An Historical Look at the Composition, Construction, and Evolution of One of the World's Most Beloved InstrumentsBook - 2005
It's impossible to imagine today's musical landscape without the acoustic guitar. From its beginnings in European classical music, through American innovations like blues, jazz, and country, all the way to rock, pop, and folk, the instrument's versatility has become a way to connect musical styles. Acoustic Guitar is an indispensable guide for all those who have been taken in by the spell and fascination of the instrument. But how do you tell the difference between a great and a not-so-great guitar? How much of the sound is determined by the woods and how much by the building style? How do you amplify an acoustic guitar so it maintains its natural sound? How much money do you have to spend in order to get an instrument that matches your playing style and skill level? This book seeks to answer these and many other questions. It discusses all types of acoustic guitars, with an emphasis placed on steel-string flattops, archtops, and classical guitars. The authors explain in detail the function and development of each part of the guitar, from the headstock to the tailblock. The book also explains the optional electronics of modern acoustic guitars, and includes important tips in buying a guitar, including a discussion of the benefits and downfalls of buying online. The book also includes a guide to guitar care and maintenance, and a section on common repairs. A color section illustrates historically significant instruments. Book jacket.
Publisher: Milwaukee, WI : 
Branch Call Number: ANF 787.87 ACOU
Characteristics: 376 p. : ill. ; 21 cm