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History of Japanese Electric Guitars Paperback – March 6, 2015
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About the Author
Frank Meyers has been playing, repairing, studying, collecting and researching guitars since the 1990s. His passion for guitars was ignited with his first electric guitar, a 1963 Japanese Fujigen EJ2. Since then, he has documented the stories and histories of hundreds of other early bizarre, off-brand guitars, has written numerous articles for publications (including Premier Guitar and Japanese Music Trades) and his own website www.DrowninginGuitars.com. Frank lives with his family in the rolling hills of Eastern Pennsylvania.
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The writing is outstanding and this book is a fantastic chronicle for someone that had no idea Japan had played such an integral part of the music revolution. I look at these guitars through very different eyes now and I'm guessing this will create a collectors market (if it doesn't already exist) for these beautiful instruments.
I highly recommend this book, it cannot be perused or read in a few hours. The pictures alone gobble up a lot of time. The histories and back stories will drive you to Google to look for more info as well.
My only wish is for a second book! Maybe something in collaboration with Deke Dickerson: Frank could call it "Teisco in the Attic". I'm sure that between the production in Japan and the demand in the US and around the world, there are many stories yet to be told about these wonderful guitars.
This book and the wonderful guitars it contains reminds me of a quote from the movie Ratatouille: "Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist *can* come from *anywhere*. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau's, who is, in this critic's opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau's soon, hungry for more." It is difficult to imagine more unpretententious origins than the guitars, men and women contained in this book yet it is likely they could be some of the most innovative instruments ever produced and most assuredly this book has left me hungry for more.
Well written, great documentation, Fab photos, & probably the best informative guide
available, on Japanese made guitars from the Sixties! In depth info on the factories,
guitar makes, brands, vintage advertisements, & the people behind them. The section
on the vintage pickups alone, are worth the price of the book. Let's hope Frank follows
up with another gem like this, maybe featuring more of the rare styles of the "Branded
Guitars", with even more photos! Every Vintage Guitar player or collector should have
this book in thier reference library.