If the title alone isn't enough to pique your interest, then you've probably
never held one of the guitars discussed on these pages in your hands. Author
Tom Wheeler is a master at dissecting and explaining the history of the
electric guitar, and here he dives into the story by examining the people who
played these instruments as well as marketed and developed them.
There is so much to absorb here. Wheeler burrows beneath the surface of
every element of Fender's history by offering interviews, commentaries, and
his own take on why the instrument became such an iconic element of rock and
roll. Complementing the artfully written text are dozens of archival photos and
well as several page-pockets containing reproductions of seminal historical
artifacts--correspondence, in-house memos, price guides, spec sheets,
and even rough sketches.
Even if you're numbed by the history of things, you will love this Hal
Leonard book. It will engage you and delight you and make you want to run
out and buy a Stratocaster just as quickly as your legs will carry you to
your local music store.