Gibson Guitars: 100 Years of an American Icon

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Gibson Guitars: 100 Years of an American Icon is the definitive book on the world's leading maker of stringed instruments as well as a breath-taking stroll through America's musical heritage.
  • Over 600 rare and lavish photographs, plans and nostalgia from the GIBSON archives and private collections
  • Hundreds of the most revered GIBSON instruments
  • A century of artists and their...
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Overview

Gibson Guitars: 100 Years of an American Icon is the definitive book on the world's leading maker of stringed instruments as well as a breath-taking stroll through America's musical heritage.
  • Over 600 rare and lavish photographs, plans and nostalgia from the GIBSON archives and private collections
  • Hundreds of the most revered GIBSON instruments
  • A century of artists and their instruments including from Les Paul to Jimmy Page and more
  • A close up look at the evolution of popular music from ragtime and big bands to blues and Rock & Roll
  • Researched and written by today's most prominent music writers and authorities on fretted instruments
  • An annotated bibliography of resources from tracing GIBSON guitar models and serial numbers

Created with the endorsement and full cooperation of GIBSON USA, Gibson Guitars: 100 Years of an American Icon was painstakingly compiled for the millions of guitar lovers everywhere and anyone interested in American music.

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Booknews
Since 1894, the Gibson name has been a driving force in the guitar industry, producing instruments renowned throughout the world. Seventy essays explore this phenomenon from background history on Orville Gibson and the birth of the music industry, through the creation of Gibson's early mandolins, to the company's present-day strength as one of the leading (if not the leading) manufacturer of guitars. Includes a look at the evolution of popular music from ragtime to rock & roll. Contains some 600 rare photographs, plans, and nostalgia from private collections and the Gibson archives. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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A collectively authored work, although Carter, one of the contributors, is inexplicably given full credit for authorship on the title page and in the jacket copy and CIP (perhaps he's the editor). The history of Gibson guitars and the famous people who have played them is documented with abundant photos accompanied by explanatory text and captions. A splashy, flashy-looking book for the guitar and rock music enthusiast; over-exuberant page design makes for poor readability in some sections (e.g. text on top of not-quite-faded- enough maps). Published by General Publishing Group, 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90403. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Mike Tribby
As Carter's subtitle says, the Gibson guitar is an American icon. From Maybelle Carter to Chuck Berry to Frank Zappa to Travis Tritt to Slash, American guitar heroes of all generations and musical styles have played Gibsons. Notable foreigners like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Keith Richards have also enjoyed long associations with Gibsons, and the Les Paul model, named after the proto-guitar god and popularizer of the electric version of the instrument, is for many aficionados the be-all and end-all of guitars. In this profusely illustrated, large-format book, Carter and several other well-known music writers recount the history of the Gibson company, from Orville H. Gibson's days in Kalamazoo, Michigan, through the boom years and subsequent dark years of uninterested corporate ownership, and on to the new day of the present ownership, which saved the company by renewing attention to quality workmanship and love of the product. Remarkably illustrated, wonderfully detailed, this is a fitting homage to the Gibson guitar, an important document in popular music history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972751001
  • Publisher: Gibson Guitar Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 9.02 (w) x 11.98 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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