burned by the guitarist during a concert—and then mysteriously lost for decades. The mint Fender Broadcaster forgotten under a bed in a neighbor’s house. The 1960s Rickenbacker bought for $50 at a garage sale! 
These days, classic vintage guitars can bring Ferrari and Porsche prices. Baby boomers who wish they’d been rock ’n’ roll stars have shot the market into the stratosphere for classic models. As with automobiles, finding that classic guitar stashed away beneath a bed, in a closet, hidden away in an attic, or in the dusty corner of a guitar shop is the Holy Grail.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 17932 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (1 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #154,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and enjoyable 11 July 2013
By Guy
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Dickerson is clearly a collector who really knows his stuff, and has a network of friends and contacts who do too. This is really a compendium of stories about lucky finds and eager detective work tracking down rare guitars, with some longer pieces explaining just what's so special about these instruments. You will learn something as well as being entertained.

I found it especially interesting that he focussed so much on obscurer brands that I wasn't really aware of. Anybody with a bit of knowledge of vintage guitars knows that a '59 Les Paul or a `50s Broadcaster/Telecaster is a valuable object, but it was really interesting to learn about the makers who didn't become huge corporations, and produced only handfuls of unique, sought-after instruments. In fact, I now really want a Bigsby guitar, which is unfortunate as less than 30 were ever made and the last one on the open market sold for over a quarter of a million dollars. The book is full of oddities like this. And it's great that Dickerson so often tracks for the reader exactly where the instrument fits into guitar history and why it is significant. It turns out, in fact, that both Les Paul and Leo Fender were copying Bigsby guitars more than they liked to admit.

The downside is that a book like this can be a little bitty. At times it jumps from one short tale of garage sales and pawn shop finds to another, and I found the longer chapters where the author really delves into the past of a maker much more interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic book!! 11 Sep 2013
By Richie
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i really enjoyed this book, like a great song/concert it was over and i wished for more. (thats not to say this is a short book because its not) its just the content was gripping and well writen.
Deke Dickersons musical tastes do not match mine but the love of the guitar is where myself and thousands of other readers will surely touch base and have that common bond.
Deke uses the word "Geek" to describe himself and others for their love of the instrument (which goes way beyond just playing it!!)
This is a well researched book by a man who already knows so much about the history of the guitar but his story telling is wonderful.
Deke if you read this how about a 2nd book because you must have more tales to pass on mate!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing 7 Sep 2013
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The first few pages almost put me off. Here was the usual 'old guitars good, new guitars bad' spiel (debatable), and then stuff about how important 'tone woods' are on electric guitars (seriously debatable), and a few other superstitions, myths, and opinions that divide guitar geeks.

But then we get to the guitar hunting, and the author's knowledge and enthusiasm take you on a terrific page-turning journey. The guy can string a sentence together, too, which always helps. And this book is not just about strats and Les Pauls - there are some amazing instruments in here that I'd never heard of, some custom made by unassuming amateurs who could shame the big manufacturers with their skill and vision.

I found the financial side of the book fascinating, too - the shennanigans involved in getting hold of a rare guitar seems to border on the downright immoral at times. But that just makes the book more intriguing.

There are a lot of disappointing guitar books out there that claim so much in the blurb but are just rehashed coffee table brochures in the end. But this isn't one of them. It's a gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twang, Dang, Doodle! 4 Aug 2013
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This is a great book for the old guitar obsessive. It is not really spotters guide so there is no " '56 Strats have V shaped necks and '63 Strats C shaped necks" detail. But it is packed with intriguing stories of old guitars, their backgrounds and how they were found. There are Stratocasters and Les Paul's in the book but the most interesting tales are of the more obscure brands. Fortunately Deke Dickerson, as well as being a guitar nut and serious collector, writes in an interesting and entertaining way. My only complaint, on the Kindle edition, is that there are a few typos. Nevertheless I'll give it five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just the gift I wanted 18 July 2013
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Bought this for my husband, who absolutely loves it. It is well written and fully illustrated. Glad I bought it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 6 July 2014
By Steve
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An excellent read
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Great read, although in the uk people and places in this book are alien the guitars are the stars, congrats to author ( collector) on a great book, look forward to your next book!! And your discoveries.
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3.0 out of 5 stars strat in the attic 23 Mar 2014
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i like the sheer attention to detail that the author provides in this engaging tome.
i found the focus on less well known brands to be refreshing and this book has further encouraged me to get hold of a copy of babuiks book on mr bigsby.
i must complain about the formatting of the kindle version of this book (the only version currently available) which runs key text over the photographs and which cannot be adjusted for (even through altering text and background colour). for this reason i would not recommend the kindle version of the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A really fun and interesting read, lots of great information that make me want to start hunting for a few rare finds of my own
Published 1 month ago by C. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by pamela hull
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but very dry - no sense of atmosphere or excitement
A compilation of anecdotes and very 'dry' reports about when and where particular guitars were discovered, and by whom. Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. J. Sturgess
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read.
Only dipped into it so far but looks like a good read for anyone who drools over vintage guitars like me.
Published 8 months ago by allan bramley
3.0 out of 5 stars bit obscure?
This book is ok but most of the guitars/people described Ive never heard of?

Couple of good bits but I think its a bit dragged out and found myself flicking through?
Published 11 months ago by nosbig
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This book is for the guitar geek, there's a lot about guitars I've never heard of...but I have now. There's a bit of history of the guitars the author found. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cornelius
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
One of the most interesting guitar books ever written. The stories are already engaging but Deke Dickerson's writing and dogged tracking down of instruments and his friends and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love old guitars - then read this
He's a character in himself - and a bit of a legend in the USA. Now Deke Dickerson has written a great book about everyone's 'dream' - finding that special old Fender or Gibson... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Robert Hewitt
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