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Beatles Gear: All the Fab Four's Instruments from Stage to Studio (Book) Hardcover – December 1, 2009
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"A fresh, highly readable perspective on the group's well-documented history...will appeal to hardcore fans and interested laymen. Recommended." -- Library Journal
"A lavish celebration of every known piece of musical equipment [The Beatles] used...large and colorful...well-researched..." -- Tower Records' Pulse! magazine
"A sure bet to be a 'must-have' under the Christmas tree for any rabid Beatles fan." -- Mondo Gordo
"An authoritative guide to The Beatles' equipment...Babiuk shows himself to be a persistent researcher and a writer of clarity." -- Mark Lewisohn, renowned Beatles expert, author of The Beatles Recording Sessions and of the Beatles Gear foreword
"May be the ultimate specialized study of The Beatles...the sheer mass of information is impressive...the pictures...are fab." -- Chicago Tribune
"The 'gift book'...a luxury item...to be held and admired.... Beatles Gear provides a history of their sound." -- Boston Globe
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"The ultimate Beatles fanatic book." -- San Jose Mercury News
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is for those like me who are not only Beatles enthusiasts, but also musicians who want to know every little bit of info (or, as much info as they can get) on all the instruments, and amps, and drums, etc. that the Beatles used during their career. Being a huge Beatle fan (and musician, as stated already), I thought I had a pretty decent knowledge of their guitars they used. Well..... how little I actually DID know! I learned a few things, already, after only skimming through the book for the first time...... like that George had TWO Gretsch Country Gents that look similar but are different in their switch configurations. Look at the photos provided of George onstage at different shows, and lo and behold! Two different Country Gents! Cool!
Other invaluable bits of info for the Beatle fan who must know "everything".... Ringo had three different Ludwig drum sets - with which five different "The Beatles" logo drum heads were used on the kick drum over the few years they toured. Amazing!
We all know Paul has had two Hofner violin basses - a '61 and a '63 - of which the '63 model became his main axe..... and we know John had two Rick 325's, the first of which he had painted black, and the second that was black from the start. But, I didn't know he had a 12-string version of his famous black 325!
The book is full of great photos of the actual guitars bought and used by John, Paul, and George... and, where an actual guitar could not be located for photographing, an exact model is provided.Read more ›
For people who are interested in the amps, musical instruments, recording devices and technology of that era, then you want to read this book. You also develop a heightened awareness of the Beatles' musical instruments such as the differences in both of George Harrison's Country Gents guitar. ("Before He Was Fab," a book co-authored by George's only sister describes a Rickenbacker the youngest Beatle bought in September of 1963 during his visit to Benton, Illinois). You also get some interesting detailed information on the different drum kits Ringo used; Paul McCartney's famous 1961 and 1963 Hofner bass guitars; John's famous acoustics and you even get the scoop on the Beatles' logo and how it changed on the drum kits! That was new to me and I've been an inveterate Beatle fan and Beatle expert for most of my life!
Readers are treated to photographs of the Beatles' instruments and other technical devices, e.g. recording equipment. I had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Babiuk speak at a Beatles' convention and the man is truly a scholar. This is a book well worth having!
Of course, if you are just buying it for the photos, you won't be dissappointed. An absolute plethora of pictures adorn the huge pages of this book, making it a real sight for guitar-starved eyes.
However, Beatles Gear fills a void that previous books rarely touched on: the instruments the Beatles used. While this subject may only appeal to instrument enthusiasts and the most fervent Beatles fan, it does add something valuable to the history of the group. One feels Andy Babiuk really did his research and made an attempt to fully cover every instrument the band owned or played.
This book makes a nice suppliment to the "bible" that is Lewisohn's "Recording Sessions." The pictures are (mostly) beautifully rendered and many have not been seen before.
While this book is not for everyone, it makes the distinction of being a rare Beatles book that adds to wealth of knowledge already out there.
(P.S. I am writing this in the shadow of my Epiphone Casino, my Beatle bass, and my Fender Twin Reverb Amplifier.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another fantastic book by Andy Babiuk. The depth of research is amazing. Great pictures too.Published 4 days ago by Michael W.
Wonderful book! I thought I knew a lot about the Beatles and their instruments until I read this book. Fascinating, well written, and great pictures. I highly recommendPublished 5 months ago by DadofHannah
My son-in-law was thrilled with this book, which is high quality as well as informative.Published 7 months ago by Shirley M
Incredible very specific accounting for practically all of the instruments, amplifiers, pedals, microphones, studios and recording gear, (you name it! Read morePublished 7 months ago by L. J. Gregory
Very interesting reading if your are a Beatles nut....not just entirely about gear....lots of info about recording and general Beatles stuff throughout their careers.Published 10 months ago by William Fox
This is an outstanding book for any musician or Beatle fan. The author has done tremendous research and not only describes any instrument the Beatles ever used but also tells the... Read morePublished 12 months ago by anthony chartrand