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