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Totally Guitar: The Definitive Guide [Paperback]

Tony Bacon , Dave Hunter
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29 Oct 2004
This is a compendium of guitar playing, providing everything you need to know about the world's most influential and popular instrument. It teaches the skills for playing a range of musical styles, provides an understanding of guitar and amplifier sound, and reveals the stories behind guitar makers old and new.
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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (29 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871547814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871547818
  • Product Dimensions: 32.8 x 26.2 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 515,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book is a real bargain - not only is it excellent value at [RRP 20 - cheaper bought here], it is also full of fascinating and useful information.
Chapters are [including comments from the contents page]:
Sound and Construction
Essential ingredients that determine the sonic characteristics and playing feel of the world's most popular guitars.
Amps and effects
A look under the hood of the gear that shapes your sound.
Maintenance
A guide to care, cleaning, set-up, repair and minor customisation of your guitar.
Play Guitar
Take a taste of the ten most popular guitar styles - to find new inspiration for your own playing, or an entirely new direction.
--Acoustic
--Rock and Pop
--Blues
--Country
--Rock'n'Roll
--Metal
--Latin
--African
--Classical
--Jazz
Guitar Manufacturers
A unique illustrated directory with all the inside info on the great electric guitars and the stories of their development for 130 leading brands.
Glossary
A detailed, comprehensive and fully illustrated guide to the language of guitar.
If you have an interest in guitars then there will be plenty in this book to entertain you. The maintenance section is particularly useful - with everything you need to start maintaining your own guitar rather than paying someone else to do it! I actually discovered that I had been stringing my guitar incorrectly for the last 10 years - I would tie up the slack straight onto the tuning head, which it describes as bad practice. That is just one example of many tips and tricks the section includes. It goes into real depth, covering many different types of guitar and setup.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Gem 28 Dec 2004
Format:Paperback
Tony Bacon Has done it again, if you are buying this book I am sure you know of Tony's previous ((incarnations)) on this theme, but this is BY FAR the best, and most comprehensive yet, by ANY author in my opinion.
Granted the book weighs more than a stratocaster, but that also makes you realise what a bargain it is, with it's hard cover and glossy informative pages.. The Sheer amount of detail, and bio's into so many manufacturers - no matter how obsure and (small) they are. Plus the setup tips and lessons are a great bonus..... If you are a seasoned player - a budding enthusiast, or just an Axe hound it is sure to keep you busy for a long time !
If you need convincing any further then..... you must be a drummer ;)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one you've been waiting for. 16 Mar 2006
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Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Simply the best all round coffee table book on guitars, their history, playing tips etc. Contains uperb photography of all the classic instruments and more. What more can I say? I gave 10 copies of this book away as presents last Christmas!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny. 23 April 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
What a book! Worth having for the close-up of Clapton's Cream psychedelic SG on the cover alone, never mind the reams of pages of photos inside detailing practically every guitar ever made, plus those bespoke axes owned by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher et al.
There are pages on guitar assembly and crafting, and after making one at school 45 odd years ago now, I wish I'd had this book as I'd have made a far better job of it.
Sections on different styles of acoustic guitars, the above on electric guitars of all shapes and often some quite odd ones, too, amplifiers, effects pedals, how to string and adjust the instrument; everything you want or need if you love the guitar.
If you prefer just looking at guitars rather than owning and / or playing one, for the price, this is a knockout coffee table book which will create talking points with everyone who picks it up and flicks through the 600 or so packed pages.
Top Notch!
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