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The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook
A Definitive Guide to Creating and Recording Great Guitar Sounds
By Bobby Owsinski and Rich Tozzoli
Item: 00-36620
UPC: 038081405155
ISBN 10: 0739075357
ISBN 13: 9780739075357
PRICE: $39.99
Category: Guitar Reference
Format: Book & DVD
Instrument: Guitar
For all guitarists, the quest to finding the guitar tone you hear in your head and then recording it is a never-ending journey. The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook is your definitive guide to discovering that great, elusive guitar sound and making sure it's recorded well. This book features a series of interviews with expert players, guitar technicians, recording engineers, record producers, and gear manufacturers to give you an inside look into the business of guitar tone. The included DVD provides both audio and visual reference points to help you achieve the classic sounds you hear on records.
"The Ultimate Guitar Tone Handbook offers quality information that will serve as a solid base for development of any guitar player or guitar recording artist’s imagination."
- Mateus Tebaldi, MusicGearReview.com

TITLE COMPOSER
The 1940s: The Instrument Evolves
The 1950s: Breakthrough Developments
The 1960s: Amps and Distortion
The Importance of Well-Maintained Equipment
Laying In with the Rhythm Section
Common Guitar Production Techniques
The 1970s: Big Amps and Boutiques
Doubling
Layering Guitars
Battle of the Guitar Tracks
Clean Guitars
The 1980s: Mass Production, Improved Effects
The 1990s: Wireless Goes Mainstream, Amp Modelers Debut
The 2000s: Modelers, Reissues Recreate the Classics
Pickups
Types of Pickups
Factors Affecting Pickup Sound
Intangible Factors
CHAPTER 3: TONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF AN ELECTRIC GUITAR
Reamping
Guitars in the Mix
Compression
Equalization
The Guitar Body
The Wood
The Finish
Cable Length
Strand Interaction
Conductor Size
Shielding
Construction Methods
Strings
The Guitar Pick
Cables
Capacitance
Conductor Material
Speaker Cabinets
Types of Speaker Cabinets
Cabinet Components
Cabinet Size
Construction Materials
FOREWARD
CHAPTER 6: ELECTRIC GUITAR MIKING TECHNIQUES
Microphone Technique 101
Choosing the Best Place in the Room
Choosing the Right Mic
Vintage Versus Modern
CHAPTER 1: WHAT IS TONE?
Studio Ears
It's All in the Fingers
Electric Guitar Miking Set-Ups
Single-Mic Techniques
Two-Mic Techniques
Three-Mic Techniques
Evaluating a Guitar
CHAPTER 4: TONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF GUITAR AMPLIFIERS
Tube Amplifiers
Tubes
Three Ways to Tweak your Tube Amp
Bad Signs
Why Do Vintage Amps Sound So Good?
Solid-State Amplifiers
Sonic Attributes
Hybrid Amps
Boutique Amplifiers
CHAPTER 5: SPEAKERS AND CABINETS
Manufacturing Inconsistencies
Cabinet Buzzes
Speakers
Speaker Parameters
Speaker Manufacturers
Other Factors in the Search for Tone
More Complex Techniques
The Room
The Microphone
Change Your Tone
Tone Killers
Recording Direct
Using a DI
Recording Through an Effects Box
Recording
Distortion
The Signal Path
Other Types of Pickups
Amplifier Modeling
PART ONE: ELECTRIC GUITARS AND AMPLIFIERS
Mic Placement
Neck Attachment
The Fretboard
Hardware
The Bridge
The Tailpiece
The Neck
Studio Effects
Tube Amp Circuitry
Recording Levels
CHAPTER 7: ELECTRIC GUITAR PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES
Production from a Player's Perspective
The Reason for Tone Controls
Effects Pedals
CHAPTER 2: THE EVOLUTION OF THE ELECTRIC GUITAR AND AMPLIFIER
The 1890s: Development of Steel Strings
The 1930s: Picks and Pickups
The 1930s: Birth of the Electric
Using a Variety of Guitars and Amplifiers