- File Size: 1781 KB
- Print Length: 80 pages
- Publisher: Hal Leonard; 2 edition (August 1, 1998)
- Publication Date: August 1, 1998
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001CHLKQS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Getting Great Guitar Sounds Kindle Edition
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In the guitar section, the author discusses the parts that make up a guitar and how they affect its sound. Next, he discusses the electrical components of the guitar, and finally, amps and speakers. The information is very condensed and some statements are not fully exposed e.g., the author mentions capacitors having an affect on sound but does not really communicate what they are, how they work, and how capacitors with different values will affect the guitars sound.
"Getting Great Guitar Sounds" has some of the best definitions and explanations that I have read so far. In the effects section, the author gives a very good introduction to various types of effects and their applications. Some effects are left out like Wah-Wah pedals, but the same publisher, Hal Leonard, has a book devoted to the Wah, "CryBaby Presents the Wah-Wha Book."
In the tricks of the trade section, the author discusses the effects chain, the correct setup for stereo, advanced rigs i.e., multi-effects, and when not to used effects. Additionally the author discusses playing live vs. the studio and also the pros can cons of vintage guitars, amps, and effects.
At the end of the book the author discusses how several artists archive their sound and also what the author personally uses. While other books may also explain how various elements affect your sound, typically in isolation to just the single guitarist, "Getting Great Guitar Sounds" goes even further by explaining how an empty hall vs. one with a full audience or even one that is half full will affect your sound and why you might sound good when playing by yourself, but not when playing with others in a band or vice versa.
...What's the purpose of talking about guitar effects in isolation from each other and from the amp? Any moron can dial in individual effects in any guitar store -- meanwhile, we're left without a clue about how to bend amp tone itself through controlling eq and levels at multiple distortion stages from guitar pickups to studio monitors -- which is exactly what this book should, and doesn't, cover. It covers some aspects of "getting great guitar sounds", but is limited as far as "getting great amp and distortion sounds".
At this point, there aren't enough books on getting guitar sounds to be very critical; we have to buy what's available and try to piece together the clues. This book is the most well-conceived book, though there's much room for improvement in content. Recommended, because it has the right goal, though there's ample room for improvement.
If you are just starting out and you are searching for information that will help guide you on the path to your tone I would recommend it to you.
Therefore, I will be loaning this book out to my begining guitar students as a way for them to start thinking about their tone and a way for them to start asking questions.
Also...... Don't ever pay to have your guitar/bass setup ever again. The author describes in "Normal person terms" the different steps to properly setting up a guitar. I used to pay $40 per guitar every 2 months or so....Now I do them myself and they have never sounded better.
I just purchased 2 more of these books for other musician friends! Good Luck -=Eddie=-