Guitar: A Complete Guide for the Playerby Dave Hunter (Contribution by), Dave Burrluck (Contribution by), Robert Benedetto (Contribution by), Tony Bacon (Contribution by)
A practical manual for the modern guitarist, Guitar: A Complete Guide contains one thousand shortcuts to help you play, understand and maintain your instruments. This is the most comprehensive manual for the guitar player ever produced. In clear, straightforward language and using specially devised schematics and photographs, it enables you to get the most from your instrument, to fast-track to fluency in all major styles of guitar music, and to develop an understanding of the true potential of any acoustic or electric guitar.
- Thunder Bay Press
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- 10.18(w) x 13.14(h) x 1.14(d)
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The book tries to be comprehensive, and in doing so they only go briefly through some of the topics. For the price, I certainly recommend it, but expect to find some areas that are "incomplete" and/or "inaccurate." For example, the section about modelling amps does not mention the zenTera, which is probably THE amp modeler by which others should be evaluated. While there is mention of Anderson guitars, there are MANY luthiers that should also be mentioned, and so far I haven't found any information in the book. The same applies to pedal makers. The effects section talks about "classic pedals" and the authors provide some history, but not much about current pedals. What about Teese, Foxrox, Banzai, Siegmund, Sweet, and MANY others? What about tube-driven pedals? I guess the depth of the sections is less than what I expected (still good, though). The authors have focused on popular brands for guitars, amps, and effects. This is fine, but it is NOT complete. Instead of reading about PRS and Line6 and seeing pictures of their products, I would have liked to see other current luthiers and companies featured. Also, Flamenco is NOT included in the different guitar styles. Is that "Complete"? For beginners, I highly recommend this book. The intermediate and advanced players will also find this a valuable source of information, although in some cases these players may actually know more than the authors. :) It deserves 3.5 stars, but given the vast amount of information included, along with the nice pictures, I will give it a 4.