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Comment: Die-cut collector's box includes padded-leatherette hardcover book signed and numbered (#288 of 540) by the author, booklet, guitar pick, and exclusively designed, hand-woven silk chiffon scarf. Collector's box some tearing at the corners due to overall weight of item. Paperboard box was not strong enough to withstand handling. All the faces and edges are shiny black and in nice shape. Book, Booklet and Scarf are like new. Great photo essay of the subject matter, and cool extra pieces.
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WHY 108?

For centuries, 108 has been considered a sacred number. It features in both yoga- and dharma-related practices, and makes an appearance in everything from ancient ruins (Stonehenge's Sarsen Circle is 108 feet in diameter) to classical literature (in Homer's Odyssey, Penelope has 108 suitors). I invite you to research the history of this significant number for yourself to determine if its frequent manifestation throughout the ages and across so many disciplines is mere coincidence. A sampling of what you will find:
The distance between the earth and sun is 108 times the sun's diameter. The distance between the earth and the moon is 108 times the moon's diameter. The diameter of the sun is 108 times the diameter of the earth. 
The sum total of 108 (one plus zero plus eight) equals nine, a number that in numerology symbolizes endings and beginnings, or Transformation.
In astrology, there are twelve houses and, including Pluto, nine planets. Nine times twelve equals 108.
In ayurvedic practice, it is believed that the body has 108 pressure points where consciousness and flesh intersect to create life.
A mala or prayer garland usually has 108 beads to signify the chanting of a mantra 108 times. In the Sri Yantra--a mandala representing Creation found in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, and whose sound is "Om"--there are 54 points where energy lines intersect. Each such intersection has masculine and feminine--Shiva and Shakti--qualities. Fifty-four times two equals 108. The chakras, our energy centers, are the intersections of energy lines, and there are said to be a total of 108 energy lines converging to form the heart chakra.
For a yogi such as myself there is no better number of guitars to present in this collection. The more conventional alternatives of 100 or 101 do not offer such mystical significance. But in many ways, I did not choose 108, it chose me--following me through my days as a reminder to say my mantras, and as comfort and guide throughout the duration of this project. It is, I believe, a divine number. Similarly, the music made with the instruments seen in these pages is, to my ear, divine.
Namaste.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Glitterati Incorporated; De Luxe edition edition (October 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989170403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989170406
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 2.6 x 13.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Armed with a macro lens, an incredible eye for detail and a truly ground breaking vision, Lisa Johnson's guitar art, is taking the world of fine art photography on a rock and roll ride. Far from still life, Lisa's work conjures the abstract, yet also possesses a very sensual and ethereal feel that intentionally illustrates the intimate wear and tear details of the instrument. Her unique presentation undoubtedly personifies the musician and captures their true spirit in these wooden extensions of their own iconic flesh.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bunn on December 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Three out of five stars only because a very expensive book was poorly assembled.
The photographs in this book are stunningly beautiful. They are well composed and highlight exactly what bond has formed between musician and instrument. If you delight in just the beauty and originality of these guitars, you will not be disappointed. The icing on the cake is the stories behind them.
The only weak point was in the manufacture of the book itself. For a $400 Deluxe Edition book, it was poorly assembled. Half of the pages of the book were stuck together at the edges. Upon finally getting the pages apart, the color had lifted off of the page edges. And to make matters worse, the publisher refused to make an even exchange of the damaged book. I had to jump through hoops of returning the book to the seller. Then the publisher would sell me a replacement book. Terrible for Glitteratti Press.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Strummer Girl on November 8, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I don't usually write reviews but I had to for this. I bought this book as a gift and thought it was so magnificent, I kept it for myself and ordered another! It's absolutely gorgeous from cover to cover and looks amazing on my coffee table. I've always looked at guitars as artworks themselves and these photos really capture that. These images focus mostly on sections of the guitar and show the details that you don't see in other guitar books--and I have several. It's like you can look into the very heart and soul of the musician by looking at the interesting markings and wear and tear on the instrument and the angles and warm lighting really bring these guitars to life. Every time I look through the book, I see something I didn't notice before. Yes, some of the guitar greats one might expect to see are not here, notably Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray and others--the book could have easily been 208 Rock Star Guitars--plenty of the big names are included, Jimmy Page, Bruce, Ace Frehely, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Slash, Rick Nielsen, Robby Krieger, Jack White and the list goes on. The stories that Johnson includes about the shoots and the guitars themselves are really interesting, too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johnski2004 on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I received this book as a gift from a friend. When i received the 10lb book in the mail, I was amazed to see this up close and personal. The leather bound cover makes this the quintessential coffee table book and a perfect gift for Christmas! I ended up purchasing 2 of these for friends of mine as they are big photography fans. The book goes into fine detail and photos of guitars and the authors recollection of how she photographed some of these guitars is a wonderful angle to showcasing these photos. Each page is done with high fine print and very classy. So glad to have received this book! Words cannot describe the beauty that lies within this wonderful collection of photographs from Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and many many others!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rick Lawrence on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What an incredible collection of the world's most famous guitars! I've had the privilege of hearing almost all of them on records, seeing fewer of them in person, but I have never seen any of them in such a creative, artistic presentation. The details of these instruments are something that I wouldn't have ever thought to look for, and it brings the reader into an intimate perspective with these instruments of lore. I feel like I'm playing them, like I'm scratching them or denting them, just like the years and years of playing, touring, and handling has shown. Truly incredible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy S Jones on January 30, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We love this. The quality of photos and paper is excellent. The information on instruments. musicians detailed. The quality of this publication exceeded our expectations. We will enjoy this for years.
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Format: Paperback
We all have heard the various stories about the guitarists and their axes; how birth was given to that particular riff, how a style was developed, and why they play the instruments they play. Yet few books have actually shown the blood, sweat, and tears, the guts & glory which have literally created the scars that made a particular weapon of choice unique alongside the six string slingers themselves as a further extension of their personality. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and with 108 Rock Star Guitars, photographer Lisa S Johnson creates pictures that are worth millions of them.

A warts and all collective on many famous guitars (& basses too), the detail of natural wear and tear brings us through many an axe’s journey through clubs, arenas, tour busses, studios, and just about any place in time where one wants to pick up and play. Johnson covers a whole plethora of instruments running from the immaculate (Steve Lukather’s Music Man and Adrian Belew’s Parker Fly), through many that have their fair share of road miles (Springsteen’s Esquire & Rick Neilsen’s checkered Hammer Explorer), through insane modifications (Zakk Wylde’s “Rebel” Les Paul sporting the bottle caps), and even one’s that are beat all-to-hell (Willie Nelson’s priceless and infamous “Trigger”). But it’s not just the guitars themselves, the blemishes also raise a lot of interest – For example, look at the hole that is worn above the pick guard of Johnny Winter’s Gibson Firebird, all those scratches on Brian May’s Red Special, and the worn out snakeskin on Warren DiMartini’s Charvel Python; what classic riffs did these guys come up with, what songs did they write, and where were they when all of these beauty marks & battle wounds were created.
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