7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A good start.,
This review is from: Boss Book: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Popular Compact Effects for Guitar (Paperback)
I bought this book wanting to learn more about Boss effects pedals and other Boss items. I own five Boss pedals from the '80's and was curious about them. The Boss book is not written like a typical book of its genre. The sections are divided up with product information at the first, followed by a collection of related essays/writings, then examples of albums and songs where you can hear examples of effects being used, and finally, an index of sample sounds on the included CD.
The book shows every pedal effect made up to around 2001 with a description next to each one and the dates that they were in production. The pedals are logically grouped such as all overdrive pedals are listed then distortion then etc. and they are listed in order of year introduced--example the OD-1 is the first overdrive pedal listed. Since overdrive and distortion pedals are the most used by guitarists, in this first section there is additional information related to the 20 versions of overdrive and distortion pedals Boss has developed and where they fit along a distortion spectrum as well as a comparison of their sine wave signatures. I found this first section very helpful in becoming familiar with Boss pedals.
The next sections were all done in a essay or interview style. The most helpful was the interview with a guitar player who shares how the pedals have changed over time and how to identify the approximate time period a pedal was made. I used this information to identify my own pedals along with the production date information.
The rest of the essays and interviews tended to repeat some of the same information. Nowhere in the book did they tell you how to use Boss pedals, but if you looked at some of the pictures to see how things were arranged and read carefully through the interviews and essays, you could pick up hints about how some of the pedals were to be used, which pedals were better than others, or which ones produced unique sounds. In these sections you also get some insight into how and why certain products were developed or evolved. The CD gave a variety of sounds using Boss pedal with some of the sample tracks sounding like familiar songs.
Overall I think the book and CD were worth the money. To earn five stars they should have included some info about using their pedals and instead of using broad categories with the list of albums and songs they listed, it would be beneficial to have listed albums and songs by type of effect