The Serious Guitarist: Essential Book of Gear
A Comprehensive Guide to Guitars, Amps, and Effects for the Dedicated Guitarist
By Tobias Hurwitz
Item: 00-40650
UPC: 038081455471
ISBN 10: 0739094440
ISBN 13: 9780739094440
PRICE: $19.99
Series: The Serious Guitarist
Category: Guitar Reference
Format: Book & CD
Instrument: Guitar
The Serious Guitarist: Essential Book of Gear is an invaluable source for everything you need to know about guitar equipment. With tons of photographs and illustrations, real-world explanations on how to achieve signature tones in a variety of genres, helpful tips on gear maintenance, and an in-depth overview of the landmark innovations in guitars and guitar-related technology from the 1930s to the present, this comprehensive book provides all the tools you need to gain a rich understanding of the evolution of electric guitar gear. Apply this knowledge to your own rig to unlock a signature sound that will set you apart from the crowd. The included companion CD features demonstrations of the equipment and setups covered in the book.
About the Author
Part 1: The History of Guitar Gear
Half Roundwound and Quarter Roundwound
Ball End
Coated Strings
Other Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Rig
Physical and Virtual Effects
Cable Test
The First Electric Guitars
Part 4: Real Rigs and What They Can Do
Fender Precision Bass
Plywood in Electric Guitars
The Djent Sound
The First Amplifiers
Early 7-String Guitar
Early Talk Box
The 1940s
Single-Coil Pickups
Humbucking Pickups
Active Pickups
Handwound Pickups
Real Rigs
Small Rig
Medium Rig
The "Real" Rig
Other Phasers
Replacement Guitar Pickups: DiMarzio
The Locking Nut
The Compensated Nut
The Bridge
The Whammy Bar
Compressors and Limiters
How to Live in Peace with Your Double-Locking Trem
Marshall JTM 45: Beginning of the Marshall Stack
Scale Length
The Charlie Christian Sound
The 1970s
Talk Box
Phase Shifter
Number of Frets
Neck Profile
Tuning Pegs (Machine Heads)
Over the Top Madness
Setups of Legendary Players
The Eddie Van Halen Sound
Gibson Les Paul
Tremolo and Vibrato
The Origins of Fuzz
Tape Echo
Wood Setup for Gibson SG Standard
Wood Setup for Paul Reed Smith Custom 24
Wood Setup for Fender Stratocaster
Wood Setup for Carvin Custom 7-String
Gibson Flying V
More About Guitar-Building Materials
The Jimi Hendrix Sound
The Tom Morello Sound
The Michael Angelo Batio Sound
The Joe Satriani Sound
The Randy Rhoads Sound
The 1960s
Fuzz Boxes
Ring Modulation
Marshall Amps
The Truss Rod
Fretboard Radius
How Radius Affects Playability and Performance
Compound or Conical Fretboard Radius
The Myth of the First Electric Guitar
Leslie Rotating Speaker
Fender Stratocaster Setup
Gibson Les Paul Setup
Series and Parallel Pickup Wiring
The Blues Sound
The Country Sound
The Jazz Sound
"The Log" by Les Paul
Setups for Different Musical Styles
Double and Quad Guitars
The Combo Amp
The 1990s
Pro Tools
Amp Heads and Stacks
Basic Amp Features
Boutique Amps
Point-to-Point Wiring
MXR Phase 90
The Nut
Fender in the 1960s
The Wah-Wah
Conventional Scale Lengths
Fret Maintenance
Additional Reading
Fret Type and Size
Innovations in the Late 1960s
The Order of Effects
Tube Preamp
Understanding Guitar Amps
Tube Amps
Solid-State Amps
Tube Power Amp
Eventide H3000
Customizing Marshalls
Understanding Speaker Cabinets
Digitech Whammy Pedal
Parker Fly
Grunge Pedal
Speaker Cones
Innovations in the Late 1990s
Look, Ma, No Amp!
Power Amp Tubes
Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX II
Looking Ahead
Part 2: A Close Look at the Electric Guitar
Rectifiers and Rectifier Tubes
Signal Flow and Level
Locking Down a Trem (Blocking)
Part 3: The Technical Stuff
The Science of Sound
Innovations in the Late 1970s
The 1980s
Paul Reed Smith
How to Chain Amps Together
The 1970s Classic Rock Sound
Leo Fender
Coil Tapping and Splitting
The Funk Sound
The Heavy Metal Sound
The 1980s Hair Metal Sound
In and Out of Phase
Kill Switches
Tone Woods
The Transistor
The 1950s
Fender Broadcaster
2000 and Beyond
Open Back or Closed Back?
Bradshaw Switching System
Rockman X-100
Floyd Rose Tremolo System
Amplitude and Types of Waves
Overtones (Harmonics)
Understanding the Electric Guitar
Guitar Gear Levels
More About Effects Loops
Noise Reduction
Noise Is Everywhere
Types of String Windings
Scrubbing the Noise
Amp Modeling
Guitar Apps
8- and 9-String Guitars
Guitar-Based Video Games
Ohmage and Impedance
Inside a Vacuum Tube
Preamp Tubes