The Electric Guitar: An Illustrated History

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A comprehensive, authoritative, and visually dynamic compilation, THE ELECTRIC GUITAR traces the achievements of Leo Fender, Llyod Loar, and Les Paul, and examines developments in electric guitar technology, amplification, and electronic effects. Features more than 200 full-color photographs highlighting instruments and equipment from every period of the electric guitar's history.

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A comprehensive, authoritative, and visually dynamic compilation, THE ELECTRIC GUITAR traces the achievements of Leo Fender, Llyod Loar, and Les Paul, and examines developments in electric guitar technology, amplification, and electronic effects. Features more than 200 full-color photographs highlighting instruments and equipment from every period of the electric guitar's history.

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Following up on their The Acoustic Guitar (LJ 2/15/99), Freeth and Alexander now turn their attention to that instrument's electrically amplified cousin. Here they trace the development of the electric guitar, from early experiments and patent applications to the latest designs of the 1990s and beyond. But the authors are concerned with more than just the historical development of one instrument; they tell the entire story of popular music in the second half of the 20th century. In less than 50 years, the electric guitar has become one of the key instruments of the genre. (By 1998, they note, well over one million new guitars were sold each year in the United States alone.) In telling this tale, the book traces the work of pioneers Leo Fender, Lloyd Loar, Les Paul, and Ted McCarty as well as the evolution of the guitar's design, from early, rudimentary prototypes to modern composite guitars. Well organized and illustrated with more than 200 full-color photographs (including fine vintage electrics as well as futuristic models for the 21st century), this book would complement any music collection. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Eric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780762405220
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/10/2000
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.64 (w) x 11.68 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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