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See also the main list, Books about Getting Guitar Sounds.

 

New Items to Add. 3

Gear Secrets of the Guitar Legends: How to Sound Like Your Favorite Players (book with CD) 3

Guitar Effects Pedals: The Practical Handbook. 3

Guitar Gear (A Guitar Player book) 3

Guitar Rigs: Classic Guitar and Amp Combinations. 3

The Electric Guitar Sourcebook: How to Find the Sounds You Like. 3

Introduction to Guitar Tone and Effects: A Manual for Getting the Sounds from Electric Guitars, Amplifiers, Effects Pedals and Processors. 3

Effects, not specific to guitar 3

A Poke in the Ear with a Sharp Stick, Vol. III - CD-ROM sound-effects library (non-guitar) 4

Audio Made Easy. 4

Creative Recording: Effects and Processors. 4

Digital Delays and How to Use Them.. 4

Digital Reverb. 4

Effective Effects (guitar oriented?) 4

Fuzz & Feedback: Classic Guitar Music of the '60s. 4

Getting the Most out of Home Recording, Level 2 - Signal processing. 4

Improving Your Signal Processing Skills. 5

Multieffects for Musicians. 5

Panning & Stereo Imaging. 5

Pedal Points and More Pedal Tones (tapes) 5

POD Player's Guide and Songbook: Get Great Guitar Tones and Play Classic Songs. 5

Shaping Your Sound with Equalizers, Compressors, and Gates - video. 5

Shaping Your Sound with Reverb and Delay - video. 5

Electronic Guitar Projects. 5

Digital Projects for Musicians. 5

Do-It-Yourself Projects for Guitarists. 6

Electronic Music and MIDI Projects. 6

Electronic Projects for Guitar 6

Electronic Projects for Musicians. 6

Guitar Gadgets. 6

The Digital Delay Line Handbook. 6

The Stompbox Cookbook. 6

Electronics of the Guitar Itself 7

A Guitar Maker's Manual 7

Basic Guitar Adjustments & Setups. 7

Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars, Fifth Edition. 7

Blue Book of Electric Guitars, Fifth Edition. 7

Complete Guitar Repair 7

Constructing a Solid Body Guitar 7

Customizing Your Electric Guitar 7

Do-it-Yourself Guitar Repair 7

Electric Guitar Handbook. 8

Electric Guitar Setups. 8

Guitar Electronics for Musicians. 8

Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology. 8

Make Your Own Electric Guitar 8

Making An Archtop Guitar 8

Making Musical Instruments. 8

The Guitar Player Repair Guide. 8

The Guitar Player Repair Guide: How to Set-Up, Maintain, and Repair Electrics and Acoustics 8

The Ultimate Guitar Tech. 8

The Ultimate Guitar Tuning Pack. 8

Audio Circuit Design and Electronics. 9

Active Filter Cookbook. 9

Analog Circuit Design: Art, Science & Personalities. 9

Audio & Hi-Fi Handbook, 2nd Ed. 9

Beginner's Guide to Reading Schematics, 2nd Ed. 9

Designing and Building Electronic Filters. See. 10

Digital Filter Designer's Handbook. 10

Encyclopedia of Electronic Circuits, Volume 4. 10

Encyclopedia of Electronics, 2nd Ed. 10

How to Test almost Everything Electronic, 3rd Ed. 10

Mastering Solid-State Amplifiers. 10

Newnes Electronic Circuits Pocket Book. 10

Operational Amplifiers. 10

Power Supplies, Switching Regulators, Inverters, and Converters, 2nd Ed. 10

The Electronic Musician's Dictionary. 10

The Modern Power Supply and Battery Charger Circuit Encyclopedia. 11

MIDI Design and Using MIDI 11

David Torn Pandoras Tool Box. 11

MIDI for Guitarists. 11

MIDI for Musicians. 11

MIDI for the Technophile. 11

MIDI Guitar: A Complete Applications Directory. 11

The MIDI Companion - The Complete Guide to Using MIDI 11

The MIDI Home Studio. 11

The MIDI Resource Book. 11

The Next MIDI Book. 12

Twiddly Bits: Volume Three -- Acoustic & Electric Guitar (IBM) 12

Playing Guitar, Composing for Guitar (just a few books) 12

Building Guitar Arrangements from the Ground Up. 12

Composing Music: A New Approach. 12

Rock Guitar Poster 12

The Billboard Book of Rock Arranging. 12

The Complete Guide to Guitar Notation. 12

The Complete Guitarist 12

The Guitar Handbook. 13

The Musician's Guide to Reading & Writing Music. 13

The Ultimate Rock Guitar Fake Book. 13

Music Book Dealers, Publishers, and Catalogs. 13

Newsgroup Postings about Guitar Books. 14

New Items to Add

Gear Secrets of the Guitar Legends: How to Sound Like Your Favorite Players (book with CD)

Pete Prown, Lisa Sharken. Paperback: 120 pages. Publisher: Backbeat Books; ; Book and CD edition (June 2003). ISBN: 087930751X. Amazon.

I have this. mh

Review updated July 30, 2006

Fake CD contradicts the spirit of the title

The book is superficial and somewhat disappointing; for example it is confusing and unhelpful in Van Halen's signal path. Dave Hunter's books are closer to what's needed. This book is ok to add to a collection, but not the first book to get.

The accompanying CD sounds bad. After gathering articles about genuine star guitar rigs, one editor poured his time and energy into making a so-called sample CD -- using an amp simulator. The CD tracks provide fake, incomplete, half-baked Tone at best. It misleads and misguides beginning guitarists to make them think that this non-range of non-Tone is worth recording. These tone samples are mediocre at best; instead, Dave Hunter's CDs with his good books set a proper standard.

Why would anyone ever choose to listen to this fake sound when they could easily put on a genuine, rich sounding record instead? It's misguided to use the opposite of Tone, to create a CD that is marketed as showcasing the goal amp sounds, including actual power tubes and bona fide speaker distortion, which are explained to some extent within the book.

What this CD ends up demonstrating is negative: why your tone is doomed to sound like a total uninspired amateur and poseur if you use an amp simulator rather than actual power tubes and hard-pushed guitar speaker. The CD perpetuates the divide between kids' gear and adult gear (per the Damage Control founders who broke off from Line 6 corporation). Actual cranked amps are essential to the qualifications of the guitar gods.

This sample CD could be a boon to amp tone, by steering people away from amp simulators, jolting some good sense into them to run out and get instead an actual miked-amp setup, such as a tube power amp and a guitar speaker, possibly in an isolation booth.

- mh

Guitar Effects Pedals: The Practical Handbook

by Dave Hunter
0879308060
July 2004

Guitar Gear (A Guitar Player book)

by John Brosh (Editor)

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0688031080/

May 1985

Guitar Rigs: Classic Guitar and Amp Combinations

by Dave Hunter
0879308516
April 2005

The Electric Guitar Sourcebook: How to Find the Sounds You Like

by Dave Hunter
0879308869
May 2006

Introduction to Guitar Tone and Effects: A Manual for Getting the Sounds from Electric Guitars, Amplifiers, Effects Pedals and Processors

by David M. Brewster

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0634060465/

Aug 2003

Effects, not specific to guitar

A Poke in the Ear with a Sharp Stick, Vol. III - CD-ROM sound-effects library (non-guitar)

Fried Tooth Fairy, Acid Waterfall, Charred Radio, Resonant Dog Meat, Alien Sinus Problem, Tiny Robot Hairball, Glass Rodents, and more. $200. See Music Books Plus.

Audio Made Easy

$13 at Mus. Friend. 60 pages. Chapters on mics, mixers, effects, amps, speakers, recorders, and more. How pro audio gear works and how to get the most out of it.

Creative Recording: Effects and Processors

Music Books Plus.

Digital Delays and How to Use Them

See Music Books Plus.

Digital Reverb

See Music Books Plus.

Effective Effects (guitar oriented?)

Mix online. Music Books Online. Tape with pamphlet?

Fuzz & Feedback: Classic Guitar Music of the '60s

Edited by: Tony Bacon - This book journeys through ten mesmerizing years that gave us legendary guitars, players, and music. From Folk-Rock to Surf to Psychedelic, from Jazz to Blues to Country, this book Explores all the musical happenings, plus stories and photos of such timeless pairings as: Jimi Hendrix and his upside down Strat, Clapton and his Psychedelic Gibson SG, Townshend and his lethal Rickenbacker, Atkins and his signature Gretsch, and dozens more. Studded with psychedelic posters, classic album covers, rare ads, and other '60s memorabilia, the book also provides a chronological narrative of world events to place the music in the context of the revolutionary spirit of the times. 88 pages, softbound...........$19.95 JK

This is not a gear book; it's a book about popular music. -mh

Getting the Most out of Home Recording, Level 2 - Signal processing

See Music Books Plus.

Improving Your Signal Processing Skills

See Music Books Plus.

Multieffects for Musicians

$16 at amazon.com. Feb 1995. Author: Craig Anderton Amazon

I think I read this and would like to scope it out again to see if it has anything of interest regarding guitar gear and amp tone. -mh

Panning & Stereo Imaging

See Music Books Plus.

Pedal Points and More Pedal Tones (tapes)

Page 133 GP 3/94 ad: 800 222 5544 Lessons On Line: 1198 - $3.50 per lesson, on tape. [These are probably about music theory, not fx gear. Guitar Player Nov 1993 page 130, Pedal Points article by John Duarte - a pedal point is a passage in which 1 note, usually the bass, persists, whether it remains part of the previling harmony or not. Common in guitar music, because you can use an open string as a pedal note.]
1198 - More Pedal Tones, Duarte/Carlton, Dec. '93.
1190 - Pedal Points, Duarte/Carlton, Nov. 1993.

POD Player's Guide and Songbook: Get Great Guitar Tones and Play Classic Songs

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Michael Ross. Learn how to get the most out of this popular tone tool. Authorized by POD manufacturer Line 6, this book features professional user tips, POD settings, and complete note-for-note tab transcriptions of 9 songs - "Day Tripper," "Killer Queen," "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Message in a Bottle," "Pride and Joy," "Smoke on the Water," "Start Me Up," "Sunshine of Your Love," and "Wonderful Tonight." With plenty of tips to help you create your own sound and easy to read diagrams. 88 pp. 49-695576 $12.95 Elderly. Amazon.

This is not a gear book; it's a songbook. -mh

Shaping Your Sound with Equalizers, Compressors, and Gates - video

See Music Books Plus.

Shaping Your Sound with Reverb and Delay - video

See Music Books Plus.

Electronic Guitar Projects

Digital Projects for Musicians

Jan 1995. $25 at Amazon. Authors: Craig Anderton, Bob Moses, Greg Bartlett, Steve Macatee - Bob Moses, a digital engineer at the Rane Corporation, showed his projects to his friend Greg Bartlett, an electrical engineer who had just left his engineering job to pursue his dreams as an electronic musician and studio owner. Steve Macatee, one of Rane's top CAD designers, joined the project and got to work laying out circuit boards and building prototypes. They created the general-purpose MIDItools computer, and the twenty projects described in this book. Bob and Greg got started in audio electronics by reading Craig Anderton's analog projects book, Electronic Projects for Musicians. See Music Books Plus. Amazon.

Do-It-Yourself Projects for Guitarists

35 Useful, Inexpensive Projects That Help You Unlock Your Instrument's Potential. Craig Anderton. $16 at Amazon.com. March 1995. Amazon.

Electronic Music and MIDI Projects

4/94. R. A. Penfold. $12.76. Amazon.


Electronic Projects for Guitar

R. A. Penfold. 2/1992. Low-cost, simple yet elegant plans for guitar effects. Electronics expert Penfold explains the purpose of each step of design. For the electronics professional and music amateur. Amazon.

Electronic Projects for Musicians

Craig Anderton. 1978. 300 pages. Analog circuits. How to build pre-amps, tone controls, ring modulators, mixers and other inexpensive electronic accessories. Illustrations, instructions, and a demonstration record. Available at Music Books Plus. Available at PAiA, and on the same page, they sell kits for each of the projects.

Guitar Gadgets

Music Sales, published 1983. Author: Craig Anderton

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I can't find this. -mh

The Digital Delay Line Handbook

Music Sales, published 1985, revised 1989. Author: Craig Anderton

The Stompbox Cookbook

Build Advanced Effects for Electric Guitar & Bass. By: Nicholas Boscorelli. Build these 38 advanced effects for electric guitar & bass: Soft-Knee Compressor with auto variable attack & decay, Dual Mode Sustainer, Six Unique Distortion Boxes, Quad Parametrics EQ, Six Unique Tremolos including variable waveform designs, Full-Featured Noise Gate, Stereo Vibrato, Studio-Grade Spot Compressor, and more. 259 pages, softbound, $29.95

Electronics of the Guitar Itself

Guitar Building page at the Guitar Bookstore

A Guitar Maker's Manual

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

Basic Guitar Adjustments & Setups

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

Blue Book of Acoustic Guitars, Fifth Edition

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

Blue Book of Electric Guitars, Fifth Edition

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

Complete Guitar Repair

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

Constructing a Solid Body Guitar

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

Customizing Your Electric Guitar

Adrian Legg. 64 pages. $14.95. Available at Music Books Plus.

Do-it-Yourself Guitar Repair

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

Electric Guitar Handbook

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

Electric Guitar Setups

Music Books Plus.

Guitar Electronics for Musicians

Donald Brosnac. $19.95. Amazon price: $15.96. Paperback. June 1995. 128 pages. available at Amazon.com Available at Music Books Plus.

Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

Make Your Own Electric Guitar

Melvyn Hiscock. 1987. Available at Amazon. Excellent book covering solidbody guitar construction. Thorough coverage to the three main styles of solidbody guitar construction (bolt on neck, glued in neck, and neck-through-body). After the introductory chapters, a guitar of each of these styles is built from start to finish in separate chapters. These serve as an example of the unique features of each of the three designs. Points out strengths and weaknesses in well known designs from the major manufacturers, to help the reader in the design phase. Covers the critical relationship between neck angle and bridge height more thoroughly than other books. It uses many terms from England; for example, "hire a router" means rent a router.

Making An Archtop Guitar

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

Making Musical Instruments

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

The Guitar Player Repair Guide

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair

The Guitar Player Repair Guide: How to Set-Up, Maintain, and Repair Electrics and Acoustics

Dan Erlewine. 1994. 22.95 available at Mojo Musical Supply. available at Amazon.com

The Ultimate Guitar Tech

Cesar Diaz. 60 min. $39.95 video. See musicbooksonline.com.

The Ultimate Guitar Tuning Pack

Music Books Plus: Guitar Repair


Audio Circuit Design and Electronics

Principles of Electron Tubes: Understanding & Designing Circuits - excellent, popular textbook from 1941.

The Tube Substitution Handbook. Howard Sams. 16.95 available at Mojo Musical Supply

World Tube Directory - available at Music Books Plus.

GE Essential Characteristics. $15.95. Available at Vibroworld. Concise presentation of all GE tubes listing basing, B+, filament, bias, etc.

RCA Tube Manual (Reprint of RC-19). $20 available at STF Electronics available at Mojo Musical Supply

The Audio Designer's Tube Register. Tom Mitchell (wrote How to Service Your Own Tube Amp). $17.95. See Music Books Plus. Detailed specifications and graphs on 14 of the most popular low power TRIODE tubes, such as 12AX7, 12AY7, etc. Reference book for builders and designers of tube amplifiers. Tom Mitchell's page for this book.

Audio Amplifier Projects. R. A. Penfold. $12.76 at Amazon. 10/1997. 128 pages. Available at Music Books Plus. All the projects can be constructed on simple circuit board. Each project features a circuit diagram, and an explanation of the circuit operation. There is a stripboard layout diagram and all constructional details are provided along with a shopping list of components. Projects: bass and treble tone controls, simple graphic equalizer, audio mixer, small audio power amp, 6 watt audio power amp, 20/32 watt power amplifier and power supply, dynamic noise limiter, audio limiter, loudness filter, loudness control, high impedance mic preamp, low impedance mic preamp, crystal mic preamp, tape preamplifier, scratch filter, rumble filter, RIAA preamplifier.

Audio Measurements. Norman Crowhurst. Famous compendium of measurements and test techniques for audio equipment of the tube era. Covers test instruments, amps, transformers, preamps, tape recorders, changers, tonearms, cartridges. 1996/1985. 224 pp. 5-1/2"x8-1/2". Softbound. Part # BKAA41. $12.95. Old Colony Sound Laboratory
PO Box 876
Peterborough, NH 03458

(603) 924-6371
custserv at audioXpress.com

Active Filter Cookbook

Music Books Plus.

Analog Circuit Design: Art, Science & Personalities

Music Books Plus.

Audio & Hi-Fi Handbook, 2nd Ed

Music Books Plus.

Beginner's Guide to Reading Schematics, 2nd Ed

Music Books Plus.

Designing and Building Electronic Filters. See

Music Books Plus.

Digital Filter Designer's Handbook

Music Books Plus.

Encyclopedia of Electronic Circuits, Volume 4

Music Books Plus.

Encyclopedia of Electronics, 2nd Ed

Music Books Plus.

How to Test almost Everything Electronic, 3rd Ed

Music Books Plus.

Mastering Solid-State Amplifiers

Music Books Plus.

Newnes Electronic Circuits Pocket Book

Music Books Plus.

Operational Amplifiers

Music Books Plus.

Power Supplies, Switching Regulators, Inverters, and Converters, 2nd Ed

Music Books Plus.

The Electronic Musician's Dictionary

Music Sales, published 1988. Author: Craig Anderton

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Subject: FS: Tube Manuals and How to Books
15 Nov 1998

Sam's 5 book set of Electronics and electricity, 50's, mostly tube lore, a learn at home school kinda thing from back when tubes were the thing, everything used them, and transistors were these funny new things on the market. Deep into theory, hands on, very comprehensive, goes into all the details, from very basics to advanced. $150

5 Old 40's cataloges and books from Thordarson, Centralab, Cornell, $30

Book, Elements Of Radio,Marcus and Horton,1948 $50

Book,Radio Engineering handbook,Henry, 1941, $50

Book, Basic Electronics, NavPers, 1955, $50

Book, Radio Data Book, Boyce and Roche, 1948, $50

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List of music electronics books at Music Books Plus.


The Modern Power Supply and Battery Charger Circuit Encyclopedia

Music Books Plus.

MIDI Design and Using MIDI

David Torn Pandoras Tool Box

Available at Music Books Plus.

Music Books Plus: MIDI books
Music Books Plus: Electronic Music: MIDI and Synthesis (includes guitar books)


MIDI for Guitarists

Available at Music Books Plus.

MIDI for Musicians

$14.50 at amazon.com. Author: Craig Anderton. 1986, Feb 1998. Classic. Music Books Plus. Amazon.

MIDI for the Technophile

Available at Music Books Plus.

MIDI Guitar: A Complete Applications Directory

Available at Music Books Plus.

The MIDI Companion - The Complete Guide to Using MIDI

See Music Books Plus.

The MIDI Home Studio

See Music Books Plus.

The MIDI Resource Book

MIDI spec and implementation. See Music Books Plus.

The Next MIDI Book

Advanced MIDI reference. See Music Books Plus.

Twiddly Bits: Volume Three -- Acoustic & Electric Guitar (IBM)

$34.95. IBM version at Music Books Plus. Mac version. Standard MIDI files. Gives you a vast collection of real-time recordings by established pros that you can cut and paste into your sequences. You'll get fills, flourishes, rhythm patterns, effects, licks and riffs that will bring life to your sequences, provide that human feel, and let you play any number of instruments and styles that you desire with immediate, professional sound. Hundreds of different files played on MIDI instruments by session pros such as Bill Bruford, Steve Hackett (Genesis), John "Rabbit" Bundrick (The Who, Bob Marley), and Scott Joss (Dwight Yoakam). The files are extremely easy to use and work with IBM, Mac, Atari ST and Amiga systems. Bebop, country, Latin, rock, orchestral or dance music. One 3.5" disk.

Playing Guitar, Composing for Guitar (just a few books)

There are hundreds of guitar playing books. This site is about gear and effects processing... it covers only the gear aspect of playing. Here are a few books that I feel are distinctive, good finds, and relevant to the spirit of this site.

Building Guitar Arrangements from the Ground Up

Music Books Plus.

Composing Music: A New Approach

William Russo. This is a workbook with composition exercises. An effective format for learning how to capture your rock ideas onto sheet music paper and develop ideas on the sheet paper. University of Chicago Press. 1983. 0-226-73216-9.

Rock Guitar Poster

See Music Books Plus.


The Billboard Book of Rock Arranging

How to make your band's music sound great - live and in the studio. Arranging in all rock styles. Using computers and MIDI systems. Mark Michaels.

The Complete Guide to Guitar Notation

Michael Wolfsohn. I bought this through Musicians Friend.

The Complete Guitarist

Richard Chapman. If I could have only one book covering music theory and guitar, this is the one. It has everything, covered to just the right level of detail. Nice visual color layout by the company that specializes in this highly accessible mode of presentation. Comparable to The Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer. See Music Books Plus.

The Guitar Handbook

Ralph Denyer. Available at Vibroworld. An overview of the guitar. As well as playing technique and theory, this book covers guitars and guitar design, playing and guitar maintenance. A good introduction to guitar playing and servicing.

The Musician's Guide to Reading & Writing Music

Dave Stewart.

The Ultimate Rock Guitar Fake Book

200 classic, rock hits. I bought this through Musicians Friend.

Music Book Dealers, Publishers, and Catalogs

books page at ampwares.com

guitar gear books at jklutherie.com

Gear books and projects

Music Books Plus - The largest online music bookstore and music book database. This has taken over the large Mix magazine's Bookshelf catalog of many music books. Books about gear, amps, recording techniques, effects, gear design, composition, music business, etc.

MixBooks - books published by Mix Magazine and Electronic Musician.

Mojo Tone has many of these books.

Power Press Publishing
P.O. Box 1777, Stn.B, London, Ontario, Canada N6A 5H9
tel:519-668-3132
fax: 519-660-8992

Guitar Bookstore - Listings of guitar related books that you can buy on-line via Amazon.

GuitarBooks.com - Provides reviews and links for purchasing guitar books and videos.

Mel Bay Publications, Inc

Miller Freeman Books - publishes music gear books.

amazon.com has some of these books.

Alfred Publishing Co., Inc

Blue Book Publications, Inc

Creative Concepts Publishing Corporation

Hal Leonard

Homespun Tapes

Miller Freeman Inc

New Millennium Guitar Publishing Company

Amazon subject: Amplifiers, Vacuum Tube

Amazon subject: Audio Amplifiers


Newsgroup Postings about Guitar Books

DejaNews query: "book" and "amp"

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DejaNews query: "book"

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