Guitar Heaven: The Most Famous Guitars to Electrify Our World

Guitar Heaven: The Most Famous Guitars to Electrify Our World

by Neville Marten
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Guitar Heaven: The Most Famous Guitars to Electrify Our World by Neville Marten

In this captivating guide to the greatest electric guitars of all time, guitar expert Neville Marten selects the most seminal instruments, from Ampeg to Zemaitis, and reveals why each is musically and historically significant. Each guitar is presented with beautiful, evocative images and shown in the hands of an iconic musician to illustrate how, through combining the skill of the player and the instrument maker, an inanimate object of wood and metal can be transformed into one of the world's most expressive tools of communication.

The instruments showcased in Guitar Heaven have left an indelible impression on popular music, both in terms of sound and visual impact. This fascinating gallery shows the instrument not as the two-dimensional object so often depicted in most guitar books, but as a vibrant, epoch-changing icon of the twentieth century—and into the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061699191
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/12/2009
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,316,976
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Neville Marten was a guitar repairer for Gibson and Fender's UK operations during the 1970s and 1980s, working on a host of valuable and rare guitars, including Hendrix's "Woodstock" Stratocaster. As current editor of Guitar Techniques magazine and former editor of Guitarist, he has met and interviewed dozens of legendary guitarists, from Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler to Brian May and George Harrison. He plays guitar in British rock and roller Marty Wilde's Wildcats, a position he has enjoyed since 1983.

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Guitar Heaven: The Most Famous Guitars to Electrify Our World 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for the photographs of the classic guitars and the related artists playing them. Great pictures but as I read along, there are a lot of mistakes. I don't know if they are typos or just wrong from the start. It shouldn't bother anyone as much as it bugs me but here are three examples: Perry Farrell is identified as PENNY Farrell, the song Shiny Happy People is referred to as SMILEY Happy People, Pete Buck is noted as "rarely seen without his 360-12" (actually it is a 6 string 360). There are a couple other miscues but those three come to mind. Also, Neville Marten seems to not be a fan of Epiphone. Especially the Riviera model. He has plenty of bad things to say about it, from it's looks to poor sales but he doesn't have a picture of it, nor of anyone playing one. So why bring it up? I give it 3 stars for the nice photos. Then, I only paid $1 for the book at Goodwill.
Happilybuff More than 1 year ago
Husband (guitarist) loves it.
Tampared More than 1 year ago
Whether you're a musician, a guitar aficionado or just someone that loves rock and roll, this is a fun read. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is its focus on the history of the electric guitar in British rock music.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
For those with a little age and a love of music and instruments this is a super book by N. Martin. There Are A Lot of I didn't know That' in this publication
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a fascinating history of the electric guitar--all types, shapes, sizes...Features all the great rock, blues, and country artists and their favorite instruments, and the history of the instrument. I don't play guitar but found it to be a delightful read. Great coffee table book.