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.
Digitech Whammy Pedal
The Combo Amp
MXR Phase 90
Other Phasers
Replacement Guitar Pickups: DiMarzio
The Charlie Christian Sound
Additional Reading
Fret Maintenance
Fret Type and Size
Number of Frets
Neck Profile
Guitar-Based Video Games
Open Back or Closed Back?
Innovations in the Late 1990s
Point-to-Point Wiring
Guitar Gear Levels
The First Electric Guitars
Innovations in the Late 1960s
How Radius Affects Playability and Performance
The Jimi Hendrix Sound
Power Amp Tubes
Part 2: A Close Look at the Electric Guitar
The Randy Rhoads Sound
Phase Shifter
Gibson Les Paul
Tremolo and Vibrato
The Origins of Fuzz
Series and Parallel Pickup Wiring
Coil Tapping and Splitting
In and Out of Phase
Medium Rig
The "Real" Rig
Setups for Different Musical Styles
The Blues Sound
Kill Switches
The Country Sound
Tape Echo
Double and Quad Guitars
Tuning Pegs (Machine Heads)
Paul Reed Smith
Bradshaw Switching System
Rockman X-100
Floyd Rose Tremolo System
The Whammy Bar
How to Live in Peace with Your Double-Locking Trem
Locking Down a Trem (Blocking)
Part 3: The Technical Stuff
The First Amplifiers
Early 7-String Guitar
Early Talk Box
The 1940s
Half Roundwound and Quarter Roundwound
Ball End
More About Effects Loops
Noise Reduction
"The Log" by Les Paul
Coated Strings
Noise Is Everywhere
Marshall JTM 45: Beginning of the Marshall Stack
Fender in the 1960s
The Wah-Wah
The Djent Sound
Over the Top Madness
Setups of Legendary Players
The Eddie Van Halen Sound
Wood Setup for Carvin Custom 7-String
More About Guitar-Building Materials
The Truss Rod
Fretboard Radius
Small Rig
Fender Precision Bass
Gibson Les Paul Setup
The 1980s
The Bridge
The Myth of the First Electric Guitar
Leslie Rotating Speaker
Single-Coil Pickups
Humbucking Pickups
Scrubbing the Noise
Other Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Rig
Physical and Virtual Effects
Leo Fender
Active Pickups
Gibson Flying V
The 1960s
Fuzz Boxes
Ring Modulation
Tone Woods
Plywood in Electric Guitars
Wood Setup for Gibson SG Standard
Wood Setup for Paul Reed Smith Custom 24
The Jazz Sound
The 1970s Classic Rock Sound
The Funk Sound
The Heavy Metal Sound
Marshall Amps
Wood Setup for Fender Stratocaster
The 1980s Hair Metal Sound
The Transistor
The 1950s
Fender Broadcaster
Handwound Pickups
Fender Stratocaster Setup
Cable Test
Part 4: Real Rigs and What They Can Do
Real Rigs
The Nut
The Locking Nut
The Compensated Nut
Compressors and Limiters
Innovations in the Late 1970s
The Science of Sound
Amplitude and Types of Waves
Overtones (Harmonics)
Tube Preamp
Tube Power Amp
Eventide H3000
Customizing Marshalls
The 1990s
Pro Tools
The Order of Effects
Understanding Guitar Amps
Tube Amps
Solid-State Amps
Parker Fly
Grunge Pedal
Amp Heads and Stacks
Basic Amp Features
Boutique Amps
2000 and Beyond
Amp Modeling
Guitar Apps
8- and 9-String Guitars
How to Chain Amps Together
Understanding Speaker Cabinets
Speaker Cones
Ohmage and Impedance
Inside a Vacuum Tube
Preamp Tubes
Look, Ma, No Amp!
Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX II
Looking Ahead
The Tom Morello Sound
The Michael Angelo Batio Sound
The Joe Satriani Sound
Compound or Conical Fretboard Radius
Scale Length
Conventional Scale Lengths
The 1970s
Talk Box
Rectifiers and Rectifier Tubes
Signal Flow and Level
About the Author
Part 1: The History of Guitar Gear
Understanding the Electric Guitar
Types of String Windings