Electric Guitars and Basses

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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.

The electric guitar has not only dominated pop music for 40 years, it has become a great symbol of pop culture. Now, the authors of the popular Acoustic Guitars present more than 500 color photographs and a detailed text that traces the development of the American electric ...

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Overview

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.

The electric guitar has not only dominated pop music for 40 years, it has become a great symbol of pop culture. Now, the authors of the popular Acoustic Guitars present more than 500 color photographs and a detailed text that traces the development of the American electric guitar from 1935 to today.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879309749
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 977,865
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2010 Edition 1

Introduction to the 1994 Edition 3

PART ONE ELECTRIC ROOTS: 1928 TO WORLD WAR II 5

1 Hawaiians

Rickenbacker 8

National 14

Gibson 20

Fender 32

Other Makers 36

2 Spanish-Necks

Hollowbodies 44

Vivi-Tone 58

Solidbodies 62

PART TWO BRANCHES OF THE ELECTRIC FAMILY: 1947 TO TODAY 67

3 Full-Depth Hollowbodies

Gibson 68

Epiphone 84

Gretsch 92

Other Makers 108

4 Solidbodies

Fender 118

Fender Basses 134

Fender Colors 140

Gibson 152

Gretsch 176

Rickenbacker 186

Other Makers 192

5 Thinbodies

Gibson 212

Epiphone 226

Rickenbacker 232

Other Makers 240

Afterword 252

Bibliography 254

Recommended Reading 256

Index 258

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