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  • 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul



    The Gibson Company faced a dilemma in 1952: compete with Fender's increasingly popular solidbody electric guitars, or stick with the well-established acoustics and electric-acoustics. This book tells the story of Gibson's decision and the next 50 glorious years.

    SKU: AM3354
    £14.95
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  • The Jazz Bass Book



    This book is part player's manual, part historical profile, and part musical portrait. It explores in-depth all facets of jazz bass playing-from the development of 'walking' and other techniques, to the human and musical interaction inside a rhythm section, to the bassists who made their instrument an integral part of America's greatest art form...

    SKU: AM3408
    £16.95
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  • Gear Secrets of the Guitar Legends



    Gear Secrets lets you explore the sounds of more than 30 guitar legends whose work spans the entire rock spectrum, from '50s rock 'n' roll to today's nu-metal. You'll discover the secrets of their classic tones, learn how they played their most famous rhythms and leads, and find out how they forged their unique styles. The accompanying CD walks ...

    SKU: AM3537
    £13.95
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  • Digital Home Recording

    This practical, all-in-one guide is packed with tips and techniques for creating and operating a cost-effective, professional-level digital studio at home. Digital Home Recording illustrates vital recording concepts in hard disk recording, stand-alone workstations, computer-based DAWs, digital audio + MIDI sequencer software, surround sound 5.1,...

    SKU: AM3540
    £16.95
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  • Roadhouse Blues - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Texas R&B



    Stevie Ray Vaughan is celebrated as one of rock's best guitarists, and Roadhouse Blues profiles his life and musical career in the context of the Texas music scene. The book examines the roots that Stevie Ray and his brother Jimmie drew upon, illuminates the key events of their musical careers, and explores the legacy of Stevie Ray following his...

    SKU: AM3544
    £13.95
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  • Unfinished Business - The Life and Times of Danny Gatton



    Danny Gatton was a guitar virtuoso known for his wide stylistic range. With a musical vocabulary that included country, gospel, rockabilly, soul, and standards, he dubbed his own style 'Redneck Jazz.' Hailed as the world's best 'unknown' guitar player by both Rolling Stone and Guitar Player, Gatton was a players' player who never received popula...

    SKU: AM3545
    £11.95
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  • Jim Marshall: The Father of Loud



    This exclusive biography tells the incredible success story of Jim Marshall, from his days as a young boy diagnosed with a rare bone disease and confined to a body cast for nine years to his stage success as a crooner and big-band drummer, to the development of the 'Marshall stack' and Jim's ultimatese to the forefront of the amplifier business....

    SKU: AM3634
    £19.95
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  • Chord Master



    This book takes the time to discuss each of the chord types and patterns a guitarist is likely to come across, why they sound the way they do, how to use them in songwriting, and how to play them easily. Chord Master includes: Over 1000 chords and their variations. Chords arranged by key, by type, or by musical style. Chord secrets of famous son...

    SKU: AM3635
    £16.95
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  • American Basses



    The first comprehensive book on American-made electric and acoustic bass guitars, American Basses offers a wealth of carefully researched information about all of the important builders, from one-man shops to the biggest manufacturers. Hundreds of full-colour photos illustrate the tremendous range of instruments available, and special insider co...

    SKU: AM3781
    £19.95
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  • The Bass Handbook - The Complete Guide to Mastering the Bass Guitar

    This indispensable handbook helps players of all levels produce better, more creative, and more varied bass lines. Divided into two sections - Playing Your Bass and Knowing Your Bass - it covers everything from tuning, reading music, scales and chords, and advanced techniques to tips on buying and upgrading a budget bass and troubleshooting. Alo...

    SKU: AM4432
    £21.99
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  • Masters of Jazz Guitar -The Story of the Players and Their Music

    New in paperback with a FREE CD, this landmark book portrays the evolution of guitar styles to the present day through in-depth profiles by world-class authorities on all its leading exponents including Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Barney Kessel, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, John Scof...

    SKU: AM4434
    £19.95
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  • The Martin Book - A Complete History of Martin Guitars

    For over 170 years the C.F. Martin company has produced some of the finest flat-top acoustic guitars in the world. Martin's designs for the shape and construction of these instruments have influenced virtually every other manufacturer, and the flat-top guitar as we know it today is essentially the same as that established by Martin in the 1850s....

    SKU: AM4437
    £15.95
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