Guitar Identification

A Reference for Dating Guitars Made by Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, and Martin

Guitar Identification

Book 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.

Classic Guitars

Identification and Price Guide

Classic Guitars

Presents a chronological evolution for 260 of the most famous brands of classic guitars, showing how each has changed throught the years.

Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars

An Identification Guide for American Fretted Instruments

Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars

The original version of this guide has sold over 30,000 copies. This new edition has been expanded by 25% and promises to become an invaluable resource. For collectors, dealers and players, this completely updated "field guide" provides specifications, serial numbers, and more for determining the originality of vintage American acoustic and electric fretted instruments. Detailing thousands of models by every major manufacturer, the book now includes expanded coverage of Martin, Guild, Mosrite, Dobro, Gibson banjos, Fender amps, Gibson amps, plus updates on the latest models from Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, and others since 1990.

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird

An Odd-Shaped History of Gibson's Weird Electric Guitars

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird

(Guitar Reference). Until the launch of the Flying V and Explorer in 1958, electric guitars were supposed to look like...guitars. Suddenly, Gibson turned conventional design upside down, almost literally, by using straight lines and angular body shapes, changing the way electrics could look and, in the process, creating a set of rare future collectables. Flying V, Explorer, Firebird tells the story of those first peculiar instruments and goes on to describe Gibson's second attempt at nonstandard designs with the Firebird of the early '60s. The book shows how most of these were a commercial failure at first and goes on to detail the influence of the designs on guitar-makers such as Hamer, Jackson, Dean, Ibanez, and BC Rich, all of whom embraced Gibson's original weird-is-good design ethic. In parallel with the story of the makers is an absorbing account of the players who discovered these odd-shaped instruments, including Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), the Edge (U2), and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick). Interviews with players and makers illuminate the story of this fascinating assortment of electric guitar innovations, alongside specially commissioned images of every key model and brand and an enviable collection of guitar memorabilia, plus a gallery of leading guitarists photographed in action with their instruments. If it's weird and has strings, it's in Flying V, Explorer, Firebird .

The Luthier's Handbook

A Guide to Building Great Tone in Acoustic Stringed Instruments

The Luthier's Handbook

(Book). An essential item for the instrument builder, The Luthier's Handbook explores the secrets and science behind making good-sounding acoustic stringed instruments. Renowned author Roger H. Siminoff brings to the table more than four decades of luthiery experience and shares the time-tested philosophies, tips and technology of the craft. As the ideal complement to other books on building instruments, this text describes the structural and acoustical attributes of air chambers; what to listen for when tap-tuning; selecting a good piece of wood; placement of the braces and tone bars and how to tune them; how to select the right strings; what to consider in bridge design concepts; and much more. Includes a free String Gauge Calculator for determining the right set of strings.

Warman's Vintage Guitars Field Guide

Values and Identification

Warman's Vintage Guitars Field Guide

With generations of talented and intense guitarists honored for their talents, it's no wonder the same models of guitars they use are hot tickets in today's collectibles market. Warman's Vintage Guitars Field Guide pulls together history, tips for collectors, lessons in guitar lingo, contact information and 350 photos of the leading guitars of the last 100 years in this unique and enjoyable guide. Collectors will gain greater appreciation of the craftsmanship and style that is synonymous with guitars in this full-color book that includes some of Eric Clapton's personal collection that fetched top dollar at auction. Particulars and current prices for guitars including Gibson, Fender, Stratocaster, Martin, Silverstone and Epiphone are covered in this unique resource.

The Gibson L5

The Gibson L5

(Guitar). Introduced in 1922, the Gibson L5 is the precursor of the modern archtop guitar. It was the first archtop to feature f-holes, which allowed it to project through the horn-dominated bands of the day. Its strong, full, warm sound was an immediate and overwhelming success that turned the heads of makers, players and listeners alike. This book takes a look at its history and most famous players, from its creation, through the Norlin years, to its standing today as the world's most popular jazz guitar. With its stunning 16-page full-color photo section, this book is a must for every guitar enthusiast's collection! 8-1/2 x 11 .

The Fender Bass

The Fender Bass

(Book). The Fender Bass, created 40 years ago by the inventive genius of Leo Fender, still remains today as the definitive electric bass. Before Fender, there was simply no electric bass at all! Leo's design was so revolutionary that it rapidly became a 'classic, ' an essential element which was responsible for defining the image of modern music. Every new bass is inspired (more or less) from his basic design. The Fender Bass tells the detailed story of the electric bass through the different models and their improvements, from their origins to the present form. Includes hundreds of black & white and color photos of the basses and their most famous players.

The Fender Bass

An Illustrated History

The Fender Bass

(Book). When Leo Fender added a bass to his growing family of instruments 50 years ago, he created a new world for musicians and revolutionized an industry in the process. Using hundreds of photographs, this exciting release chronicles the evolution of that instrument from 1951 to 2001, providing background, history and highly researched facts vital to understanding everything about this remarkable member of the Fender family. A must for all music fans!