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on 6 March 2012
I really liked this book. Its compact dimensions conceal a concentrated gallop through the history of the guitar with sections on famous builders (Fender, Gibson, Torres etc.)and players (Segovia, Django Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix etc). I've got a lot of books about guitars already but I learned a few things that didn't know before. Best of all are the photos which include lovely shots of the well known types but lots of very unusual instruments as well. Recommended.
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This is a review of the BOOK and not the associated calendar. I have absolutely no idea why reviews for these separate products appear for both! Amazon must have mucked up the link codes. So ... here's my opinion and review of THE BOOK:-

I have several books detailing the history and/or development of both acoustic and electric guitars. This 'little' book is quite different and even though it covers a lot of the same ground, it does so in a unique way. It's how it does this that makes it so appealing. I'll try to explain what I mean:

For a start, it's an unusual format. It's more like a small, heavy brick measuring 15cm long by 10 cm wide by 2.5cm thick. There is no index but there is a 2-page Contents section. This is very much a book to help you explore some unusual ways of thinking about guitars.

Electric and acoustic instruments appear in what might seem to be very haphazard ways, but there ARE section headings within which this apparent mayhem is given a subtley disguised level of logical organisation. The section and topic headings that you'll encounter are not what you might expect. To summarise the Contents pages ....

THE 6-STRING SPELL --- exploring the types and levels of obsession that can be found amongst the guitar-loving community)

THAT TONE --- what goes to make guitars sound like they do?

LOUDER! --- How guitars of all varieties 'sound their voice'.

AMERICAN ICONS --- 23 guitars that changed musical history.

UPTOWN, LONG-HAIRED AND OVER THE TOP --- The classical and jazz guitar

PLUGGED IN --- Evolution and development of the electric guitar and associated musical forms.

THE CIRCLE TURNS --- The new golden age of guitar development and popularity.

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These breaks with convention have an odd effect in that it quickly becomes a very exciting little 'brick' to open at random or work through section-by-section, often without having much idea what will turn up next or where particular mini-themes will lead you.

If you want a serious, structured, historical exploration of the guitar in all its many forms throughout recent years, decades or centuries, then this book won't fulfil strict academic needs, but it WILL open up new perspectives for such a study.

If you want a book to excite and intrigue you, then I strongly advise you to put it in your basket right now.

If you're already one of those guitar obsessives that I already referred to, then you've probably already got this book and are about to add your own review.

The book is very well-titled. It really is a 'celebration' rather than a potted or adacemic study. I highly recommend it.
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on 31 March 2013
Much appreciated book. Went well with the above mentisons Guitar shaped bottle openener as part of Christmas present last year.
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on 10 May 2014
What could be better than a pocket-sized book about someone's favourite instrument? The pictures and info in the book are just what the guitarist wanted as a dip in and out of read
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on 11 December 2013
This book was smaller than i expected but it was packed with lots of guitar details i would highly recommend it for guitar freaks
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on 22 December 2013
Super illustrations, informative and value for money. What else can you ask from a reference book, loved by the recipient.
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on 30 December 2014
Gave it to my brother (a guitarist and guitar fan) as a Christmas gift and he said he is really enjoying it.
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on 21 December 2015
First thing to note is that this 'book' is only 15cm x 10cm (that is 6'' x 4'' in old money).
Next, I have to applaud the concept - excellent photos of beautiful guitars - but wonder what combination of constraints conspired to make it all go so horribly wrong.

Does anyone really want great photos of mouthwatering guitars split across the binding of a small book?
There are so many instances of the guitar body being on one page, the split of the book spine then the guitar neck on the opposite page. This book will not lay flat unless you break the spine.
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on 5 January 2015
Book was very small format which was a shame for the price as it was a gift. But contents were great.
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on 5 July 2014
Great little book bought as a present for my nephew, he really liked it.
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