Gibson Electrics - The Classic Years

Gibson Electrics - The Classic Years

(Book). Since the inception of the first "electrical" guitars in the 1920s, no other manufacturer has produced a greater variety of professional quality models than Gibson. This book presents a documented account of the instruments released during a highly creative period from the 1930s up to the mid-60s, which saw the coming of age of the electric guitar. It describes all the models that have made history and contributed to establishing the reputation of Gibson. This edition features over 500 illustrations, including 100 in color, and previously unpublished material.

Gibson Electrics

The Classic Years : an Illustrated History from the Mid-'30s to the Mid-'60s

Gibson Electrics

(Book). Since the inception of the first "electrical" guitars in the 1920s, no other manufacturer has produced a greater variety of professional quality models than Gibson. This book presents a documented account of the instruments released during a highly creative period from the 1930s up to the mid-60s, which saw the coming of age of the electric guitar. It describes all the models that have made history and contributed to establishing the reputation of Gibson. This edition features over 500 illustrations, including 100 in color, and previously unpublished material.

The Gibson Electric Guitar Book

Seventy Years of Classic Guitars

The Gibson Electric Guitar Book

(Book). The Gibson Electric Guitar Book is a comprehensive, richly illustrated guide to Gibson electrics past and present. Starting with the ES-150 generally acknowledged as the first commercially successful electric guitar through the 335s, Les Pauls, SGs, Firebirds, and more, it is packed with facts, stories, and images that tell the story of Gibson's great guitars and their most famous and influential players.

The Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music

The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music, and Civil Rights

The Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music

Lonnie Johnson (1894–1970) was a virtuoso guitarist who influenced generations of musicians from Django Reinhardt to Eric Clapton to Bill Wyman and especially B. B. King. Born in New Orleans, he began playing violin and guitar in his father’s band at an early age. When most of his family was wiped out by the 1918 flu epidemic, he and his surviving brother moved to St. Louis, where he won a blues contest that included a recording contract. His career was launched. Johnson can be heard on many Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong records, including the latter’s famous “Savoy Blues” with the Hot Five. He is perhaps best known for his 12-string guitar solos and his ground-breaking recordings with the white guitarist Eddie Lang in the late 1920s. After World War II he began playing rhythm and blues and continued to record and tour until his death. This is the first full-length work on Johnson. Dean Alger answers many biographical mysteries, including how many members of Johnson’s large family were left after the epidemic. It also places Johnson and his musical contemporaries in the context of American race relations and argues for the importance of music in the fight for civil rights. Finally, Alger analyzes Johnson’s major recordings in terms of technique and style. Distribution of an accompanying music CD will be coordinated with the release of this book.

The Gibson L5

The Gibson L5

(Guitar). Introduced in 1922, the Gibson L5 is the precursor of the modern archtop guitar. It was the first archtop to feature f-holes, which allowed it to project through the horn-dominated bands of the day. Its strong, full, warm sound was an immediate and overwhelming success that turned the heads of makers, players and listeners alike. This book takes a look at its history and most famous players, from its creation, through the Norlin years, to its standing today as the world's most popular jazz guitar. With its stunning 16-page full-color photo section, this book is a must for every guitar enthusiast's collection! 8-1/2 x 11 .

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird

An Odd-Shaped History of Gibson's Weird Electric Guitars

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird

FLYING V EXPLORER FIREBIRD: AN ODD-SHAPTED HISTORY OF GIBSON'S WEIRD ELECTRIC GUITARS

The Ultimate Guitar Sourcebook

The Ultimate Guitar Sourcebook

A stunning visual guide to the guitar – with detailed profiles of everything from the legendary Martin flat-tops to Fender’s twelve-string electrics and everything in between. The Ultimate Guitar Sourcebook tells the full story of every major type of guitar. With a chapter devoted to each branch of the guitar family, Tony Bacon casts his expert eye over some of the world’s greatest guitars and the stars who have played them. Combining the history of the world’s most popular instrument with a unique geographical focus, The Ultimate Guitar Sourcebook gives a global picture of guitar making from the United States to the Far East and from Europe to Australia.

The Bass Book

The Bass Book

(Book). The Bass Book offers a complete illustrated history of bass guitars from Fender's first in the 1950s through the models of the next 40 years that formed the foundation for modern music. The bass guitar is undoubtedly one of the most significant instruments of this century, yet this book is the first to study its history. Features original interviews with bass makers past and present, dozens of unusual, specially commissioned color photos, and a reference section that provides a wealth of information on every major manufacturer.

Classic Electrics

A Visual History Of Great Guitars

Classic Electrics

Expert guitar historian Walter Carter provides a comprehensive pictorial history of the genuine classics to have emerged during the first 70 years of the electric guitar. The book's handy A-to-Z format details more than 350 models from 70+ manufacturers, richly illustrated in color throughout.

History of the American Guitar

1833 to the Present Day

History of the American Guitar

(Book). First published in 2001 and now updated and expanded, History of the American Guitar begins in New York City in the 1830s with the arrival of Christian Martin, from Germany, to set up the Martin company. From that historic moment, the book takes readers on a fascinating and comprehensive visual tour of U.S. guitar history. Over 75 brand names are represented, with more than 300 guitars photographed in stunning detail, including Bigsby, Danelectro, D'Angelico, D'Aquisto, Ditson, Dobro, Dyer, Epiphone, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, James Trussart, Kay, Maccaferri, Martin, Micro-Frets, Mosrite, Oahu, Ovation, Regal, Rickenbacker, Stella, Stromberg, Suhr, Taylor, Vega, Washburn, Wilkanowski, and many more. The interrelated stories of the guitar, mandolin, and banjo are mixed seamlessly with the history of the diverse American music that grew and prospered with these instruments, from country to blues, from jazz to rock. The bulk of the instruments illustrated were part of the celebrated collection of Scott Chinery, photographed before Chinery's untimely death and the subsequent break-up of his unique collection. The book presents every important episode in the story of the American luthier's art and is an unparalleled resource for every musician, collector, and music fan.