From Library Journal
This colorful, large-format book by the author of Electric Guitars (Advantage, 2000) and The Ultimate Guitar Book (Vintage, 1997) doesn't add anything new with its capsule history of the American guitar. Indeed, several previous books do a better job on the details, including Tom Wheeler's American Guitars (HarperCollins, 1992) and more specific works by Jim Washburn and Richard Johnston (Martin Guitars, Rodale) and Walter Carter (Gibson Guitars, General Publishing, 1994). On the other hand, this is a fine, large-format photo book filled with color photos of hundreds of guitars, from the early 1800s to today, including many foldout pages. Detail in the photography is uniformly excellent, and the textual history is complete though somewhat brief in spots. If your library is short on guitar history, this would make an excellent start, and the price is quite reasonable for the quality of production. Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI
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