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on 22 November 2014
It's rare that I leave really negative reviews on Amazon but this is one big disappointment for me. First of all, while the preview of this book is in colour (sort of useful for a book whose purpose is to introduce novices to guitar wiring) the book I received WAS PRINTED ENTIRELY IN BLACK AND WHITE!! And a poor quality black and white at that. Needless to say I have asked for a refund and will be sending the book back. I consider this a poor decision on the part of the author & publisher and a careless decision on the part of Amazon.

As to the book itself...well, despite being led to by it by some positive reviews, I have to say it looks pretty unhelpful to someone who wants to learn about pickups and guitar wiring from scratch. The first thing that struck me was there's almost no text; it's all pictures and diagrams (which are pretty useless in b&w as I've said). What text there is doesn't seem to take into account that I'm a novice to electronics and need some hand-holding and general background information to build up my understanding. Yet again another book from someone who can't get outside of their own point of view (of knowing all about this stuff) to see it from the point of view of someone who doesn't and write from that perspective. In a few places Mr. Swike talks to you like you should find things self-explanatory and easy ("It's as simple as that...") and of course it isn't. He are uses symbols that are never explained (I *think* one of them is supposed to represent the tremelo claw!?) and this is pretty annoying because you find yourself guessing. "How pickups work" is 'explained' in one dense paragraph that left me none the wiser and missed the obvious opportunity to explain this in a way that would help make the wiring diagrams make more sense.

Finally, on the last page of this book, there's an invitation that reads:

"Download the color PDF version here". Out of curiosity I put the URL into my browser - and Google Chrome immediately red-flagged the page as a source of 'malware'. Given that the address is "www.snotboards.com...." I shouldn't have been surprised.
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on 22 October 2017
I have mixed feelings about this book. It contains a lot of good basic information, and is put in a simple understandable way. However - it is in black and white and needs colour illustrations; there are layout problems with labels on different pages to their diagrams; it is 10 years old and some components have change in appearance. The book is £15 so you might expect better. The actual wiring mod I was hoping to find isn't in the book. However, there is a free link within the book to a full colour PDF version, which also contains lots of extras and updates - which makes up for most things - if you have a computer! All in all it's a good buy.
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on 21 September 2017
This is a rather cheaply produced and dated book. There is nothing here that you can't find for free with a quick internet search.

The great thing about a well produced book is that you get a thorough insight in to the subject with more detail than you would from some random guy on the internet. Not so with this book.

Poor quality b&w photos, a few wiring diagrams with basic descriptions does not represent good value.

Having a hard copy of strat, tele and a Les Paul is always useful to have, though.
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on 9 May 2012
This book tells you the bare minimum and you need to pay a lot of money to get it. There are far better books on Amazon and all of the information is also available on the internet. All this would be forgiveable if the author had made an effort to actually write something of value, engage the reader or simply to connect the chapters. I read this on Kindle and it may be that my comments do not apply to the hard copy - Kindle formatting seems very strange. sorry - there is so much exciting to write about this topic and this seems like a missed opportunity (and the wrong price)
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on 12 January 2008
This is a useful introduction to electric guitar wiring, but has one flaw in my opinion. The wiring diagrams are more pictoral than schematic which is probably not a bad thing for beginners so no gripes there...but the diagrams are in black and white. This means all the wires are in varing shades of grey so tracing which wire goes where on some of the more complex layouts becomes quite challenging. There is a pdf link at the back of the book for a colour version download which kind of defeats the object of owning this as a hard copy.
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on 1 September 2017
handy little book.
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on 10 October 2017
another excellant book with good easy to understand diagrams and explanations on the wiring,
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on 23 May 2016
Great Book for any one who want to really understand How the wire ring is on your guitar Explained in detail and easy to understand 10/10
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on 18 November 2014
Quite a good book, and worth reading more than the pictures and circuit diagrams as they are all in Black & White
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on 18 July 2016
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