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