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