A History of Electric Guitars

I don't know about you, but I like to read about the history of all of these vintage instruments that I see, repair, and play. The history of Fender, Gibson, and some of the other electric guitar manufacturers is fanscinating to me. Here are a bunch of quality books that I have found with details about the history of electric guitars.




The History of Fender Stratocaster and Telecaster Guitars



The Fender Stratocaster is a bestselling book by A.R. Duchossoir that features everything about this American classic: its history, patents and schematics, pricing, and handy identification tips. Includes stunning new full-color photos, Fender Custom Shop and Signature Series models, original ads, famous Strat artists, and much more. 72 pages.



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The world's most famous guitar has a golden anniversary in 2004, and this official, authorized book/CD package offers the best photos, quotes, facts and sounds to properly celebrate this achievement. From Buddy Holly to Jimi Hendrix to todays' hottest players, the Fender Stratocaster defines rock'n'roll for generations of fans and players.Special features include exclusive photos from the world's greatest guitar collection, as well as a CD with musical examples of famous Strat sounds and styles - even spoken excerpts from the author's interviews with the Strat's beloved inventor, Leo Fender.This book also recognizes that the Stratocaster's deeper significance lies in the music that guitarists have created with it. You'll hear what Strat players have to say about their instrument, their music and each other. The Fender Stratocaster both reflects and influences popular culture worldwide. The Stratocaster Chronicles focuses on the people who brought it into the world, the designers and builders who refined it, and the players who have taken it from there.

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The Fender Telecaster is regarded as the first commercially successful solid body electric guitar. Designed by Leo Fender at a time when the words rock and roll were not even coined, the 'Telly' is the senior member of a family of instruments whose sounds and looks helped revolutionize the world of popular music. This book relates the story of Telecaster Guitars since 1950 - everything you ever wanted to know is explored through lots of color and black and white photos, charts and interviews.



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The Story of the World's First Solidbody Electric Guitar

Launched by the fledgling Fender Company in 1950, the Telecaster has become the longest-lived solid-body electric guitar, played by everyone from Muddy Waters to Chrissie Hynde. All who play know that the key to the Telecaster's importance and versatility is its sheer simplicity. Packed with high-quality photographs of great Telecasters, collectible catalogs, period press ads, and memorabilia, this tribute tells the story of the Telecaster and the Fender Company through exclusive interviews with Fender figures who were there when this musical star was born. 50 color photos, and 40 black-and-white photos are included.


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The Stratocaster. The Telecaster. During the quarter-century following World War II, Fender guitars didn't just make music. They made musical history. Those spectacular years are remembered and celebrated in this definitive new book, which tells the story of the Fender company and the wondrous instruments it created. Featuring 250 photographs of Fender guitars-including some extremely rare guitars in private collections-as well as the largest collection of Fender advertising ever assembled, this gorgeously designed volume is a comprehensive account of Fender's golden age. It will be irresistible to anyone interested in guitars, rock 'n' roll, or mid-century American collectibles and ephemera. Like the guitars it documents, the book simply brings down the house.


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How Leo Fender and I Built G&L Guitars

Almost every guitarist knows the guitar companies Fender and GandL. Both these companies grew from the successful friendship and business partnership of George Fullerton and Leo Fender. George tells, in his own words, the amazing story of his celebrated collaboration with Leo that, for over 50 years, produced some of the world's most popular and treasured guitars and amplifiers, including the Telecaster, P-Bass and the Stratocaster. This complete history of the Fender organization and the GandL Guitar company, reveals through rare pictures and first-hand accounts, an insider's view of this amazing success story and the friendship that survived for a lifetime. Includes a 16-page color section featuring George's rare guitars and prototypes. George Fullerton lives in Fullerton, California.

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From the same "dream team" that created The Fender Stratocaster Chronicles (Vintage Guitar magazine's 2004 Book of the Year) comes this new publication covering the other side of Fender's legacy, the instrument amplifier. Revered as much as one's guitar, the Fender amplifier gets its due in this full-color, richly illustrated book. Features over 400 images, including legendary guitarists such as Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Neil Young, Pete Townshend, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, Robbie Robertson and Dick Dale, and two CDs featuring over 100 tracks that make terms and topics come alive.


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Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty's Golden Era is a long overdue book that covers the world's greatest period of guitar manufacturing. As CEO of Gibson Guitars from 1948 to 1966, Ted McCarty presided over the production of nearly one million instruments and amplifiers. 1950s Gibson Les Paul Standards, Flying Vs, Explorers, and ES-335s are considered to be some of the most valuable fretted instruments in the world. This book is Ted McCarty's first and only complete biography, and a book that gives us a glimpse into a golden era of his factory and his loyal employees who made some of the world's most desirable guitars. It features over 100 photographs, some from Ted's personal archives and never before published. "Ted McCarty was the architect of a Golden period in Gibson's history. During his 18-year tenure, he helped to reestablish the company's historic leadership in the industry through a number of musical innovations that still resonate today." Gibson Chairman and CEO Henry E. Juszkiewicz

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The Gibson Electric Guitar Book is a comprehensive, richly illustrated guide to Gibson electrics past and present. Starting with the ES-150 - generally acknowledged as the first commercially successful electric guitar - through the 335s, Les Pauls, SGs, Firebirds, and more, it is packed with facts, stories, and images that tell the story of Gibson's great guitars and their most famous and influential players.




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The Les Paul guitar has been the instrument of choice for many of the world's top rock guitarists since its introduction in 1952. This book, which follows the authors' The Fender Book (Miller Freeman, 1992) as the second in a guitar profile series, documents the instrument's history and development. The guitars are discussed within the context of both popular music and the international guitar market. All models are covered, and the appendix includes a comprehensive reference section listing information needed to identify and date each model. High-quality photos highlight differences in model specifications and showcase many beautiful and collectible pieces. Designed to appeal to musicians, guitar collectors, and rock fans alike, this volume will prove useful in most libraries. --Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This splendid book chronicles 100 years of the companies that building Gibson guitars, banjos, and mandolins. Beautifully illustrated with countless pictures of guitars and the musicians who made them famous, this coffee-table edition is written by some of today's most prominent music writers, including the editor, Walter Carter, an expert on guitars; Roger H. Siminoff, author of technical guides for guitar, mandolin, and banjo construction; and country music author Michael McCal.





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The Gibson Electric Guitar Book is a comprehensive, richly illustrated guide to Gibson electrics past and present. Starting with the ES-150 - generally acknowledged as the first commercially successful electric guitar - through the 335s, Les Pauls, SGs, Firebirds, and more, it is packed with facts, stories, and images that tell the story of Gibson's great guitars and their most famous and influential players.



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The History of PRS Guitars


This spectacular volume showcases the stunning designs, technical innovations, and ingenious workmanship of Paul Reed Smith Guitars -- today's most important maker of electric guitars. It portrays every facet of this cutting-edge company's evolution, and spotlights outstanding PRS models. A breathtaking photographic gallery displays the Signature, signed by Smith; the Dragon, featuring opulent shell inlays; the Swamp Ash Special and Rosewood Limited, using non-standard materials; and the Santana models, honoring the best-known player of PRS guitars, Carlos Santana. A special section highlights exquisite examples of PRS' penchant for guitar building with the finest maple woods to create striking "flame-top" and "quilt-top" designs. Featuring 200 color photos, 5 fold-out spreads and a handsome slipcase, this book joins a line of lavish numbered limited Collector's Editions.



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Paul Reed Smith began building custom guitars in the late 1970s for players ranging from Ted Nugent to Carlos Santana. Now updated in paperback, this lush volume documents the latest developments at PRS - including the introduction of the Singlecut and Santana SE models - and showcases the stunning designs, technical innovations and ingenious workmanship of this cutting-edge company. Punctuating an anecdotal narrative, rich color photos showcase the Smith-signed Signature models, exquisite inlaid Dragons, Santanas and many more, plus PRS-- renowned use of the finest maple woods to create stunning "flame-top" and "quilt-top" effects. The first to tell Smith's entire story, this handsome paperback is an unparalleled treasure. Packed with collector details and specs. 9-7/8 inch. x 12-1/2 inch., 142 pages, hundreds of color photos.



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A Complete History of the Paul Reed Smith Guitars - 3rd Edition

The PRS Guitar Book details every facet of the wonderful electric guitars made by PRS, the Maryland-based company founded in 1985 by musician and guitar builder Paul Reed Smith. The paperback edition is updated to include all the latest information on the acclaimed Singlecut models, as well as the intriguing story of the Santana SE - the company's first venture into overseas manufacture. An inviting narrative describes the evolution of this internationally renowned guitar maker, while dynamic color photography spotlights outstanding PRS guitars such as the Signature, signed by Smith; the Dragon, sporting opulent shell inlays; the Swamp Ash Special and Rosewood Limited, using non-standard materials; and ultra-rare models from limited and custom runs. Other featured guitars include the latest acoustic-electrics, and the Santana models that celebrate the partnership between PRS guitars and their best-known player, Carlos Santana. A special section highlights the company's famed use of highly patterned maple woods, displaying the most stunning "flame-top" and "quilt-top" examples. This definitive book also provides an absorbing photo-essay on the making of a PRS guitar, plus specifications for identifying and dating PRS instruments. "The PRS Guitar Book is a must-have for any collector, PRS owner, or anyone who appreciates PRS guitars." -Guitar Digest "Masterful ... tons of gorgeous, full-color photos." -Guitar Player "This hefty volume of brilliantly colorful guitars made by Paul Reed Smith exemplifies the best and the brightest..." -Dirty Linen "A fitting tribute to a company which has, in a short time, come to symbolize a quality alternative to the 'big two' American electric guitar manufacturers." -Vintage Guitar



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The History of Rickenbacker Guitars


This book traces the history and story of the remarkable and unique Rickenbacker guitars. Rare, unusual and outstanding Rickenbacker models are shown in specially commissioned full-color photographs, and meticulous listings for the collector detail all the company's electric guitars from 1932 to 1994. Essential reading for players and collectors.




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The History of Gretsch Guitars




Introduced in 1954 as one of Gretsch's "Guitars of the Future," the White Falcon was an overwhelmingly impressive instrument. The influence of this spectacular new guitar spread to other models and guitar manufacturers. It was the dawn of a half a century of awe-inspiring guitars. This book compiles the best of Gretsch's inventions over the past 50 years and tells the stories of their creation and the people behind them, including artists Pete Townshend, Tom Petty, Alanis Morissette, Chet Atkins, Elvis Presley, Sheryl Crow, John Frusciante, Jimmy Page, and Bo Diddley.




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The History of Electric Guitars


Covering eight more years of models and updated with new photos and industry revelations, this handy book is an indispensable tool for novice and expert collectors to date instruments from the four most popular guitar manufacturers. Good for either your own instruments or a guitar that you are considering buying, this classic includes serial numbers and common features to help you date instruments quickly and accurately. This new edition features a suggested reading list, author bio, and over 150 illustrations.



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For thirty-five years, bestselling author and accomplished musician Jonathan Kellerman has been, as he puts it in his Introduction to this lavishly illustrated, endlessly fascinating volume, --chasing fabulous sound.-- The result of that quest is a world-class collection of guitars, mandolins, and other stringed instruments that number more than 120 and counting. Kellerman takes us on a fascinating guided tour through his collection, complete with rich personal histories of his favorite instruments and of the brilliant, often eccentric craftsmen and musicians who brought them to life. It is a record of one man's lifelong love affair with the guitar . . . and it is much, much more. Whether writing about household names such as Fender, Gibson, Martin, and Dobro or about marques revered by aficionados--D--Angelico, Hauser, Stromberg, and Torres--Kellerman brings to bear the same sure storytelling instincts and keen attention to detail that characterize his bestselling fiction, making each entry a sparkling mini-essay as much to be savored as the sensual photographs that follow.

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From the award-winning team that produced the best selling Ultimate Guitar Book comes the most comprehensive book about the electric guitar. The A to Z format in Electric Guitars covers more than 120 makers from around the world and details their successes and failures through 1,200 unique color studio quality photographs. This book focuses on the iconic electric guitar with an introduction that places it in an historical context, running from early acoustic instruments in the 16th century to amplification experiments in the 1930's. A 65-year period from 1935 to 2000 is covered.



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Illustrated throughout with stunning, specially commissioned photographs,this is the definitive book on the history and culture of the electric guitar. It looks at the effects of the new developments, the stories of the pioneers behind the primitive instruments and the guitarists who made the instrument so influential. Completely updated for this new edition in paperback, this classic book is an essential addition to all guitar enthusiasts' bookshelves. Updated edition of the classic title The Electric Guitar, including a brand new section on 90s Retro and Britpop and a new profile on the 90s classic guitar Specially commissioned photography that brings out the full color and texture of the guitars. Foreword by Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.

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In this captivating guide to the greatest electric guitars of all time, guitar expert Neville Marten selects the most seminal instruments, from Ampeg to Zemaitis, and reveals why each is musically and historically significant. Each guitar is presented with beautiful, evocative images and shown in the hands of an iconic musician to illustrate how, through combining the skill of the player and the instrument maker, an inanimate object of wood and metal can be transformed into one of the world's most expressive tools of communication. The instruments showcased in Guitar Heaven have left an indelible impression on popular music, both in terms of sound and visual impact. This fascinating gallery shows the instrument not as the two-dimensional object so often depicted in most guitar books, but as a vibrant, epoch-changing icon of the twentieth century--and into the future.

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The guitar is the most popular and versatile of all musical instruments, lending its humble presence to musical forms and genres from rock, country, and bluegrass to classical, jazz, and blues. In The Ultimate Guitar Book, the guitars on display show an almost infinite range of variations and refinements on one basic theme "a box with a neck," as the editors put it in the introduction to the acoustic guitar. From 17th century Stradivari to the latest guitar-synthesizer hybrids, it's all here: instruments famous and rare, antique and novel, including guitars owned or used by notable musical figures from Les Paul to Paul McCartney. The text includes helpful notes on the instruments' construction, as well as information about legendary designers like Martin, Gibson, and Fender. Whether you are a guitarist, collector, or simply an admirer of exquisite musical craftsmanship, this lovely book is a testament to human ingenuity in search of the perfect sound.

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Celebrate the world's most seductive instrument. An obsessive, full-color book in the irresistible format of Shoes and Handbags--which together have over 700,000 copies in print--guitarS delivers a feast of 500 guitars in vibrant color, plus players, makers, legends, myths, and more. Here are guitars that made history, that changed the course of music, that inspired new generations of players and listeners. Here are milestones in the guitar's search for its true self--Torres's classical, the amazing Gibson L-5--and experiments that ushered in a new world of sound--Rickenbacker's "Frying Pan" and Les Paul's "Log." Plus B. B. King's Lucille, Willie Nelson's Trigger, Eric Clapton's Brownie, the J-160E that John Lennon played during his 1968 "bed-in" with Yoko, Jimi Hendrix's hand-painted Flying V in full psychedelic regalia. And the far-out Gittler--no body, no neck, no peghead, yet every inch a guitar.

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The only comprehensive history of the guitar, from the Civil War to the present.






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This unique guide examines the classic combinations of guitars, amps, and pedals used to create the most unforgettable sounds in pop, rock, and blues music. Dissecting a wide range of setups, the book pinpoints specific elements that contribute to sought-after tones, and it teaches guitarists of all levels how to get these sounds with gear available today. It also explores how mixing and matching gear can change each setup's tonal properties, making this book a must-have for both die-hard gear fanatics and those just beginning their quest for fantastic tone. The accompanying CD provides myriad combinations of guitar, amp, and effect setups. Includes 70 color photos, and 40 black-and-white photos.


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