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