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by Richard Smith
A complete and illustrated history of the development of Rickenbacker instruments from 1931 to the present, complete with information and full-color photos of the many Rickenbacker artists.
00000098(256 pages) $35.00

Ring the Banjar!

The Banjo in America from Folklore to Factory
by Robert Lloyd Webb
This is a second edition of a publication originally published to coincide with an exhibition of the same name at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Museum. Includes information on the banjo's enduring popularity, the banjo makers of Boston, instruments from the exhibition, a glossary and bibliography of the banjo, and more.
00000087(102 pages) $24.95

Sacred Music Companion Fact Book

by Dale V. Nobbman
This compelling edition provides fascinating information on and arrangements of more than 90 favorite traditional hymns and gospel songs. The songs are arranged chronologically (starting with "Doxology" in 1694 and going through "How Great Thou Art" in 1948) and for each, the book provides a melody line/lyrics/chord song arrangement as well as background notes on the song, its historical setting, the authors and composers who wrote them, and more.
00000288(213 pages) $17.95

Spannís Guide to Gibson 1902-1941

by Joe Spann
Centerstream presents this detailed look at the inner workings of the famous musical instrument manufacturer of Kalamazoo, Michigan before World War II. For the first time, Gibson fans can learn about the employees who built the instruments, exactly where the raw materials came from, the identity of parts vendors, and how the production was carried out. The book explains Gibsonís pre-World War II factory order number and serial number systems, and corrects longstanding chronological errors. Previously unknown information about every aspect of the operation is covered in-depth. Noted historian Joe Spann gathered firsthand info from pre-war employees, and had access to major Gibson document collections around the world. Long time Gibson experts, as well as casual collectors, will find this volume an indispensable addition to their reference shelf.
00001525 $39.99

The Complete Guide to the Gibson Mandolins

Foreword by Walter Carter
by Paul Fox
A definitive source for information about the company that defined the modern mandolin. From the very beginning when Orville H. Gibson built the first carveĖtop instruments in the 19th Century to the instruments still being made by Gibson today, this book is a complete guide to the vast array of instruments the company produced in the mandolin family, including historical documentation, images, illustrations, detailed descriptions, photos and rare examples of existing instruments for sources around the world. This book also reveals some of the secrets behind many of the proprietary construction techniques bused by Gibson throughout the decades.
002023488.5x11/248 pages $45.00

Centerstream publishes a variety of music books on instruments, instructional, reference, and biographies.

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