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