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George Gruhn and Walter Carter

Gruhn's Guide To Vintage Guitars

You know that D'Angelicos did not come out of the shop with DiMarzio Super Distortion humbuckers, but when did Fender add a Presence knob to the Twin? How can the cutaway binding distinguish a Les Paul reissue from the real (and real valuable) McCoy? George Gruhn knows more about vintage guitars than anyone on earth, and after generously helping many an author write books on the subject (including me), he and his associate Walter Carter have finally written their own, and it's loaded with answers to these questions and hundreds more. This is not a pretty-pictures book; it's a pocket-sized encyclopedia presented mostly in outline form. It belongs not on your coffee table but in your glove compartment. Next time you come across something interesting at a pawnshop, whip this baby out. If it was made in America, you'll likely ascertain the instrument's manufacturer, model name, age, and originality

On every page, Gruhn's Guide [$19.95, GPI Books] reveals the sure hand of the one person who is not only an author (George has written for Guitar Player for many years) but also an authority on almost all American manufacturers of consequence. The combination of range and detail separates this book from all others. Chapters on major manufacturers run from the 6-page Guild serial numbers section up to the massive Gibson chapter, topping 100 pages. Company histories are brief but by no means rehashes of material found elsewhere. …

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