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