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The Illustrated Directory of Guitars Paperback – 15 Jun 2003

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 Dec. 2014
By Clarence Nolan - Published on Amazon.com
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1.0 out of 5 stars Beware of duplicate buying 12 Oct. 2006
By Desert Hermit - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The following are basically the same books but with different titles and author names:

A) The Illustrated Directory of Guitar: Edited by Ray Bonds. Same as C) + D) but in pocket size. Authors name are not mentioned. Exactly same as B) but with different title and author.

B) Illustrated Directory of Acoustic and Electric Guitars: By Nick Freeth & Charles Alexander. Exactly same as above A) but changed the title.

C) The Acoustic Guitar: By Nick Freeth & Charles Alexander

D) The Electric Guitar: By Nick Freeth & Charles Alexander

E) The Guitar: By Martin Taylor, Nick Freeth & Charles Alexander. Combined the above C) & D) but changed the title. On "Recently Review", Amazon shows Martin Taylor as author. Very confusing & misleading.

As a guitars collector, I collect guitar books too. Confused by this marketing strategy, I have bought duplicates of these books. Feel being cheated.

I heard Nick Freeth has a new book; "Classical Guitar" coming out next year. I hope it is not another duplication with different title. I will check the "Search Inside" on Amazon or read it at local book stores before purchase it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good information, no index at all! 28 Sept. 2003
By Kathleen Cobcroft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Illustrated Directory of Guitars tracks the evolution of the acoustic and the electric guitar in two seperate sections. It's a handy size for carrying in your bag, and full of interesting information about the different developments and excellent pictures showing details of guitar models on every page. The influence of many designers and performers is described in brief.
Unfortunately, the publisher provided no index to the information, and only a very vague contents page. (eg. Acoustic guitars, section 2: Twentieth Century Developments pp. 79-218) It can hardly be called a directory if there's no way of looking up the information!
If you just want a book to read cover-to-cover or to open randomly, though, this could be the book for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking a lot 5 Jun. 2008
By S. Huh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Regarding acoustinc steel string guitars, I think the book covers well. However, when talking about the origins of the guitar, it lacks a lot. I can understand not talking too much regarding 17th and 18th centuries, but regarding 19th century, it should have some more info. More details regarding other french constructors as Laprevotte or Pons, some more of the 2 Stauffers (father and son), Scherzer,more details regarding Fabricatore family, etc... Also regarding 20th century classical guitars, there are too few info.
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