It's for good reason that Gibson is the most recognized name in the history of the guitar. From the 1920s to the present, Gibson and its flat-top guitars have become a slice of Americana. Whether the musicians you listen to have been from the South or from the North, urban or rural, white or African-American, old or young, it's likely that a Gibson was involved in creating the music. To artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, John Hiatt, Lightnin' Hopkins, Ian & Sylvia, the Everly Brothers, Alan Jackson, and Mance Lipscomb, Gibson makes the guitar that makes the music, in a variety of genres ranging from folk and blues and jazz to country and pop and rock. Through more than two hundred photos and detailed text, this book chronicles the development and evolution of Gibson's fabulous flat-tops, showing why these guitars have been the instruments of choice to so many great musicians, professional and amateur alike, over the last seventy years. Gibson's Fabulous Flat-Top Guitars explains why some many guitar players over the decades have felt that only a Gibson is good enough.
This colorful chronicle shows the entire development of an acoustic guitar reflecting 80 years of American culture. With 250 photos and in-depth text, this is the first thorough examination of Gibson's fabulous flat-tops and their unique impact on musical, social, and political history from the 1920s to the present.
(Book). First published in 2001 and now updated and expanded, History of the American Guitar begins in New York City in the 1830s with the arrival of Christian Martin, from Germany, to set up the Martin company. From that historic moment, the book takes readers on a fascinating and comprehensive visual tour of U.S. guitar history. Over 75 brand names are represented, with more than 300 guitars photographed in stunning detail, including Bigsby, Danelectro, D'Angelico, D'Aquisto, Ditson, Dobro, Dyer, Epiphone, Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, James Trussart, Kay, Maccaferri, Martin, Micro-Frets, Mosrite, Oahu, Ovation, Regal, Rickenbacker, Stella, Stromberg, Suhr, Taylor, Vega, Washburn, Wilkanowski, and many more. The interrelated stories of the guitar, mandolin, and banjo are mixed seamlessly with the history of the diverse American music that grew and prospered with these instruments, from country to blues, from jazz to rock. The bulk of the instruments illustrated were part of the celebrated collection of Scott Chinery, photographed before Chinery's untimely death and the subsequent break-up of his unique collection. The book presents every important episode in the story of the American luthier's art and is an unparalleled resource for every musician, collector, and music fan.
The Composition, Construction, and Evolution of One of World's Most Beloved Instruments
Author: Richard Johnston
Publisher: Hal Leonard
(Guitar Reference). Foreword by C.F. Martin IV. This comprehensive guide explains how to buy and maintain the guitar that matches your needs. From its beginning in European classical music, through American innovations like blues, jazz, country, and all the way to rock, pop and folk, the acoustic guitar's versatility is remarkable. This book covers all types of models with an emphasis placed on steel-string flattops, archtops and classical guitars. Topics covered include: How to tell the difference between a good sounding and bad sounding instrument; How much of the sound is determined by the wood; How to amplify and maintain its natural sound; How much money to spend in order to get an instrument that matches your level of playing; A color section illustrates historically significant instruments.
Gibson Guitars: Ted McCarty's Golden Era is a long overdue book that covers the world's greatest period of guitar manufacturing. As CEO of Gibson Guitars from 1948 to 1966, Ted McCarty presided over the production of nearly one million instruments and amplifiers. 1950s Gibson Les Paul Standards, Flying Vs, Explorers, and ES-335s are considered to be some of the most valuable fretted instruments in the world. This book is Ted McCarty's first and only complete biography, and a book that gives us a glimpse into a golden era of his factory and his loyal employees who made some of the world's most desirable guitars. It features over 100 photographs, some from Ted's personal archives and never before published. "Ted McCarty was the architect of a Golden period in Gibson's history. During his 18-year tenure, he helped to reestablish the company's historic leadership in the industry through a number of musical innovations that still resonate today." Gibson Chairman and CEO Henry E. Juszkiewicz
a guide to tonewoods : with a compilation of repair and construction techniques
Author: Tim Olsen
Publisher: Guild of Amer Luthiers
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
A collection of articles on woods for stringed instrument construction, and on the construction and repair of steel string guitars. Wood section includes intro to taxonomy, top 40 lutherie woods, resawing, and a bibliography of wood ID books. Steel string guitar section articles on D'Aquisto's archtop guitar design, Gallagher, Turner, and Klein guitars, inlay, side bending, binding, linings, bridge gluing, bracing, and more. Appendices include philosophy, reviews of 80 lutherie books, sources, lutherie schools and more.