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