Guitar History Books

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1. The Hofner Guitar: A History

A true classic, back in print with an updated section covering 1994 to today! This book celebrates the glory years of Hofner, the company made famous by the Beatles' bassist... more info
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Guitar Reference. Guitar reference. With Hardcover. 8x11 inches. 88 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00332774)

2. The Classical Guitar: Revised and Expanded Fifth Edition

We proudly present the fifth edition of Maurice J. Summerfield's highly acclaimed ultimate reference book on the classical guitar. This brand new book features all the original... more info
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Its Evolution, Players and Personalities Since 1800. General Book (not sheet music). 8.5x12 inches. 376 pages. Published by Ashley Mark Publishing Company. (HL.00330785)

3. The Complete History of Guitar World

For 30 years, Guitar World magazine has served as North America's leading publication for rock guitarists - and with more than 325 issues under its belt, the world's bestselling... more info
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30 Years of Music, Magic, and Six-String Mayhem. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 322 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00333043)

4. 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul

This exciting book documents the complete decade-by-decade story of one of the world's most important and influential electric guitars. The Gibson Les Paul turned 50 years... more info
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Half a Century of the Greatest Electric Guitars. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 160 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00330951)

5. The Gibson Electric Guitar 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... more info
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Seventy Years of Classic Guitars. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 160 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00331792)

6. 50 Years of Gretsch Electrics

Introduced in 1954 as one of Gretsch's Guitars of the Future, the White Falcon was an overwhelmingly impressive instrument. The influence of this spectacular new guitar spread... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 144 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00331258)

7. Taylor Guitars

This gorgeous, premium book tells the story of how Bob Taylor and Kurt Listug took a small San Diego guitar-building company and transformed it into an industry leader that... more info
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30 Years of a New American Classic. General Book (not sheet music). With Hardcover. 10x12.5 inches. 220 pages. Published by Ppv Medien. (HL.00331191)

8. The Ultimate Guitar Book

The Ultimate Guitar Book is a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated guide to guitars, from early acoustics to the latest electrics. No book has ever brought together so many... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). 9x11 inches. 192 pages. Published by Hal Leonard Corporation. (HL.00330373)

9. The Stratocaster Chronicles

The world's most famous guitar had a golden anniversary in 2004, and this official, authorized book/CD package offers the best photos, quotes, facts and sounds to properly... more info
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Celebrating 50 Years of the Fender Strat. General Book (not sheet music). With Hardcover with CD. 10x10 inches. 280 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00331056)

10. The Gibson L5

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... more info
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Guitar. With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 112 pages. Published by Centerstream Publications. (HL.00000216)

11. Jeff Beck - Crazy Fingers

The definitive, unauthorized biography of Jeff Beck! This well-researched, enlightening book positions Jeff Beck's astonishing achievements - like the pioneering of feedback... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). 6x9.25 inches. 262 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00330738)

12. Ampeg: The Story Behind the Sound

Ampeg: The Story Behind the Sound tells the tale of this extraordinary company on its 50th anniversary, weaving together the American success story of the company founder,... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 288 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00330289)

13. Gallagher, Marriott, Derringer & Trower

Rory Gallagher, Steve Marriott, Rick Derringer and Robin Trower are guitar legends. The glue behind legendary barn-busting, hard-touring outfits like Taste, The Small Faces,... more info
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Their Lives and Music. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 304 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00330766)

14. Acoustic Guitar

Foreword by C.F. Martin IV. This comprehensive guide explains how to buy and maintain the guitar that matches your needs. From its beginning in European classical music, through... more info
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The Composition, Construction, and Evolution of One of World's Most Beloved Instruments. Guitar Reference. Guitar reference. With Softcover. 5.75x8.5 inches. 396 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00331185)

15. Rickenbacker

This 256-page soft-cover book gives a complete and illustrated history of the development of Rickenbacker instruments from 1931 to the present. Rickenbacker is the only book... more info
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Reference. Reference book. With Softcover. 9x12 inches. 256 pages. Published by Centerstream Publications. (HL.00000098)

16. The Guild Guitar Book

Guild guitars have been around since the early 1950s, and by the beginning of the '60s, the company had established a solid reputation for its electric and acoustic archtops,... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 9.5x12 inches. 184 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00330502)

17. Roy Buchanan - American Axe

Roy Buchanan was a guitarist's guitarist who shunned fame for a musical odyssey on America's roadhouse circuit with his battered Telecaster - melding blues, country, jazz... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). 6x9.25 inches. 282 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00330775)

18. The Blues-Rock Masters

This book explores the secrets of nine players who have shaped the legacy of blues-rock guitar: Duane Allman, Roy Buchanan, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix,... more info
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The Way They Play. General Book (not sheet music). Contains tablature. With Softcover with CD. 8.5x11 inches. 96 pages. Published by Backbeat Books. (HL.00331011)

19. The Fender Stratocaster

This best-seller features everything about this American classic: its history, patents and schematics, pricing, and handy identification tips. Includes stunning new full-color... more info
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foreword by Eric Clapton. General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 9x12 inches. 72 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00330027)

20. Gretsch

This is the comprehensive, must-own owner's or collector's manual for any Gretsch fan. It uncovers the history of the guitars through 32 pages of color photos, hundreds of... more info
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The Guitars of the Fred Gretsch Co.. Guitar. With Softcover. 9x12 inches. 288 pages. Published by Centerstream Publications. (HL.00000142)

21. Charlie Christian - Second Edition

Charlie Christian is regarded by many jazz historians as one of the major voices who shaped modern jazz in the early 1940s. Although he made only a few records before his... more info
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Solo Flight - The Seminal Electric Guitarist. General Book (not sheet music). 8.25x11.75 inches. 194 pages. Published by Ashley Mark Publishing Company. (HL.00330937)

22. The Fender Telecaster

The Fender Telecaster is regarded as the first commercially successful solid body electric 'Spanish' guitar. Designed by Leo Fender at a time when the words rock and roll... more info
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Reference. Reference book. With Softcover. 9x12 inches. 80 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00183003)

23. The Beauty of the 'Burst

Finally, the long-awaited English edition of this historic Japanese book is here! The Beauty of the 'Burst pays tribute to Gibson's magnificent Sunburst Les Pauls made between... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 224 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.00330265)

24. Cowboy Guitars

Back in the good old days, all of America was infatuated with the singing cowboys of movies and radio. This huge interest led to the production of cowboy guitars. These were... more info
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General Book (not sheet music). With Softcover. 8.5x11 inches. 232 pages. Published by Centerstream Publications. (HL.00000281)
 
 
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