Most rock and pop guitarists begin their playing on an acoustic guitar, and the advent of MTV´s Unplugged and improvements in acoustic amplification mean this once poor relation has returned to centre stage - although, of course, the acoustic guitar has always reigned supreme in classical, flamenco, folk, delta blues and country music. Superbly illustrated and designed, the manual includes case studies of key models - from a Martin D28 to a Yamaha budget classic - and explains in detail how to set up, maintain and repair most popular types of acoustic guitar.
How to buy, maintain and set up the world´s most popular electric guitarLeo Fender launched the Stratocaster electric guitar in 1954 as an upgrade to his Telecaster. The Strat - streamlined, chrome-plated, efficient, fast and sexy - soon gained icon status. Today, while original models change hands for thousands of dollars, almost identical Stratocasters are mass-produced by Fender USA for sale worldwide. The Fender Stratocaster is still a low-maintenance good little runner and, with the help of this practical ´how to´ manual, should last a lifetime.
How to buy, maintain and set up the legendary Les Paul electric guitarIntroduced in 1952, the Gibson Les Paul has become the world´s second most popular electric guitar, favoured by legendary guitarists such as Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Neil Young, Jimmy Page and Slash. Designed by the great musician and innovator, Les Paul, with help from Gibson craftsmen, this guitar has constantly evolved and in 2007 an all-digital model was launched. Today, while original models change hands for thousands of pounds, almost identical Epiphone and Gibson models are mass-produced for sale worldwide. The Gibson Les Paul remains a classic instrument and, with the help of this practical ´how to´ manual, will last a lifetime