$19.99
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.
TITLE COMPOSER
The Tom Morello Sound
The Michael Angelo Batio Sound
The Joe Satriani Sound
The Randy Rhoads Sound
Compression
Fender in the 1960s
The Wah-Wah
Innovations in the Late 1960s
Fretboard Radius
How Radius Affects Playability and Performance
Compound or Conical Fretboard Radius
Scale Length
Marshall JTM 45: Beginning of the Marshall Stack
The Truss Rod
The Jimi Hendrix Sound
Rockman X-100
The Science of Sound
Other Phasers
Neck Profile
Eventide H3000
The Order of Effects
Morley
Replacement Guitar Pickups: DiMarzio
Roland
Compressors and Limiters
Tuning Pegs (Machine Heads)
The Nut
The Locking Nut
The Compensated Nut
The Bridge
Ibanez
"The Log" by Les Paul
Pickups
Part 4: Real Rigs and What They Can Do
The Jazz Sound
Gibson Les Paul
In and Out of Phase
Gibson Flying V
Wood Setup for Gibson SG Standard
The Djent Sound
Conclusion
Additional Reading
Mesa/Boogie
Talk Box
Phase Shifter
MXR Phase 90
Frets
Fret Maintenance
Fret Type and Size
Number of Frets
The Myth of the First Electric Guitar
Leslie Rotating Speaker
Flanging
Leo Fender
Single-Coil Pickups
Humbucking Pickups
Active Pickups
Handwound Pickups
Real Rigs
Small Rig
Medium Rig
Noise Reduction
Part 1: The History of Guitar Gear
Half Roundwound and Quarter Roundwound
Materials
Ball End
Noise Is Everywhere
Scrubbing the Noise
Other Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Rig
Physical and Virtual Effects
Coated Strings
Early Talk Box
The 1940s
Cabling
Cable Test
The1930s
The First Electric Guitars
The First Amplifiers
Early 7-String Guitar
The 1960s
Fuzz Boxes
Ring Modulation
Marshall Amps
Wood Setup for Paul Reed Smith Custom 24
Wood Setup for Fender Stratocaster
Wood Setup for Carvin Custom 7-String
More About Guitar-Building Materials
Over the Top Madness
Setups of Legendary Players
The Eddie Van Halen Sound
The Charlie Christian Sound
The 1970s
Conventional Scale Lengths
Understanding Guitar Amps
Tube Amps
Solid-State Amps
Customizing Marshalls
Double and Quad Guitars
SansAmp
The 1990s
The Combo Amp
Amp Heads and Stacks
Basic Amp Features
Boutique Amps
Pro Tools
Matchless
Digitech Whammy Pedal
Grunge Pedal
Sovtek
Innovations in the Late 1990s
2000 and Beyond
How to Chain Amps Together
Understanding Speaker Cabinets
Cabinets
Speaker Cones
Ohmage and Impedance
Tubes
Inside a Vacuum Tube
Preamp Tubes
Guitar Apps
8- and 9-String Guitars
Guitar-Based Video Games
Look, Ma, No Amp!
Looking Ahead
Part 2: A Close Look at the Electric Guitar
Understanding the Electric Guitar
Biasing
Rectifiers and Rectifier Tubes
Signal Flow and Level
Strings
Flow
About the Author
Introduction
Gauge
Types of String Windings
Roundwound
Flatwound
Guitar Gear Levels
More About Effects Loops
Noise
The Transistor
Electronics
The "Real" Rig
Fender Stratocaster Setup
Gibson Les Paul Setup
Series and Parallel Pickup Wiring
Coil Tapping and Splitting
Setups for Different Musical Styles
The Blues Sound
The Country Sound
The 1950s
Fender Broadcaster
Fender Precision Bass
The 1970s Classic Rock Sound
The Funk Sound
The Heavy Metal Sound
The 1980s Hair Metal Sound
Tremolo and Vibrato
The Origins of Fuzz
Tape Echo
Kill Switches
Tone Woods
Plywood in Electric Guitars
Tube Power Amp
Floyd Rose Tremolo System
MIDI
Tube Preamp
Vibrations
Amplitude and Types of Waves
Overtones (Harmonics)
Modulation
Parker Fly
Point-to-Point Wiring
The Whammy Bar
How to Live in Peace with Your Double-Locking Trem
Locking Down a Trem (Blocking)
Part 3: The Technical Stuff
Innovations in the Late 1970s
The 1980s
Paul Reed Smith
Bradshaw Switching System
Amp Modeling
Open Back or Closed Back?
Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX II
Power Amp Tubes