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Moderne Guitar

The Holy Grail of Vintage Guitars
by Ronald Lynn Wood
The Gibson Moderne is an electric guitar designed by Gibson in 1957 alongside the Flying V and Explorer as part of a stylistically advanced line. Sources claim that Gibson made a handful of prototypes, but an original has yet to surface. The Moderne was eventually put into production in 1982. Because of their very limited production and forward design, Modernes are highly sought by collectors. Here is the story, explained in interviews and photos, of this curious development associated with the golden era of guitar making. Full color throughout!
00001208240 pages $29.95
 
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Moonlight in Vermont

The Official Biography of Johnny Smith
by Lin Flanagan
This is the biography of the man whom many jazz guitar legends call “The Master”. Johnny Smith (1922-2013) was the jazz guitarist’s jazz guitarist. During the 1950’s he worked for the network broadcasters in New York while also playing regularly at clubs such as Birdland opposite Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, George Shearing and many other legends of jazz. He was the most revered guitarist on the New York jazz scene during a golden era. His technical virtuosity, quality of tone, musical sophistication and literacy were unrivaled in jazz guitar circles. Many celebrated jazz guitarists still consider him to be the benchmark of musicianship by which all others are measured. This is the biography of the man whom many jazz guitar legends call “The Master”. “No one in the world plays the guitar better than he.”—Barney Kessel
00151663256 pages/8.5x11 $24.99
 
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Music Man

1972-1982 The Other Side of the Story
by Frank Green
Music Man was like a brilliant comet of music-driven energy and technical innovation launched by the veteran team of Leo Fender, Forrest White, and Tom Walker the Chief Pilot/Navigator.
Music historians have given these three industry pioneers each their own label. Leo Fender was the front runner and the 'founding father', Forrest White was in the 'right place at the right time', and Tom Walker was the 'genius' in the designs and improvements he master minded for guitar and bass amplification. Music Man was Walker's inspiration!

00001100 $24.95
 
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Neptune Bound

The Ultimate Danelectro Guitar Guide
by Doug Tulloch
Produced from 1954 to 1969, Danelectro guitars have found a place in the hearts of collectors and players with their space age design and affordable price tags. Here is the ultimate guide to all things Danelectro, including company history, instruments, patents, dating and identification, models, specifications and values, prototypes, print advertising, schematics, and much more. Full color throughout!
00001204Softcover (440 pages) $39.95
00001205Hardcover (440 pages) $49.95
 
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Pickups, Windings and Magnets

... And the Guitar Became Electric
by Mario Milan
The first book to examine pickups in detail is here! Covers everything from the first experiments to classic models conceived for major guitar manufacturers. Includes a 32-page color section of the most popular models and rarities, a timeline, info on building pickups and technical specs, and biographical notes.
00001026(216 pages, 8-1/2" x 11") $29.95
 

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