Great Guitars
by Robert Shaw

A celebration of the popular musical instrument that brings us classical music, jazz, blues, country, and rock-and-roll.

The guitar is one of the most beloved of all instruments. It is a melodious, portable, and highly personal instrument, whether it be acoustic or electric. Great Guitars selects more than 50 of the best: historic European guitars; Spanish guitars; American acoustic guitars; archtops and jazz guitars; and electric guitars. Color photos let you take a close look at prototypes for the most popular guitars, unique and hand-carved instruments, and identify the musicians who used them. Among the most important manufacturers and luthiers included are: Fender, Larson Brothers, Ovation, Gretsch, Paul Reed Smith, D'Angelico, D'Acquisto, Ken Parker, Linda Manzur, and William "Grit" Laskin.

Great Guitars is an attractive and informative resource for both music lovers and collectors. Shaw chronicles the history of the guitar, from its fifteenth-century beginnings, to the refinements that gave it worldwide popularity, to its special role in shaping many forms of American music. Above all, his study highlights a variety of historic and contemporary guitar masterpieces, each one part of a still-evolving musical tale.

9 x 12 in., 128 pages
ISBN: 0-88363-397-3
$35.00 U.S., $50.00 Canada

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