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Keith Ferguson

Texas Blues Bass
by Detlef Schmidt, forewords by Jimmie Vaughan and Billy F. Gibbons
Ask any blues bass player to name their most influential blues bass player, and almost all will mention Willy Dixon for upright bass and Keith Ferguson from the Fabulous Thunderbirds for electric bass. Keith played with all the great guitar players from Texas: Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmie Vaughan, Rocky Hill, Billy F. Gibbons, Omar Dykes, and Alan Haynes, just to mention a few. In this extensively researched biography, Detlef Schmidt starts with Keith’s early childhood, and on to his playing days. Keith’s role in the late 1970s blues revival can’t be forgotten, with his style of playing and dressing being influential to many blues bands all over the world. Many of Keith Ferguson’s old friends and musical partners share their memories of a great bass player and fascinating person, with quotes and interviews from Johnny Winter, Lou Ann Barton, Fran Christina, Preston Hubbard, Mike Buck, and many more. Hundreds of never before published photographs and personal documents are shown for the first time. Oversized, 320 pages, full-color throughout.
00137719Oversized, 320 pages, full-color $39.00
 
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Lap Steel Guitar

by Andy Volk
This first-ever comprehensive book about lap-steel and console steel guitars includes: interviews and profiles of more than 35 of the greatest electric and acoustic steel guitarists of the past and present, representing most forms of music played in the world today. Also includes resources for guitars, amplifiers, accessories, instructional materials, steel guitar tunings; and much more.
00000320(336 pages) $35.00
 
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Making an Archtop Guitar

by Robert Benedetto
The definitive work on the design and construction of an acoustic archtop guitar by one of the most talented luthiers of the twentieth century. Benedetto shows all aspects of construction, even through marketing your finished work. Includes a list of suppliers; a list of serial numbers for Benedetto guitars; full-color plates; photos from the author's personal scrapbook; and fold-out templates.
00000174(260 pages) $39.95
 
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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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