Frequently Asked Questions
About Acoustic Guitar
What Books/Magazines Should I Read?
Here is a listing
of periodicals that, in addition to advertisements for every guitar
product known to man, also contain interesting articles pertaining to
guitars, performers, music theory, etc... And they ALL thrive on
publishing tablature of songs by popular guitarists.
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
is written for beginners and professionals alike.
Workshops, sheet music, reviews and expert advice.
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These books vary
widely in topic, but are all invaluable resources for every acoustic
Acoustic Guitar Guide
1991, "a cappella books, inc"
Everything you need to know
to buy and maintain a new or used guitar. This book has it
all. The history of the guitar, how guitars are made, how
different things affect tone, and even simple repair. This
is a must have book for anyone who is thinking about buying a
guitar, or simply wants to gain a strong working knowledge of the
1993, Dorling Kindersley Ltd.
This is a broad overview of all kinds of guitar topics.
Primarily an instructional book, it also talks about technique,
sound, and style. It also discusses various makes and models. It
covers electric as well as acoustic playing.
Guitars: An Illustrated History
1992, Harper Perennial
This book is both a
complete guitar reference guide, as well as a complete history of
the modern guitar. It contains complete histories of just
about every guitar maker that has ever operated in the U.S., and
chronicles these companies thru the various stages of their
existence. It covers both electric, as well as
acoustic guitar, and dedicates about half of the book to Fender
and Gibson guitars. Hundreds of great photos.
but the Blues : The Music and the Musicians
1993, Abbeville Press
This is a detailed account of the evolution of the blues.
It breaks the development of the blues down by region (Texas,
Piedmont, Delta, Urban) and then charts their merging and
metamorphasis into modern day blues. Lots of rare
photographs of just about every blues great ever known. If
you want to be an authority on early 20th century blues, this is a
great place to start
Guitars and other Fretted Instruments: A Photographic History
1997, Miller Freeman Books
A visual history of the evolution of the acoustic guitar.
Contains hundreds of color photos of vintage instruments. The
ultimate wish book for people who are connoseiurs of vintage
History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments
1993, Centerstream Publishing
Bob Brozman, a noted collector and performer of Resonator
Guitars, gives a history of the instrument, and shows off his
extensive collection of Resonator guitars in color photos.
Fabulous Flat-Top Guitars : An Illustrated History & Guide
David Vinopal, & Dan Erlewine
1994, Miller Freeman Books
A complete history of the
Gibson flat-top guitar thru hundreds of pictures and detailed
text. Covers the evolution of every flat-top Gibson has made
over the last 70 years.
Reprints of Two Titles : The Bluesmen
and Sweet As the Showers of Rain
1991, Da Capo Press
A monumental study of the
blues, its makers, and the environment from which they
emerged. In depth analysis of great blues players, their
environments, their influences, and even their songs. More
information than you could ever want on just about any of the
blues greats from the early 20th century.