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The electric guitar
Freeth, Nick, 1956-
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Publication Information:
Philadelphia : Courage Books, [1999?]
Physical Description:
160 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
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ML1015.G9 F75 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
ML1015.G9 F75 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
ML1015.G9 F75 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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A comprehensive, authoritative, and visually dynamic compilation, THE ELECTRIC GUITAR traces the achievements of Leo Fender, Llyod Loar, and Les Paul, and examines developments in electric guitar technology, amplification, and electronic effects. Features more than 200 full-color photographs highlighting instruments and equipment from every period of the electric guitar's history.

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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Booklist Review

Freeth and Alexander present the history of rock 'n' roll's weapon of choice, the electric guitar, in dazzling style. Coverage is chronological, with special attention paid to the historically important guitar makers. It starts with George Breed's "apparatus for producing musical sounds by electricity" and proceeds to George Beauchamp's revolutionary design for the electrical pickup that made the electric guitar feasible. Think Bo Diddley's square guitar looked funny? "Frying pan" was the descriptive nickname of the "first mass-produced electric guitar, a Hawaiian model" incorporating Beauchamp's pickup. (Breed's forerunner, by the way, was neither plucked nor strummed; touching the strings to the frets produced the instrument's sound.) Accompanying the top-flight text are scads of fine pictures of many manifestations of the juice-driven plectral lute. The Jimmy Page Les Paul and Gibson B. B. King Lucille models grace one two-page spread, and other graphics are as gratifying, especially for guitar enthusiasts but even for casual fans who want to learn about their guitar gods' favorite axes. --Mike Tribby

Library Journal Review

Following up on their The Acoustic Guitar (LJ 2/15/99), Freeth and Alexander now turn their attention to that instrument's electrically amplified cousin. Here they trace the development of the electric guitar, from early experiments and patent applications to the latest designs of the 1990s and beyond. But the authors are concerned with more than just the historical development of one instrument; they tell the entire story of popular music in the second half of the 20th century. In less than 50 years, the electric guitar has become one of the key instruments of the genre. (By 1998, they note, well over one million new guitars were sold each year in the United States alone.) In telling this tale, the book traces the work of pioneers Leo Fender, Lloyd Loar, Les Paul, and Ted McCarty as well as the evolution of the guitar's design, from early, rudimentary prototypes to modern composite guitars. Well organized and illustrated with more than 200 full-color photographs (including fine vintage electrics as well as futuristic models for the 21st century), this book would complement any music collection. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.√ĄEric C. Shoaf, Brown Univ. Lib., Providence (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.