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Book Review: Classic Electrics – A Visual History of Great Guitars by Walter Carter

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We’re nearing Holiday shopping time again and I’ve come across a perfect stocking stuffer gift for your favorite little rocker. Jawbone Press brings you Walter Carter’s Classic Electrics: A Visual History of Great Guitars – and it’s sure to please the gearhead axe-grinder in your life… or perhaps that’s you!

From Bruce Springsteen’s Telecaster to Brian May’s signature Guild and from Eddie Cochran’s Gretsch 6120 to Strawberry Alarm Clock’s custom-made green skateboard cutout Mosrite (yeah, you have to see it to believe it!), Classic Electrics is pure eye-candy for electric guitar geeks. There are over 350 guitars represented in the book and they all have brilliant photos and informative text, and some with period brochure reproductions and promotional shots. Perfect coffee table fodder and rock conversation starter.

Want to know the difference between the Fender Broadcaster and the Fender Esquire, two guitars that put Fender on the rock roadmap?  Or perhaps you’re curious what makes a Gibson Les Paul Deluxe so deluxe.  Or maybe you’d be interested to know who was playing Flying V’s before many of the '80s metal bands members were even born.  Well, this book if filled with that kind of trivia.

There is almost an equal amount of solid-body vs. hollow-body guitars represented here, so you’ll get to see and read about the solid-body Hofner Galaxie from the '60s, which replaced all conventional knobs with roller controls and switches, as well as John Lennon’s original hollow-body Rickenbacker, which you’d learn had neither a f-hole nor a “slash” hole since he bought it when the Beatles were playing in Hamburg, Germany.

Walter Carter has certainly done his homework in gathering all the engrossing information and superb pictures of every one of the guitars represented in the book, and Jawbone Press has put together a beautifully well-designed package for it. Classic Electrics: A Visual History of Great Guitars is a no-brainer gift for the guitar lover in your life… and everyone has at least one of those, don’t they?

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