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