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The acoustic guitar
Freeth, Nick, 1956-
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Philadelphia : Courage Books, 1999.
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159 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
The guitar's European heritage. The guitar's origins ; The guitar, 1700-1900 -- Twentieth-century developments. Towards the modern guitar ; American archtops ; American flat-tops ; The gypsy guitar ; The resonator guitar ; The twentieth-century classical guitar -- Today and tomorrow. Towards the future.
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ML1015.G9 F73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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More than two hundred full-color photographs highlight a definitive account of the history and evolution of the acoustic guitar, discussing the makers and manufacturers of the instrument, the great players, and more.

Author Notes

Nick Freeth, who holds a degree in English Literature from St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, is a writer & radio producer with a lifelong interest in American culture & music. His previous publications include "The Acoustic Guitar" & "The Electric Guitar", both cowritten with Charles Alexander.


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Library Journal Review

The popularity of the acoustic guitar has soared in the 1990s, sparking (rather than being sparked by) the "unplugged" phenomenon in popular music. This new book is a celebration of the acoustic guitar and offers an in-depth history with more than 170 full-color photographs. It outlines the instrument's emergence and development from the 16th century to the present day and provides descriptions of a wide range of musical styles and types. Also included are profiles and interviews with some of the best-known names in contemporary guitar construction, including Bob Benedetto, Chris Martin, and Bob Taylor. The book has a broader scope than George Gruhn's Acoustic Guitars and Other Fretted Instruments (Miller Freeman, 1993) and provides more narrative. The authors have been in the music business for over 30 years. An excellent value; recommended for all libraries.¬ĎEric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence, RI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.