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by Charles Alexander,Nick Freeth

Possibly the most comprehensive illustrated history of the guitar, this authoritative volume traces the instrument's evolution from the 16th century to the present. Illustrated with more than 400 original photographs, it outlines the achievements of electric guitar pioneers Leo Fender, Lloyd Loar, and Les Paul, and examines developments in technology, amplification, and effects. Renowned players and manufacturers of the acoustic guitar are also covered in depth.
Download The Guitar epub
ISBN: 0762413298
ISBN13: 978-0762413294
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Charles Alexander,Nick Freeth
Language: English
Publisher: Running Press (October 13, 2002)
Pages: 320 pages
ePUB size: 1698 kb
FB2 size: 1715 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 647
Other Formats: azw lrf docx lit

The Guitar is an amazing compendium of all things guitar. Innovators, makers, players, materials, oddities and all of the most loved designs throughout history are included in this lavishly illustrated over-sized, premium coffee table masterpiece. Every page includes gorgeous, full color photographs. For someone who cannot get enough about guitars and their history, this volume is a real treasure. The history begins in the 16th century and proceeds to include C.F. Martin, Orville Gibson, Lloyd Loar, the Dopyera brothers, and every other contributor leading up to current favorites like Gibson's Les Paul, and the Fender Strat-o-caster. It is the most complete collection of illustrations and photographs that I have encountered. I found myself jumping from page to page looking for personal favorites like the Gretsch Chet Atkins and White Falcon, Fender's Jaguar and Broadcaster, and classics like the Gibson ES-335. Ample coverage of acoustic guitars and their historical connections is included. The Guitar offers sublime examples of detailed inlay and other decorative enhancements.

In deference to the previous reviewer, if I had inadvertently purchased the same book under different titles, I'd probably be upset as well. This particular book is not inexpensive. However, realistically, over time many book titles change. A little time spent in pre-purchase research can go a long way toward insuring you don't end up with duplicate copies of the same book. This book, would be a treasure under any title. The book includes a wealth of lesser known information that I found especially intriguing. An example that comes to mind is what a minor contributor to Gibson's history Orville Gibson actually was. The real credit for Gibson's early success was due more to Lloyd Loar's amazing, forward-looking designs, than any contribution by Gibson. There are many such tasty little tid-bits included in The Guitar that I just loved. If there were six stars available, I would rate it so without hesitation. The Guitar is a book that you will read, and re-read, many times. Aside from the vast research involved with its narrative, The Guitar is nothing short of an amazingly illustrated journey that takes you from the earliest concepts of a hand-held stringed instrument to how, and why, certain designs became ageless, and a look at where future instruments may evolve. If you are a lover of guitars, you absolutely cannot be disappointed with this selection. I'm certain it will be one of your most treasured books, just as it has become for me.
The following are basically the same books but with different titles and author names:

A) The Illustrated Directory of Guitar: Edited by Ray Bonds. Same as C) + D) but in pocket size. Authors name are not mentioned. Exactly same as B) but with different title and author.

B) Illustrated Directory of Acoustic and Electric Guitars: By Nick Freeth & Charles Alexander. Exactly same as above A) but changed the title.

C) The Acoustic Guitar: By Nick Freeth & Charles Alexander

D) The Electric Guitar: By Nick Freeth & Charles Alexander

E) The Guitar: By Martin Taylor, Nick Freeth & Charles Alexander. Combined the above C) & D) but changed the title. On "Recently Review", Amazon shows Martin Taylor as author. Very confusing & misleading.

As a guitars collector, I collect guitar books too. Confused by this marketing strategy, I have bought duplicates of these books. Feel being cheated.

I heard Nick Freeth has a new book; "Classical Guitar" coming out next year. I hope it is not another duplication with different title. I will check the "Search Inside" on Amazon or read it at local book stores before purchase it.