Electric Guitars and Basses

Electric Guitars and Basses

by Walter Carter, George Gruhn
     
 
(Book). Electric Guitars and Basses tells the story in full color of one of the most influential forces on American culture in the 20th century the electric guitar. From the earliest "lap steels" that reshaped the sound of Hawaiian music, through the "Spanish-neck" models that created a new voice in the jazz world and powered the early rock and rollers, and on to the

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(Book). Electric Guitars and Basses tells the story in full color of one of the most influential forces on American culture in the 20th century the electric guitar. From the earliest "lap steels" that reshaped the sound of Hawaiian music, through the "Spanish-neck" models that created a new voice in the jazz world and powered the early rock and rollers, and on to the solidbody models that shattered conventional ideas of guitar design and guitar music, all of the classic and historically important models are displayed and discussed by guitar experts George Gruhn and Walter Carter. This new edition features an additional 16 pages of important instruments and newly discovered information.

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Library Journal
Vintage guitar experts Gruhn and Carter (Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars, Miller Freeman, 1991) take readers on a spectacular photographic journey, with more than 500 full-color photos depicting the entire evolution of the American electric guitar from its birth in 1935 to the present. Starting with the guitar's electric roots, Part 1 depicts the unique Hawaiian and "Spanish neck" electric models, first developed between 1932 and World War II. Part 2 traces the electric family's growth from 1947 to the 1990s, with the development of the full-depth hollowbody, solidbody, and thinline models. The color photographs are accompanied by descriptive text and detailed captions that identify and date each instrument and describe its technical, aesthetic, and historical significance. Both parts provide historical overviews of the electric guitars of the period followed by in-depth discussions of each manufacturer. Highly recommended for music libraries and research libraries as well as larger public libraries.-Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, R.I.
School Library Journal
YA-Over 500 excellent-quality, full-color photographs of electric guitars and basses make this companion piece to Acoustic Guitars and Other Fretted Instruments (1993) an absolute stunner. Chronologically arranged, the beautifully focused portraits are accompanied by a brief description of each instrument, its unique features, and its history. The first section, ``Electric Roots: 1932 to World War II,'' includes the Hawaiians and Spanish-necks, and is followed by ``Branches of the Electric Family, 1947 to the 1990s,'' featuring full-depth hollowbodies, solidbodies, and thinbodies. Photographers, artists, and music fans will find this book hard to put down.-Pat Royal, Crossland High School, Camp Springs, MD
Booknews
Some 500 color photos depict the evolution of the American electric guitar from its birth in 1935 to the present, from the Rickenbacker Frying Pan to the Fender Telecaster. Descriptive text by vintage guitar experts Gruhn and Carter identifies and dates each guitar pictured and describes its technical, aesthetic, and historical significance in the development of the electric guitar. The authors also reveal the inner business workings of the key guitar-making companies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879309749
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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