History of the American Guitar: 1833 to the Present Day (Paperback)

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History of the American Guitar: 1833 to the Present Day (Paperback)

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First published in 2001 and now updated and expanded, History of the American Guitar begins in New York City in the 1830s with the arrival of Christian Martin, from Germany, to set up the Martin company. From that historic moment, the book takes readers on a fascinating and comprehensive visual tour of U.S. guitar history. Over 75 brand names are represented, with more than 300 guitars photographed in stunning detail, including Bigsby, Danelectro, D'Angelico, D'Aquisto, Ditson, Dobro, Dyer, Epiphone, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, James Trussart, Kay, Maccaferri, Martin, Micro-Frets, Mosrite, Oahu, Ovation, Regal, Rickenbacker, Stella, Stromberg, Suhr, Taylor, Vega, Washburn, Wilkanowski, and many more. The interrelated stories of the guitar, mandolin, and banjo are mixed seamlessly with the history of the diverse American music that grew and prospered with these instruments, from country to blues, from jazz to rock.

The bulk of the instruments illustrated were part of the celebrated collection of Scott Chinery, photographed before Chinery's untimely death and the subsequent break-up of his unique collection. The book presents every important episode in the story of the American luthier's art and is an unparalleled resource for every musician, collector, and music fan.
Tony Bacon (Bristol, England) writes about music, musicians, and musical instruments., He is a co-founder of Backbeat UK and Jawbone Press. His many books include Million Dollar Les Paul, Rickenbacker Electric 12-String, The Stratocaster Guitar Book, and The Ultimate Guitar Book.
Product Details ISBN: 9781617130335
ISBN-10: 1617130338
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Publication Date: March 1st, 2012
Pages: 160
Language: English