Legendary Guitarists and Their Guitars
Dom Kiris
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Legendary Guitarists and Their Guitars
Dom Kiris
Aurum Press
128 pages
December 2010
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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There are several of these types of books out there: pictorial offerings about guitar players and the guitars they made famous - or the guitars that made them famous (though the latter assumption is ridiculous) - including the recently-reviewed title Stars & Guitars (the author of that one stole my Pete Townshend quote, so if you're looking for this sort of book, I recommend you buy Legendary Guitarists).

The author states his mission in the intro:

"This book is much more than a catalog of beautiful guitars: its mission is to describe the links that each instrument had with the artists who made them cult objects."
To that end, the book is broken up into guitar chapters including Gretsch, Guild, Ibanez, Martin, Gibson, Fender, Ovation, and others. Each chapter is further sub-divided into a few paragraphs on the particular instrument followed by Definitive Tracks (a brief listing of songs featuring that particular guitar) and Trade Secrets (a brief history of the instrument).

There are some wonderful photos of vintage guitars here, including some beautiful old Gibsons and Fenders. There is also a small chapter on amplifiers (Fender Twin Reverb, Vox AC30, and Marshall JMC800) and a chapter on effects (Big Muff, Uni-Vibe, Wah-wah, Fuzz-Tone, and Tube Screamer).

Most of the material here has already been well-covered, but it's always fun looking at pictures of guitars and the masters who play them.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2011

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