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A Review of The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated Story of the Guitar That Changed Rock by Dave Hunter

 

The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated Story of the Guitar That Changed Rock

by Dave Hunter

Mr. Hunter has written a very complete book about one of the most iconic electric guitars ever made. He tells the complete history, explains many of the factors that have made a classic Les Paul such a prized electric guitar. He has short glimpses into the guitar players who have played Les Pauls in their careers. He includes lots of pictures. In fact the pictures rival the text, they tell such a complete story of the artists and their axes. He also includes album covers of the major works in which the artist used his Les Paul. He shows pictures of the custom Les Paul models that Gibson has issued honoring the guitarists that are famous for playing Les Paul guitars.

Mr. Hunter has included some technical details that will be very interesting to guitar players who would like customize their guitars. He talks about pickups, bridges, and various other technical details. He explains how different models of Les Pauls were built, what wood was used, and how they contributed to the sound and playability of the different models. He also has some blueprints and wiring diagrams that were used to build the early Les Pauls.

I give this book 5 Stars out of 5 and 2 Big Thumbs Up! I really enjoyed this book and think that anybody that ever wondered about the mystique of this popular guitar will enjoy it too.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.

Book Description

Release Date: June 15, 2014

The Gibson Les Paul is possibly the electric guitar most associated with rock ‘n’ roll. The result of a collaboration between Gibson’s Ted McCarty and jazz guitarist Les Paul in response to the success of Fender’s Telecaster, the Les Paul has gone on to become a prized instrument played by most of the greatest guitarists in rock history. This massive illustrated history of the guitar examines its prehistory and origins as well as its evolution in the 60-plus years since its 1952 introduction. In addition to the Standards and Customs that guitarists admire so much, author Dave Hunter also gives ample coverage to variations like Les Paul Juniors, Melody Makers, and SGs. To bring the music to life, there are profiles of players well known for using Les Pauls through the years, including Hubert Sumlin, Carl Perkins, Eric Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Peter Green, Paul Kossoff, Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Peter Frampton, Keith Richards, Bill F Gibbons, Bob Marley, Mick Ronson, Steve Jones, Johnny Thunders, Angus Young, and more. Illustrated throughout with studio photography of the guitars, candid and performance photography of the artists, and relevant memorabilia, this book is prefect for music lovers and guitar enthusiasts.

Product Details

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Voyageur Press (June 15, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0760345813
ISBN-13: 978-0760345813
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 3 pounds

About the Author

Dave Hunter is an author, musician, and journalist. He is the author of several popular books about guitars, amps, and effects, including Voyageur Press’s Star Guitars, The Fender Stratocaster, The Gibson Les Paul, and 365 Guitars, Amps & Effects You Must Play. A regular contributor to Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines, he resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The book description is from Amazon. The Gibson Les Paul: The Illustrated Story of the Guitar That Changed Rock

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A Review of The Guitar & Amp Sourcebook by Mike Abbot

Guitar and Amp SourcebookThe Guitar & Amp Sourcebook

by Mike Abbot

This is a great book about guitars and amps. It is a chronological listing from the middle ages to the present. Each chapter covers a stretch of time. The first chapter is the “Ancestry of the Guitar “. Chapter two covers the “Early 20th Century “. Then by chapter four, “The 1940’s”, each chapter covers a decade.

There are short descriptive paragraphs covering, what seems like, nearly every make and model of guitar and amp ever made, along with pictures of many of them. There are also “Battle of the Axes”. Which are comparisons of the characteristics and the pros and cons of two guitars, such as the “Battle” between the Fender Strat and the Gibson Les Paul on page 162-3. There are many artist’s pictures and short articles describing the contribution they made to a guitar design. There are also many ads and catalog excerpts, showing a historical perspective.

This would be a worthwhile addition to any guitar players library. I give this book 4 1/2 stars, because I would have liked to see a few more pictures.

I received this book for free from NetGalley, but I like it so much that I plan on purchasing a couple of copies for gifts.

Book Description

Publication Date: November 1, 2012

Did you know that John Lennon played an Epiphone Casino? Or that the guitarists of Sonic Youth and Wilco favored Fender Jazzmasters? Or that Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters so loved the Trini Lopez that Gibson created a signature model of it for him?

They’re the biggest and baddest axes in the world—and they’re all here! The Guitar & Amp Sourcebook is an illustrated history contains the most important guitars and amps—the ones that have rocked our world and changed history. You’ll get the skinny on the most popular models, the vintage pieces, and the rare beauties, as well as brand comparisons like Gibson vs Fender, recommendations for the best beginner equipment, and a listing of the guitars used by popular musicians.

Sprinkled with quotes from musicians on their personal favorites and advice from a pro about the best pieces, this is the book no guitar lover should be without.

Product Details

Paperback: 472 pages

Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (November 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1607105659

ISBN-13: 978-1607105657

Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches

Shipping Weight: 4 pounds

About the Author

Author Mike Abbott is a pro guitarist who has been performing, recording, and touring with bands for over 15 years. He has performed with the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis, Jr., Burt Bacharach, and Paul Schaffer from the David Letterman Show. He is also the editor and owner of a music website.

Product descriptions and author information was quoted from Amazon The Guitar & Amp Sourcebook

Review of Light and Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page by Brad Tolinski

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Light and Shade

Conversations with Jimmy Page

Brad Tolinski

This book is a joy to read for anyone that enjoys rock guitar whether as a player or a listener. A must read! This book goes way beyond anything that has been written about the reclusive Jimmy Page.

Brad Tolinski was able to get close to Jimmy Page and got him to talk about his music. This book has all the details that any musician or music lover could wish for. Page talks to Tolinski about guitars, tunings, chords, and amps. They talk about how Page was able to get a specific sound on an individual song. They discus the interplay between Bonham’s drums, Jones’ Bass, Page’s guitar, and Plant’s vocals and how they were able to all come to agreement on the roles that each would play in Led Zeppelin.

The book covers the time when page was a studio musician, before Led Zeppelin was formed, up to what Page is doing in 2012. The conversations with Page are interspersed with interviews with other musicians who have worked with Page, such as Jeff Beck, Chris Dreja, John Paul Jones, Jack White, and Paul Rogers.

I give this book 5 stars out of 5.

I was given an e-book version of Light and Shade for review purposes by Crown Publications and Net Galley.

Description

The “oral autobiography” of Jimmy Page, the intensely private, interview-averse lead guitarist and mastermind behind Led Zeppelin–one of the most enduring bands in rock history–and the most complete, in-his-own-words portrait of the guitarist ever published.

More than 30 years after disbanding in 1980, Led Zeppelin continues to be celebrated for its artistic achievements, broad musical influence, and commercial success. The band’s notorious exploits have been chronicled in bestselling books such as Stephen Davis’s Hammer of the Gods. Yet none of the individual members of the band has penned a memoir nor cooperated to any degree with the press or a biographer. Iconic guitarist and Led Zeppelin founder, Jimmy Page, is both the band’s most reticent member and the one who most fascinates Zep’s huge fan base. For the first time and in his own words, he opens up to journalist Brad Tolinski, exploring in-depth his remarkable life and musical journey.

Title Details

Crown Publishing Group

Crown Trade

Pub Date: Oct 23 2012

ISBN: 9780307985712

Price: 26.00

Currency: USD

Edition: Hardcover

Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

About the Author

Brad Tolinski has been the editor-in-chief of Guitar World, the world’s best-selling magazine for musicians, for more than two decades. He has interviewed and profiled most of popular music’s greatest guitarists, including Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Eddie Van Halen, Jack White and Jeff Beck. He is also the author of the deluxe-edition illustrated books Classic Hendrix: The Ultimate Hendrix Experience and The Faces: 1969–75.