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The Soul of Tone: Celebrating 60 Years of Fender Amps Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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If you're a guitarist and/or Fender aficianado, you will obviously like it, in fact probably already own it.
But even just a casual interest in Fender amps will be enough to pull you in. Lots of period pictures, lots of history and great writing. Even the technical explanations are downright interesting. You may not know or care about cathode follower tube circuits, or solid state vs. tube rectifiers, or tone stacks, or cabinet coverings, but you'll still enjoy how the author presents all this...and then suddenly, one day, you'll discover that not only did you understand it all, but you now have strong opinions about all these amp components. This is as fun a read as I've seen.
One warning: if you don't already own a Fender tube amp, after you read this book you will. So consider the purchase price of the book just a down payment on your new obsession.
A couple words about the included CDs: They're pretty enjoyable, especially CD2.
CD1: Greg Koch plays a somewhat eclectic combination of vintage amps and guitars. They are mostly historic pieces...sort of. For example he's doing demos of historic Fender amps for this 60 history, a significant book, and yet he's using a pieced together Bassman transplant head of dubious origin in an aftermarket cabinet. The Bassman is a landmark Fender amp. They can't locate a reasonably original one to demo for a few minutes? Seriously? Also Mr. Kochs' personality and junior high sense of humor get old really fast. He's a helluva guitar player, but it's like he can't stop himself from talking. He just needs to play, not talk.
CD2: This is really a fun CD. It's various guys from Fender (mostly marketing, engineering, and project directors) playing through modern and reissue amps that they were involved in seeing to market. These guys seem to get along great, and they can all play. So here you've got guys playing the amps that they delivered to the market, their "babies". It's fun to hear them talk about and play these amps.
Like I said, if you don't own a Fender tube amp (or even if you do) and you read this book...beware your bank account.
The CD is ok but I expected more. Greg Koch's over the top playing (and commentary) can get a bit annoying.
Also, they just don't cover enough amps for my taste. No tweed pro, no tweed super, not enough time on the bassman.
The CD's are broken into two CD's. Vintage and Modern.
When they are talking about vintage deluxes, Koch decides to demo and spend most time onthe '57 Tweed Deluxe REISSUE!!!!!!!!! This to me dropped them a star since that should have been placed on the modern CD.
I guess there is not enough time to cover everything but I wish he did more.
The idea of a short clip of every Fender amp model ever made played with a tele, strat and LP makes me salivate ;).
This CD was an attempt to do that but falls short IMHO. However, it's better than nothing.
This book is more of a chronicle of what was going on at Fender and how that determined how the amplifiers they made looked and sounded. Fender was really about the people involved. The stories about people make this book what it is. From the 1940's though the recent times, it's all here.
If you are looking for an analysis of the minute details of each amp and all the little variations thereof, this is not your book (yet almost every amp model ever made by Fender is discussed at some point). If you want to know about the Fender company and why they came to make the amplifiers that we know today, this book does that very well.
There are a few chapters in the beginning of the book to give you a understanding of the electronics that the amps use. These explanations are intended to bring non-techies up to speed so that some of the amp design discussions later in the book make more sense. Don't be concerned if you are not a tech person, these chapters will help you enough that you will get the gist of what is going on. More tech minded people will probably find these chapters disappointing.
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