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.