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And before you say, "Hey, where is Aspen Pittman's Tube Amp Book," I don't know. For some reason Amazon.com doesn't have it in their catalog. Sorry!
This little handbook is similar in flavor to Pittman's Tube Amp Book, except that all the Groove Tube hype is replaced with Kendrick hype. Still, it's useful for its collection of schematics, listings of electronic manufacturer codes, an article by former Ampeg tech Ken Fischer, and the general tips and hints.
Do-It-Yourself Projects for Guitarists : 35 Useful, Inexpensive Projects That Help You Unlock Your Instrument's Potential by Craig Anderton
These two books by well respected musical electronics journalist Craig Anderton will introduce the neophyte to building custom effects and other useful electronic gadgets. No electronic experience is necessary, as Craig guides you through the basics. You can build the projects as detailed, but many offer modifications so you can tailor them to suit your specific needs. Also be aware that PAIA offers many of the projects in these books as either etched circuit boards, or complete parts kits.
Longtime columnist and respected repairman Dan Erlewine guides you through handing some of your own guitar setups and repairs.
Electric Guitars and Basses : A Photographic History by George Gruhn, Walter Carter (hardcover)
This book contains some history and photographs of not only famous maker instruments, but also some of the more obscure. There is beautiful photography throughout, including some Ampeg instruments.
If you like some of the more "off-brand" and bizarre instruments, then you should check out this book. Wright focuses more on the lesser known domestic and imported instruments. There is mention of the Ampeg Stud series as well as the many knock-offs of the Dan Armstrong See Throughs.
Now, whoda thunk that picks would become collectible, or that there would be a book's worth of material about them? Here it is.
Honestly, I thought this book could have been a little more comprehensive than it is. But I believe it's the only book that deals exclusively with the history of the electric bass, and it does do a decent job. There is nice photography, including some Ampeg instruments (but no Baby Bass!).
Again, another book that could be more comprehensive than it is, especially given the title, but it does have some gorgeous photographs and includes some of the lesser known brands as well as some extensive coverage of major brands. Also includes sections on acoustic instruments and very modern instruments, forming overall a sort of timeline approach to the guitar.
One big, comprehensive, well thought-of book by respected authors about what is arguably the most famous guitar and amplifier maker in the world.
Another big, comprehensive, well thought-of book by respected authors about what is arguably the most famous guitar and amplifier maker in the world, but this time dealing specifically with just the amplifiers.
Another, smaller book dealing with Fender amps.
Another Bacon/Day book, in their typical style.
Who better to write about Leo Fender's companies and influence than someone that was there from the beginning?
Correct me if I'm wrong (and I'm sure someone will!), but unlike all the books that have sprouted up about Fender, I believe this is the only book on the history of Marshall.
A big book on the history of the unique instruments made by Rickenbacker.
About 200 pages shorter than Smith's book, here is the Bacon/Day take on Rickenbacker.
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