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Classic Electrics: A Visual History of Great Guitars Paperback – 1 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Jawbone (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906002193
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906002190
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,216,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Upon reflection, this book has proved to be a HUGE disappointment. I'd label it a classic `coffee table book' if only it was possible to have it on a coffee table, open at interesting pages. But it isn't. Let me explain:

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.
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Seems to be mainly a fatter, smaller version of Tony Bacon's illustrated encyclopaedia of electric guitars with not so many guitars in it. Divided into solids and semis by A-Z also makes it less varied to look at than the Bacon book's A-Z that takes you from Gibson solids to Gretsch semis

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)...
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4.0 out of 5 stars pictorial electric guitar history 28 Aug. 2010
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This is an enjoyable pictorial history divided into Solid-Bodies and Hollow-Bodies. Each picture includes a short description of the instrument, what year the pictured guitar was built and a time-frame of production. I wouldn't say the descriptions are a thorough piece-by-piece explanation of construction, but highlights of each instrument. I would have given it 5 stars if it would have had more detail in the descriptions. Overall, It's a book fans of electric guitar will enjoy.
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Electrics: A Visual History of Great Guitars 22 Jun. 2010
By Dan O - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has the right idea but not enough about imported guitars. It is great for photo identification but no price guide is included. If you love guitars you will like this book but don't count on having the one you probably have in your closet in it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for guitar enthusiasts! 30 Dec. 2009
By Michelle R. Buhler - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a gift for my uncle who is an avid guitar collector. It was a hit and he was thrilled to have it. If you are looking for an affordable gift for a guitar enthusiast, this is the one to get.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential to any music library and many a general interest collection 15 Feb. 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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This color photo illustrated history of classic guitars offers the full history of the electric guitar, from the hollowbodies of jazz of the 1940s and 50s to the solidbodies that rewrote the history of rock in the 1960s and 70s. An A-Z encyclopedic format outlines over 350 models from over 70 manufacturers, making for an outstanding survey essential to any music library and many a general interest collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book filled with pics of classic guitars 21 Jan. 2015
By Sharkbite - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Book with tons of pictures. My brother in law loved it.
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