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“EXCELLENT! … tells you pretty much everything you need to know … a must buy for acoustic fans ✰✰✰✰✰ ”- TOTAL GUITAR
The design and development of acoustic guitars is explored in fascinating detail – from the mysteries of rival bracing systems from the 1860’s to the myriad tranducers of the present. The developments of Antonia Torres, Mario Maccaferri, C.F. Martin, the Dopyera brothers and Bob Taylor all strive to project the acoustic guitar into an increasingly noisy world.Thirteen detailed case studies examine the care and maintenance of a range of acoustics, including an Amalia Ramires classic, a modern ‘flamenco’, a fabulous ‘12-fret’ Martin Dreadnought, an ‘Eric Clapton’ 00028, a brilliant ‘Belleville’ Gypsy Jazz, and an historic Lloyd Loar Gibson L5. The Taylor ‘Expression System’ is examined in detail and seen alongside the contrasting Fishman and Yamaha systems.A new National ‘Reso Phonic’ is examined in forensic detail, and unique ‘videoscope’ photography reveals the inner details of 10 very different guitars.Chapters include:-
* Buying the right acoustic guitar for your needs* Know your Gypsy Jazz and Dreadnought* Know your Resonator, 12-string and Bowlback* Setting up and tuning* Repairs, maintenance and adjustments* 13 Case studies* Acoustic amplification options
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