A History of Rock Guitars and Rock Guitarists

It is interesting to think that famous guitarists like Jimi Page, Eric Clapton, and Jimi Hendrix are just as famous as the electric guitars that they played. Many electric guitars that were made famous by these guitarists have household names like Stratocaster and Les Paul. I have made a list of books that discuss the history of these guitarists and their relationship to the guitars that we know and love.




How did he do it? So many years later, it's still the question guitar aficionados ask about Jimi Hendrix, whose music was like nobody else--s. Song by song, album by album, concert by concert, this book analyzes how Hendrix achieved that sound--and so, shows you how to achieve it, too. The book examines all of Hendrix's equipment, providing a nuts-and-bolts analysis of each of his guitars (including serial number, history, and provenance), his amps choices, and his singular use of revolutionary effects from wah-wahs to overdrives to bizarre-o pedals like the Fuzzface. A practical reference book like no other, this volume gives the proper guidance and tools to any guitarist who wants to take a stab at emulating one of the greatest players of all time.

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Totally Guitar is the biggest and most complete book on the world's most popular instrument, full of expert tips and fascinating stories for both beginning and advanced players. An unrivalled guide to the guitar, here are the stories behind 100 key electric guitar makers, from Alembic to Zemaitis, with fabulous color photos of all the greatest models from the 1930s to the 2000s. Here too is advice on how to string, tune, set up, clean, maintain, and store a prized instrument. Add 1,250 bars of music, 250 chords, the biggest glossary of guitar terms ever assembled in one book, and hundreds of essential tips on 10 hot playing styles from acoustic to rock 'n' roll and the result is a modern bible for the guitar-obsessed.

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Totally Guitar is the biggest and most complete book on the world's most popular instrument, full of expert tips and fascinating stories for both beginning and advanced players. An unrivalled guide to the guitar, here are the stories behind 100 key electric guitar makers, from Alembic to Zemaitis, with fabulous color photos of all the greatest models from the 1930s to the 2000s. Here too is advice on how to string, tune, set up, clean, maintain, and store a prized instrument. Add 1,250 bars of music, 250 chords, the biggest glossary of guitar terms ever assembled in one book, and hundreds of essential tips on 10 hot playing styles from acoustic to rock 'n' roll and the result is a modern bible for the guitar-obsessed.

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The Fender Stratocaster. The Gibson Les Paul Standard 1958. The Guild Starfire III. These are just a few of the axes that have earned the moniker "classic." In this entertaining, informative guide, guitar maven Walter Carter gives the lowdown on these and hundreds of other models, with model name and number, finishes, year of manufacture, production period, a wealth of fascinating history, background and trivia, and which artists played -- and sometimes advertised -- each instrument.



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Discussions of rock hardware are usually of interest only to rock musicians, as anyone who has ever been friends with one can attest. But this beautifully illustrated, well-written book manages to make the history of electric guitars, keyboards, winds, and even studio production and live sound recording both accessible and interesting to lay readers and musicians alike. Each of 14 chapter-essays focuses on the development and usage of an instrument or class of instruments in pop music. Though some of the information is rather technical (and some of the writing a bit stilted), most of it is presented in a clear and concise style?probably because most of the book's contributors are freelance writers and editors used to writing for magazine audiences. Lavishly illustrated with high-quality color and black-and-white photos, this title does an admirable job of filling a gap in the literature and is recommended for all popular music collections.?Rick Anderson, Contoocook, N.H. Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In The Electric Guitar: A History of an American Icon, scholars working in American studies, business history, the history of technology, and musicology come together to explore the electric guitar's importance as an invention and its peculiar place in American culture. Documenting the critical and ever-evolving relationship among inventors, craftsmen, musicians, businessmen, music writers, and fans, the contributors look at the guitar not just as an instrument, but as a mass-produced consumer good that changed the sound of popular music and the self image of musicians.



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Stringed instruments resembling the modern guitar date back 5,000 years! Most have six strings, but others have anywhere from four to 12 strings depending on the model and the player. Some are simply styled and made of wood, while others are incredibly embellished with lots of added effects. See them all--2,000 of them, in fact--in the ultimate pictorial guitar collection: 2,000 Guitars. You want guitar heroes? Discover all of the legendary guitar makers, from Gibson and Gretsch to Fender and Ibanez, and learn how classic models evolved and who played them. The incredible array of featured instruments are arranged alphabetically by maker/manufacturer for easy access. For convenient browsing, sections are further organized by subdivisions, including solid-bodied guitars, semi-solid-bodied guitars, acoustic guitars, and bass guitars. Clean, modern spreads showcase thousands of full-color photographs of the world's most coveted guitars, including antique instruments like a Wornum Lyre guitar from 1810. This rockin' catalog profiles famous guitars like the colorful Fender Stratocaster, hand-painted by George Harrison and used in the Magical Mystery Tour, B.B. King's beloved Lucille, and Brian Setzer's swingin' Gretsch Nashville.

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