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American Guitars: An Illustrated History Paperback – June 17, 1992

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperResource; Revised and Updated edition (June 17, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062731548
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062731548
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a music store owner, musician, and collector, I find this book indespenible. We've worn out several copies over the years. It's as complete a reference as one could possibly expect, and fairly fun to just sit and browse through.
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By A Customer on October 22, 2001
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This book has got to be one of the top 10 guitar books on the market today. It covers all the major and lesser known U.S. guitar makers from A to Z, including history, models, specs, biographical info, and more. The sections on such well-known brands as Epiphone, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch and Rickenbacker are particularly interesting. With hundreds of great photos throughout, this book is one of the most comprehensive and well-written books available--a must for all guitar lovers.
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This is my second copy having bought the first edition in the 80's. Finally I have a copy with the color plates! Anyway, if you're a fan of the guitar you have to have this book. If there's anything "wrong" with it, it is that it is now ten years old and I hope Tom Wheeler has plans for a new, 2002, update. I'd buy that one too! I also hope he gets around to mentioning Kustom guitars from the late sixties ( he hasn't so far) and I thought they looked cool back then.
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So far, this is the best information guitar book out there that I have found. This is not a beautiful and large color picturesque type photo book. If that's what you're looking for, then get the Tony Bacon 2000+ pictures guitar book and others, but for those of you and especially the younger generation guitar enthusiasts " Nuts like me who's a whole lot older " who would like to know more about how these great guitars originated and the lives of the founders of these great guitar companies and how they came about, this is the book for you. Most pictures are in B&W although there is a middle of the book color section of various Classic Acoustic & Electric guitars. This info book is about the history of both, the Acoustic and Electric guitars . You can read about the life and times of these Great Builders and founders such as, Leo Fender, Orville Gibson, Friedrich Gretsch, Semie Moseley of The Mosrite guitars and many other great guitar builders and their companies. Also see how each model of these guitars and the companies and their manufacturers came about and how each new guitar model and the year they were built and how they transpired and more. It's also about the builders themselves and the ever changing and expanding rates of these companies through the years as the builders and their guitar companies were getting older and much more established and how new ideas were being proposed. There are B&W pictures of these guitars as they were being introduced to be sold with info of how and year of each of these guitars when and as they were being created in the factories. There's a lot more info also. This is a must get book for anyone interested in knowing this information. Only drawback is, it stops in 1992.Read more ›
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This is an informative book, well written and a lot of detail about many US guitars and brands some quite obscure. I felt there was too much emphasis on Gibson; Probably part of the reason is Gibson has been around for a very long time and build quality instruments. I would recommend this book if a person wants to find out about guitar manufacturers and vintage models of guitars most are listed probably some omissions but I am quite sure there are few that have been omitted in this very concise and to the point book.
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Informative text. Many photos that are largely black and white and often not particularly sharp, dulling the presentation. The low, used price makes it more attractive.
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