Classic Electrics: A Visual History of Great Guitars Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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About the Author
Walter Carter is a songwriter, guitar historian and author, whose books include The Martin Book, The Gibson Electric Guitar Book and The Songwriter's Guide To Collaboration.
Top Customer Reviews
First, the book is very small in terms of its format size ... 21.3 cm deep, 11.3 cm wide and 3cm deep.
The 367 pages have a glued binding. Each page features a high quality photo of each featured guitar alongside a brief outline of their history. The problem is, if you find a guitar that you really want to focus on, you daren't fully open the book or you'll almost certainly split the binding. This means that you have to read the book with what amounts to a powerful spring in your hands which is forever wanting to close. As the book is printed on good quality paper, it is also unusually heavy. If you open the pages through more than a right angle, you risk cracking the spine.
That summarises my first areas of disappointment.
But even more than that, I have to question the range of guitars that Walter Carter has chosen to include.
Here's the list of makes .... I'll not list the one-offs or specialist makers such as Aria, Burns, Danelecro etc. as they only get one or two mentions.Read more ›
Much more affordable tho
Pics & opinions about the guitars don't seem to be any dffferent from the Bacon book but format isn't so appealing (it's a brick of a book, not an album-cover 12" square lovely)
Shame that no interesting recent guitars - Italia, Duesenbreg, Hutchins, Danelctro 'reissues' or even the PRS since all their guitars stopped looking exactly the same (eg the starla) made it in. Mercifully few stupid pointy metal guitars made the cut, tho - thanks
I guess they read "classic" as "classy" and I read it as "that's so beautiful its image will be burned into my retinas for life" (hence my question with guitar books and their endless deserts of PRS)...