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The Serious Guitarist -- Essential Book of Gear

A Comprehensive Guide to Guitars, Amps, and Effects for the Dedicated Guitarist

By Tobias Hurwitz

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A Comprehensive Guide to Guitars, Amps, and Effects for the Dedicated Guitarist. Composed by Tobias Hurwitz. Guitar Reference; Reference Textbooks. The Serious Guitarist. Book; CD. 128 pages. Alfred Music #00-40650. Published by Alfred Music (AP.40650).

Item Number: AP.40650

ISBN 0739094440. English.

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.

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