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Guitar Rigs: Classic Guitar and Amp Combinations Paperback – 29 Apr 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; Pap/Com edition (29 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879308516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879308513
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 761,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dave Hunter has written several excellent books on the subject of guitars and amplifiers. Clearly a technical expert with substantial practical experience, Dave Hunter is adept at giving explanations that are clear and make sense. With the benefit of having a long-term relationship with the major publisher Hal Leonard, his books benefit from superb layout and design, quality editing, plus the ability to source photographs and images that lift them to a very high presentational standard. Being aligned to a major publisher also enables wide distribution and helps keep costs down, providing incredibly good value for all the material it contains.

Some guitarists are perfectly happy to use the same instrument and same amplifier for every song and every band. Others swap guitars for different tunes, or change amplifiers for different gigs. Sometimes this is down to choice or availability - but sometimes it can be about aiming for a specific tone quality with just the right amount of overdrive, crunch, or whatever. There's no right or wrong approach and whatever works best for you is probably the easiest way to look at it, and also the sentiment that comes across strongly from Dave Hunter in his writing.

This particular volume looks at "classic rigs" for guitar and amplifier set-up combinations. This raises the inevitable question of what exactly does "classic" mean in this context? The precise answer is that it means different things to different people, but more generally it usually is taken to refer to amplified guitar music from the era when electronic circuitry still used valves - so about 1955 till 1972ish.
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Much has been written about classic guitar set ups and sounds to assist people in emulating some of those sounds heard on famous recordings. More often than not such text ends up in a mess of waffle worthy only of pretentious wine tasters. This is not the case with this book, which clearly and authoritatively sets out the building blocks of and factors affecting the sound of amplified electric guitars. There is a well produced CD that demonstrates precisely what the author is on about, with detailed information on the kit and the settings used to enable someone to have a reasonable stab at recreating that tone. It's all down to personal taste, but to my ear some of the 'classic' tones leave a lot to be desired - especially with the older more primitive kit, but there more than enough great sounds to give the player ideas about which amps and kit to try to help find his/her own sound.
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the author explores a number of classic / specimen guitar rigs in order to demonstrate how each piece of equipment contributes to the classic sound. the book provides a fair degree of technical insight but is unlikely to discourage the general reader. some great photos as well that I've not seen before. my only quibble might be around the classic rigs the author has chosen - it's light on contemporary (post 1980) rock. nonetheless a very enjoyable read and great value.
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