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Peter Clifton "Guitar/amp junkie" (W Sussex UK)
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Tube AMP Talk for Guitarists and Techs
Tube AMP Talk for Guitarists and Techs
by Gerald Weber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £27.09

5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of tips and info and essential if you want to tweak your amps, 20 April 2009
Another good reference book from GW, (no, not HIM,)Gerald Weber. Some of the info is covered in his 'Desktop reference book', but much is not, and most of the info and tips are worth trying - and work. I used his master volume mod on a champ I have, and it works perfectly. He's not always popular with some of the other amp gurus, but he has built and sold a lot of amps.......maybe a touch of jealousy? The legendary Ken Fischer has a section in this book, (as he did in the earlier one,) and he would not have put his name to any work that wasn't solid.The sort of book you dip into again and again.


The Story of Paul A. Bigsby: Father of the Modern Electric Solid Body Guitar
The Story of Paul A. Bigsby: Father of the Modern Electric Solid Body Guitar
by Andy Babiuk
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and written.............., 20 April 2009
An entertaining and informative read with a lot of good quality and interesting photos. Seems like Leo had selective memory loss when asked about the origin of some of the 'Fender' characteristics. I bought my first Bigsby vibrato in 1961 and didn't realise they were assembled in his garage back then. PA was certainly a superb engineer, and someone I would love to have talked to, back in the day. One of the true originators and a remarkable man.
If you are a guitar nut, you've got to have this book.


Ultimate Bench Warrior: How to Design, Modify, and Build Custom Guitar and Bass Amplifiers
Ultimate Bench Warrior: How to Design, Modify, and Build Custom Guitar and Bass Amplifiers
by Lee Jackson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't try to build an amp from this book......, 20 April 2009
Some useful info but, for a novice not as useful as Gerald Webers books or Dan Torres book, or especially, Dave Hunters amp book.
You couldn't design and build an amp having read only this book. Print quality and illustrations are scrappy, and whilst I'm sure Lee knows his stuff, he isn't too good at imparting it.
Sorry, no cigar.


Chet Atkins : The Early Years: 1946-1957
Chet Atkins : The Early Years: 1946-1957
Price: £19.26

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative collection of early recordings, 20 Feb. 2009
If you love the late Mr Atkins playing, as I do, you will not want to be without this set. Some of them I already have on early Camden budget vinyl, but you can trace the development of his highly individual style through the 40s/50s. Sound quality varies, but all in all, a pretty good job made of this historical record of Chet Atkins. I now have to get the set recorded with the Carter family.


Up A Lazy River [Us Import]
Up A Lazy River [Us Import]
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £9.68

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of L R...................., 20 Feb. 2009
What can I say, I LOVE this album. I have 5 others of this unique entertainer, but this is the best IMO. The horn parts are perfect, and Cindy Cashdollar has got to be one of the best, ( and best looking,) dobro players around. Frank Vignola's guitar parts are all beautifully understated, and the whole thing is just great!


The Guitar Pickup Handbook
The Guitar Pickup Handbook
by Dave Hunter
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.95

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite good but a little disappointing............................, 20 Feb. 2009
Quite good coverage,but apart from the typos and grammatical errors mentioned above, (the author is English but living in USA, so...........)not nearly enough photos, none of gibson staple pickups,nothing about Paul Bigsbys pickups(some of the earliest post war,), Wandre or other esoteric ones, and fairly uninteresting makers comments.
I found the other, Italian authored book, much more informative and entertaining, although Hunter does give specs for what they are worth.
J Lollar's book, 'Winding pickups' mentioned is not really worth seeking out, (I have a copy.)
Sorry Dave, not half as good as your amp book.


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