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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: £24.21

4.0 out of 5 stars guitars as large as life, 2 Aug 2014
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First, let me mention this book's weaknesses - and there are a few.

To begin with, there isn't a whole lot of detail about Bigsby's tools, construction methods, etc. I think guitar builders and techs would have preferred more of that. A little more about the relationship between Bigsby and Leo Fender and Les Paul would have been welcome, too.

I would also have liked a little more about the musicians who used the guitars, some thoughts on how the different instruments sounded, and some pointers to recordings of the guitars. All in all the text is a little thin, and this is mainly a picture book.

But the pictures are something else. This is a large book to start with. But when you get a three-page fold-out picture of a guitar, the photo ends up being almost as large as the instrument itself, which is exactly what you want. There's no squinting over wee photos in this book. The Bigsby guitars are almost as large as life. And that alone makes this worth every penny of the price.


Italeri 1:72 French Infantry 1798 to 1805 Napoleonic Wars
Italeri 1:72 French Infantry 1798 to 1805 Napoleonic Wars

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Far more detailed than Airfix, 3 Jan 2014
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I always had Airfis soldiers as a kid. I bought some of these Italeri for my son because I couldn't find Airfix of the kind that I wanted, and they are terrific. Much more detailed, and better moulded, with no bits hanging off that shouldn't be there. Brilliant product.


Guitar Aficionado: The Collections:
Guitar Aficionado: The Collections:
by Guitar Aficionado
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £22.75

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but kinda repetitive, 28 Dec 2013
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This is a fascinating insight into the minds of some of the best-known guitar collectors, with interviews, plenty of pictures, and stories behind some of the most famous guitars around.

So what's the problem?

Simply that a lot of the collectors own the same kinds of guitars. I lost count of the Strats and Les Pauls after a while, and could really have used some variety. That's not the collectors' fault - they own what they own - but be warned. Especially if you don't care for Strats or Les Pauls.


The Dream Factory: The Fender Custom Shop
The Dream Factory: The Fender Custom Shop
by Tom Wheeler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £32.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Come on, you know you want it . . ., 28 Dec 2013
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If you're worried that this is just another coffee-table guitar book, then you needn't fret (sorry).

It's the story of Fender's Custom Shop from its shaky roots to the present day. Yes, there are plenty of photos, but this is also a heck of a good read, packed with detail, and the stories of Fender's master builders in their own words. If you're a Fender geek you need this book. It's as simple as that.

Yes, it's pricey - but it's also nearly 600 pages of Fender gold. It comes in a sturdy slip case, too, which gives it the wow factor when you open the package, and you think, okay, it was worth the moolah after all.

The market is flooded with guitar books that rehash old content and have plenty of pictures, but very little real information. So this one is all the more welcome.


The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology
The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology
by Deke Dickerson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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.


The Ultimate Fender Book
The Ultimate Fender Book
by Paul Day
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorely lacking in detail, 7 Sep 2013
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It's a nice coffee table book, but it's completely inadequate for the serious enthusiast.

It may well list every Fender model, but the information given on each one is scant in most cases.

For example, it's not enough just to say a guitar has "2 pickups". What pickups are they? And what's the neck profile? What bridge did it have? And what do all those switches do on a Jaguar? What does the S1 on a Baja do?

There is almost no context and background and explanation about how and why most of the models were developed. And what there is is perfunctory.

And we have 200 pages of photos of strats and teles, but no images at all of some of Fender's more weird and wonderful models.

To create the kind of book the authors claim this is would have taken some more imagination with the photos, a bit more research, and about 50 more pages. It would have put the price up by a fiver, but it would have made this a worthwhile book. As it is, it's pretty, but it adds nothing to what Fender geeks know already.


AKG K451 High-Performance Foldable Mini Headset with In-Line Remote and Mic - Black
AKG K451 High-Performance Foldable Mini Headset with In-Line Remote and Mic - Black
Offered by home AV direct
Price: £53.95

14 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are they joking?, 6 Aug 2013
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I sent these back, but not just because the volume control didn't work.

They just sound cheap and muddy. I bought them to replace Sennheiser PX200 MKII, which are a similar price and which I was happy with but they finally broke. By comparison the AKGs are an insult.

Bass: Yes, there is plenty of bass - if you mean non-specific mud slung at your ears.

Detail: There isn't any. Cymbals are vague, fizzy noizes. Snare drums are like someone punching a pillow.

Product of the year? Really? Were they listening?

I'm not snob, but I know what music should sound like, and this isn't it.


Mad Fingers Ball
Mad Fingers Ball
Price: £13.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, fun, and some fantastic playing, 19 July 2013
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This review is from: Mad Fingers Ball (Audio CD)
I'm more of an electric blues man, but I gave this a whirl and didn't regret it. Some fascinating takes on blues classics, acoustic style. And this guy can PLAY. There are some rockers, some to relax to, and a few in between. It's not ordinary or predictable, but if you're broad minded about your blues you might like it a lot.


ETC Pump 12 Inch SV/PV Mountain Bike Plastic with Clips - Black
ETC Pump 12 Inch SV/PV Mountain Bike Plastic with Clips - Black
Price: £5.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Useless, 19 July 2013
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The only pump that actually leaves your tires flatter? It simply doesn't do the job. Spend a few more quid for a full-size one that works


Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream
Waging Heavy Peace: A Hippie Dream
by Neil Young
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.00

34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A book that doesn't say much, 17 Oct 2012
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I can't quite believe that someone whose music is so complex, beautiful, and challenging, could write a book so banal.

First, okay, NY was never going to write a standard memoir, and I didn't expect him to. But I did expect that he would at least be interesting, and give some insight into the music he has made over the years.

Nope. What we get instead are lots of digressions about Neil's hobbies (toy trains, old cars, how sound quality is not what it was), and a lot of hippie sentiment. Nothing wrong with hippie sentiment - but when all he ever tells you about the people that he worked with is that they were all beautiful, man, and wonderful, man . . . it gets a bit repetitive.

For the first half, you forgive him a lot of rambling - after all there's more to come, isn't there? Nope.

And then we're back to the hobbies . . . seriously, this man is obsessed with sound quality to an unhealthy extent. I like to think I'm a bit of an audiophile myself, but you get the feeling that he is hearing things that no one else is. Let it go, Neil.

Ultimately here is a 500-page book that could have been condensed into a 5000-word blog. It's not a memoir, it has no structure, it's boring even if you love NY, and it tells you almost nothing.
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