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History of the American Guitar Hardcover – September 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Friedman (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586632973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586632977
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By dwight johnson on October 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is a retitled version of the limited edition book "The Chinery Collection: 150 Years of American Guitars". It has a new introduction and some new pages at the end covering 1996 through 1999. These new pages cover the Martin Backpacker, Taylor, PRS, etc.
If you already have the Chinery book you don't need this one. If you don't already have it, you'll love this one.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I gave this to my husband for his bday and I'm constantly looking at it myself. The pictures are outstanding the text is informative and basic. You need not be a guitar enthusist to enjoy this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D.R.L. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book was updated in 2012 with new content, making this 2001 edition obsolete. The new edition and reviews of that edition can be found at the following link ,,, History of the American Guitar - 1833 to the Present Day.
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