Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars: An Identification Guide for American Fretted Instruments

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(Book). You walk into a local vintage guitar shop. You see what you think is the exact vintage Gibson Les Paul guitar you've been looking for the past seven years. Is it really true? Have you actually found it? How can you know for sure? You don't have your dependable Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars updated and expanded edition with you because it's too big to carry around! And right when you most need it, too! You don't ever have to miss an opportunity like this again, because now, for the first time, Backbeat Books presents the unabridged

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Overview

(Book). You walk into a local vintage guitar shop. You see what you think is the exact vintage Gibson Les Paul guitar you've been looking for the past seven years. Is it really true? Have you actually found it? How can you know for sure? You don't have your dependable Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars updated and expanded edition with you because it's too big to carry around! And right when you most need it, too! You don't ever have to miss an opportunity like this again, because now, for the first time, Backbeat Books presents the unabridged Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars Pocket Edition . Made in the classic model of traditional pocket field guides, this book contains all the valuable up-to-date information found in the standard edition, but is designed to be the ultimate user-friendly collector's companion, easy to carry anywhere.
• Small size book that fits in your gig bag or pocket but is easy to read
• Contains all the same information that the full size edition has, including all photos
• Lightweight paper that's durable and reproduces the book's photos well and a textured, soft leatherette cover make this the perfect compliment to your full size "home" edition

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The market for vintage American guitars, basses, amplifiers, banjos, ukuleles, and other fretted instruments has exploded in the last decade. This updated and expanded second edition of Gruhn's Guide is more than double the size of its first edition (1992) and is superior in breadth, depth, and timeliness. The guide is organized by manufacturer and type of instrument. Every model is described in detail, with introduction date, body shape and size, woods, pickups (where applicable), bindings, inlays, and finish. All changes made from year to year are noted, ensuring the precise determination of model and originality. The book also provides serial number lists, identification charts, and over 100 photos of special features. While many books on individual instrument makers are available, this is the only guide that lists all makers and all their products while also offering comments about the collectibility of specific instruments. Highly recommended.--Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Provides information by which to key out the identity, date, and origin of nearly 3,000 vintage American fretted instruments. Instruments are organized by manufacturer, with an alphabetical index of models (again by manufacturer) provided at the end. B&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879309800
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 650
  • Sales rank: 366,333
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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