SUNBURST-How the Gibson Les Paul Standard Became a Legendary Guitar-Tony Bacon LIBRO CHITARRA

SUNBURST, How the Gibson Les Paul Standard Became a Legendary Guitar. Tony Bacon.




Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover

Is the sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard really the greatest electric guitar ever made? This books aims to answer that question, even if so many players and collectors have already sounded a loud “Yes!” Famously played by Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, this fabulous instrument, known simply as the Burst, has become a legend.

Through a series of interviews with players, collectors, guitar-makers, dealers, and more, Sunburst unravels a myth and puts into sharp focus how 1,400 or so guitars produced at the end of the '50s became the most desirable electrics of all time.

This guitar – a solidbody electric with mahogany body, twin humbuckers, and a two-color sunburst maple top – was first made from 1958 to 1960. The book examines those originals, the various reissues over the years, and the latest efforts by Gibson to re-create the hallowed guitars made more than 50 years ago in its original factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Sunburst is the latest book in Tony Bacon's bestselling guitar series, with a thoroughly researched story partnered by a gallery of full-color pictures of great guitars, rare memorabilia, and famous Burst players – from Keith Richards to Joe Bonamassa and Jeff Beck to Billy Gibbons. Its reference section reveals production details and dating clues for this most enigmatic and revered instrument.
160 pages

Price: €37,99


60 Years of Fender Six Decades of the Greatest Electric Guitars. Tony Bacon

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon

The latest addition to Tony Bacon's acclaimed series of guitar books, 60 Years of Fender gives a year-by-year history of the most successful electric guitar maker. In 1950, Leo Fender introduced to the world the solidbody electric guitar – the instrument known as the Telecaster. He soon added two more classics: the Precision Bass (1951) and the Stratocaster (1954). Fender's sleek, adaptable guitars have since fueled modern music – from country to rock – and have been heard in the hands of virtually every guitarist of note, from Buddy Holly to Kurt Cobain, from Eric Clapton to John Mayer. Illustrated with an unrivaled gallery of color photographs of instruments, players, and memorabilia, this revised and updated edition expands upon 50 Years of Fender (published in 2000), covering nine more years of the Fender story.

“A must-have for any Fender fan. Highly entertaining.”

– Guitar Player

Inventory #HL 00332861
ISBN: 9780879309664
UPC: 884088401597
Width: 8.5"
Length: 11.0"
144 pages


Leo Fender listened hard to players' comments about the
Telecaster and Esquire models, and during the early 1950s he and
Freddie Tavares began to devise the guitar that would become the
Stratocaster (seen in stylized form on the 1954 catalog cover,
right). At first other makers had merely mocked Fender's new
solid body guitars, but soon Gibson had joined in with its Les
Paul, Gretsch with the Duo Jet, Kay with its K-125. Competition
was looming - and Fender needed to up the stakes. This they
most certainly did.

The Stratocaster was launched during 1954. Samples
around May and June were followed by the first proper
production run in October. The new Fender guitar was
the first solidbody electric with three pickups, meaning
a range of fresh tones, and featured a new-design
vibrato unit that provided pitch-bending and
shimmering chordal effects.
The new vibrato - often called a "tremolo" by
Fender and many others since - was troublesome in
development. But the result was the first self-contained
vibrato unit: an adjustable bridge, a tailpiece, and a
vibrato system, all in one. It wasn't a simple mechanism
for the time, but a reasonably effective one. It followed
the Fender principle of taking an existing product (in
this case, the Bigsby vibrato) and improving it.
Fender's new vibrato had six bridge-pieces, one for
each string, adjustable for height and length, which
meant that the feel of the strings could be personalized
and the guitar made more in tune with itself. The
complete unit was typical of Fender's constant
consideration of musicians' requirements and his
application of a mass-producer's solution.
The Strat came with a radically sleek, solid body,
based on the outl ine of the 1951 Fender Precision Bass.
Some musicians had complained to Fender that the
sharp edge on the Telecaster's body was uncomfortable
- the dissenters included musician/entertainer Rex
Gallion and Western Swing guitarist Bill Carson - and
so the Strat's body was contoured for the player's

comfort. Also, it was finished in a yellow-to-black
sunburst finish.
Even the output-jack mounting was new, recessed in
a stylish plate on the body face. And the headstock?
Side by side with Paul Bigsby's guitar made for Merle
Travis in 1948 there is clearly influence from the earlier
instrument. But as a whole the Fender Stratocaster
looked like no other guitar around, especially the
flowing, sensual curves of that beautifully
proportioned, timeless body.
The Stratocaster's new-style pickguard
complemented the Jines perfectly, and the
overall impression was of a guitar where
all the components ideally suited
one another. The Fender
Stratocaster has since become
the most popular, the most
copied, the most desired, and
very probably the most played :
solid electric guitar ever.
On its 40th anniversary in
1994 an official estimate put
Strat sales at over a million
guitars. At its launch it wasn't such
a world-beater; later in the 1950s,
the Fender Stratocaster began to hint
at future glories, especially in the hands
of players such as Buddy Guy, Carl Perkins,
and Buddy Holly.

The amp Custom Shop offered the high-end, vintage-flavored Vibro-King and Tone-Master as its first products, while the existing guitar Custom Shop reflected on a 90th Anniversary Harley-Davidson Strat. Comings and goings among Fender players included a debut from Liz Phair (opposite) and the death at 61 of the great Texas bluesman Albert Collins (memorial ad, right). G-Vox (above) was Fender's ill-fated computer guitar-teaching system.

With the continuing success of the guitar Custom
Shop, this year saw the start at Scottsdale, Arizona, of
an amp equivalent, with ex-Matchless electronics
expert Bmce Zinky in charge. The intention was to
make limited quantities of expensive, high-quality
products. The amp Shop would not build far-out
made-to-order items, but generally would follow the
guitar outfit's increasingly important business in
defining a catalog of regular items.
Artists could collaborate on individually crafted
items, but broadly speaking the hand-built
line would be drawn from reinterpretations ofFender's
classic tube amps of the 1940s, 50s and early 60s. The
first models to appear from the amp Custom Shop
were the Vibro-King 60-watt 3xlO combo and the
1one-Master 100-watt piggyback amp, with a choice of
2x 12 or 4x 12 cabinet, all finished in cream Tolex. In
the meantime at the guitar Custom Shop, over in
Corona, a link was being forged with motorcycle
manufacturer Harley-Davidson.
The result was the Fender Harley-Davidson 90th
Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster in a very
limited mn of 109 pieces. The stunning handengraved
aluminum body summoned up the shiny
exterior of a Harley, while the bird's-eye maple neck
and ebony fingerboard would please anyone who
actually got to play one of these creations.
The signature-guitar list continued to grow, this year
with the addition of two new models, for Clarence
White and Richie Sambora. The Clarence White
Telecaster was named for the brilliant Byrds and
Kentucky Colonels guitarist, tragically killed by a
dmnk driver in 1973. The White Tele was fitted with
his favored Scmggs banjo-style detuners for first and
sixth strings, and the B-bender string-pull device that
he developed with Byrds dmmmer Gene Parsons.
Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora helped devise a Strat to
respond to his fiery playing, with Floyd Rose double-locking vibrato,
a DiMarzio bridge humbucker plus
Texas Special single-coils, and a flatter, wider
fingerboard. A personal touch came with
the inlaid stars for position markers.
On a cultural note, the Fullerton
Museum Center - not far from
the site of Leo Fender's
original workshops
exhibited Five Decades Of
Feruler, organized by guitar
historian Richard Smith.
Included were instmments
and an array of special
memorabilia fi"omFender as
well as Music Man and G&L.
Remarkably, this was the very
first exhibition to feature Fender's
achievements. "Leo forever changed
the course of popular music," is how
Smith admirably summed it up .


the fifties page
the sixties page
the seventies page
the eighties page
the nineties page
the new millennium page
chronology of models page
index page
acknowledgements page

Price: €27,99

STRATOCASTER GUITAR BOOK A Complete History of Fender Stratocaster Guitars Tony Bacon



The Stratocaster Guitar Book
A Complete History of Fender Stratocaster Guitars

Series: Guitar Reference
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon

Leo Fender's company changed the course of popular music in 1954 when they introduced the Stratocaster. Since then, the Strat has been played by countless guitarists, from Jimi Hendrix to Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck. In this book, interviews with important Strat players from every decade illustrate the instrument's versatility, playability, and continuing importance. This is the complete story of the Stratocaster and the Fender company, from the struggles of the 1950s to the new models, retro reissues, and luscious collectibles of the 21st century. The Stratocaster Guitar Book is a glorious compendium of beautiful pictures, a gripping history, and a detailed guide to all Strat models. A must for all guitar lovers.

Width: 8.5"
Length: 11.0"
160 pages




Leo began work as an accountant, at first in the accounts section of the state highway department and then at a tyre distribution company, but his hobby was always electronics. In his twenties, he built amplifiers and PA systems for public events: sports gatherings, dances, and so on. He took a few piano lessons before trying the saxophone, but he was never serious, and he never learned to play the guitar.
When he lost his accounts job in the Depression, Leo took a bold step and opened his own radio and record store in Fullerton, around 1938. He called the new retail and repair shop Fender Radio Service, and it seemed a natural move for the ambitious and newlymarried 30-year-old. He advertised his wares and services on his business card: "Electrical appliances, phonograph records, musical instruments & repairs, public address systems, sheet music."
His new store on South Spadra meant that Leo met many local musicians and characters in the music and electronics businesses. During the first few years he hooked up with several people who would prove important to his future success. First among these was a professional violinist and lap-steel guitarist, Clayton Orr Kauffman, known to all simply as Doc.
The story goes that some time around 1940, Doc brought an amplifier into Leo's shop for repair and the two got chatting. Doc had amplified his own guitars and made designs for an electric guitar and a vibrato system. By this time, Leo had started looking into the potential for electric guitars and was playing around with pickup designs. A crude solidbody guitar that Fender and Kauffman built in 1943 purely to test these early pickups - one design for which was patented in '44 - is today in the Roy Acuff Museum at Opryland, ashville.
Doc went to work for an aircraft company during World War II, but the two incorrigible tinkerers still found time to get together and come up with a design for a record-changer good enough to net them $5,000. They used some of this money to bolster their shortlived company, K&F (for Kauffman & Fender), and began production of electric lap-steel guitars and small amplifiers in November 1945.
In the 20s, many people in America had taken up the little lap-steel guitar, often called the Hawaiian guitar, and the instrument was still tremendously popular. The steel had been the first type of guitar to go electric in the 30s. Several innovative companies, with Rickenbacker in the lead, experimented with electro-magnetic pickups, fixing them to guitars and feeding their signal out to small amplifiers. The attraction of the steel was that it was an easy-to-play instrument, and thus one suitable for beginners, but the electric version also proved appealing to professional musicians, especially in Hawaiian music and among country-and-western bands.
The musician would play the steel guitar on his lap or would step up to an instrument mounted on legs. The name came not from its construction - Fender's steels were all wooden - but from the metal bar that the player held in his left hand to stop the raised strings, which were generally tuned to an open chord. During the 30s and later the term the stratocaster guitar book...

... quantity, naturally, is limited," announced Fender, and during 1979 and 1980 the firm proceeded to make thousands of 25th Anniversary Stratocasters ($800 including case, virtually the same price as a standard model). "They went fast in '54. They'll go fast now," ran the insistent ad. An official estimate of production mentioned 10,000 units.
Most people tend to refer to a Stratocaster as a Strat, and in 1980 Fender finally used the abbreviation officially on a new model. It was designed by Gregg Wilson, who had come up with the budget-price Fender Lead models introduced the previous year. The new Strat combined regular Stratocaster looks with updated circuitry, a 'hot' bridge pickup, and fashionable heavy-duty brass hardware. Fender also offered the hardware separately as an after-market accessory line, called Original Brass Works, following the lead of various companies that popularised a craze for retrofit replacement parts. Larry DiMarzio was a leader in this new business, introducing his Super Distortion replacement pickup in 1975, with Mighty Mite, Seymour Duncan, and others soon following.
Fender intended with the Strat to re-introduce the old-style narrow headstock of the original Stratocasters. The broader type of the time had been in use since 1965. However, Fender used old worn-out tooling, and the result was not an entirely accurate re-creation. Smaller, certainly; accurate, no. A reversion to the four-bolt neck fixing and body-end truss-rod adjustment and the removal of the neck-tilt for the new Strat model implied that CBS were already aware of criticisms of 70s Stratocasters. A few brighter colours were offered for the Strat, too, reviving Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red, and Olympic White.
The model was significant as the first attempt at a modernised Strat. It retailed at $995, compared to $745 for the regular Stratocaster.
One further attempt in 1980 to provide something different for Strat fans was the Hendrix Stratocaster. It was something like a 25th Anniversary Strat in overall spec, but it had an inverted headstock and additional body contouring, and was only offered in white.
It's another significant guitar, as it was the first Fender marketed to highlight an association with a musician, a sales technique that would become very important to the company from the late 80s. Only 25 or so were produced, and most if not all were marked as prototypes.
Colour schemes were brightened and expanded a little during the 80s, with the shortlived International Colors in 1981 and then the Custom Colors and Stratobursts of '82. Some of the new hues were distinctly lurid - such as Capri Orange, Aztec Gold, or Bronze Stratoburst - and they were not much liked at the time. In 1983, there was a short run of Marble or 'bowling ball' finishes, designed by Darren Johansen, in swirling Red, Blue, or Gold.
With generally trimmed model lines and a massive output from the factories at Fender, it was hard to resist the feeling as the 80s dawned that the newly-important calculations of the balance sheet were firmly established and took precedence over the company's former creativity. At the start of the decade, CBSmanagement decided that they needed some new blood to help reverse a decline in Fender's image and finances. Income had the stratocaster guitar book ...

Price: €25,99

FLYING V EXPLORER FIREBIRD An Odd-Shaped History of Gibson's Weird Electric Guitars Tony Bacon


Flying V, Explorer, Firebird
An Odd-Shaped History of Gibson's Weird Electric Guitars
Series: Guitar Reference
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon
160 pages

Price: €34,99




To mark the 60th anniversary of Fender, Backbeat's introduced a new, completely revised third edition of this bestseller. Fender guitars have long been the instruments of choice for artists such as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. This book tells the complete story of Fender guitars, detailing classics such as the Telecaster, Stratocaster & Jazzmaster as well as lesser-known models. Dozens of photos reveal Fender's storied craftsmanship, while the text includes collector details for all models. The reference section lists all models and their statistics. This new edition has been refreshed and updated, with 56 extra pages and over 60 new photographs. The main text has added material and has been brought up to date to cover Fender's ever-changing history amid the fascinating developments for the company and its instruments during the eight years since the previous edition. 192 pages.

The Fender Electric Guitar Book - 3rd Edition

A Complete History of Fender Instruments
Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon

Inventory #HL 00331752
ISBN: 9780879308971
UPC: 884088151201
Width: 8.5"
Length: 11.0"
192 pages


is the only volume to tell the full story of all Fender's electric
guitars - from Telecasters, Stratocasters, and
Jazzmasters to Mustangs, Jaguars, and Showmasters.

• This completely revised and updated third edition
includes a wealth of new and unseen information, along
with a host of extra photographs.

• The book explains how Fender's guitars have inspired
generations of musicians hungry for stylish and
responsive instruments. Key events, such as the
CBStakeover in 1965 and the formation of Fender
Japan in 1982, are related to contemporary guitars,
and unique interviews with Fender people past
and present shed new light on decades of
musical history.

• An unrivalled collection of colour
photographs showcases the skill and
versatility of Fender's designers, and
meticulous listings for the collector
detail all of the company's electric
guitar models from 1950 to the
present day.

• This book is a thorough,
entertaining examination of the
world's premier maker of
solidbody electric guitars - and a
book that every guitar nut and
music fan will want to own.
"Great for the coffee table or
the reference library."

the definitive story of Fender's electric guitars
in a revised and updated third edition.
leo Fender introduced the world to the
solid body electric guitar in 1950 with the
instrument now known as the Fender
Telecaster and soon added another classic,
the Stratocaster.
Fender s sleek, adaptable instruments
fuelled the pop music boom of the 1960s and
have since been heard in the hands of virtually
every guitarist of note, including Buddy Holly,
Jimi Hendrix. George Harrison, Keith Richards,
Kurt Cobain, and Eric Clapton.
The book documents the past and present of
Americas supreme maker of solid body electric
guitars. profiling fine as well as freaky Fenders
through a wealth of detailed research and an
unsurpassed collection of superb photographs.
As well as the full story, and a sparkling
gallery of photographs, the book includes
meticulous listings for the player and collector,
detailing every Fender electric guitar model
from 1950 to the present day.
With its unmatched set of features, The
Fender Electric Guitar Book is the only must-
have book on the subject.


The complete history from the earliest
days in the 1940s right through to
Fender's current instruments and
players, plus an accompanying gallery of
full-colour pictures.

Every Fender model spec'd and
explained, from 1950 to 2007, made in
the USA, Mexico, Japan, and Korea. Plus
a chronological inventory and systems
for dating, including serial number keys.

the fender story
mostly wooden - but from the metal bar used in the player's left hand to stop the
raised strings, which were generally tuned to an open chord. During the 1930s and
later the term 'Spanish' was used to identify the other type of guitar (less popular at
the time) which was played upright against the body. Leo would call this the 'standard'
Doc Kauffman wrote later about the early days of K&F. "[Leo and IJwould go down
to the store, and at the rear was a metal building that housed the guitar department,
and we would work till midnight." This description of a guitar "department" is
certainly optimistic. Most people who saw the "metal building" remembered it as a tin
shack hastily and cheaply assembled behind Leo's radio store. Doc continued his
account: "I used to assemble all our instruments and string them up and playa few
steel licks, and Leo used to say he could tell how production was coming along by
counting the tunes I was playing." 3
Leo met another significant person at this early stage, one who would become a
key contributor to the later success of the Fender company. Don Randall was general
manager of Radio & Television Equipment Co (known as Radio-Tel),based in Santa Ana, just
15 miles south of Fullerton. One of Randall's customers was the Fender Radio Service.

Leo had not served in World War II, because of a childhood illness that cost him his
right eye. Randall, who spent three years in the army, said that Leo was able to expand
his shop's trade in those war years. Randall recalled: "During that period there weren't
too many people about to do that kind of business. When I got out of the service I
came back and started doing business with Leo again, selling parts and equipment."
It was around this time that Leo and Doc Kauffman decided to split. "It seems Doc
was afraid to carryon with the business," said Randall.4
Leo was happy to work into the
middle of the night at the tin shack making the K&F lap-steel guitars and amps, but
Doc wasn't so keen to spend long hours locked away from the world.
Leo said later: "It costs a lot of money to get into large-scale production, and the
1930s depression was still fresh in Kauffman's mind, so he didn't want to get involved.
He had a ranch or farm ... and he was afraid [thatJ if we got over-extended on credit
he might lose it. He thought he'd better pullout while he had a full skin, so in February
of '46 he left it all with me."s
According to one colleague, Doc - who remained lifelong friends with Leo - was
asked later if he resented selling out, given the subsequent success of the Fender
business. "And Doc said no, he was never sore, because Leo would have killed him
before he got through with it anyway," referring to the exhausting hours. "Doc liked
to spend time with his family, he didn't like staying down the shack till 10 or 11 at
night, seven days a week. Anyone that worked with Leo had a hard time not over-
working, because Leo expected you to be on call all hours." 

Price: €29,99

FENDER 50 YEARS OF Half a Century of the Greatest Electric Guitars Tony Bacon

50 YEARS OF FENDER, Half a Century of the Greatest Electric Guitars. T. Bacon.

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Medium: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon

The first Fender guitar hit the scene 50 years ago and music hasn't been the same since! Featuring 200 color photos, this visual chronicle of the premier guitar maker charts every Fender model from 1950 to 2000, accompanied by a parallel timeline of musical highlights. The book celebrates 50 years of Telecasters, Stratocasters, Precision Basses, and other Fender instruments played by such artists as Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Kurt Cobain and many others. 128 pages



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Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Medium: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon
Introduced in 1954 as one of Gretsch's "Guitars of the Future," the White Falcon was an overwhelmingly impressive instrument. The influence of this spectacular new guitar spread to other models and guitar manufacturers. It was the dawn of a half-century of awe-inspiring guitars which are now favored by widely popular artists including Pete Townshend, Tom Petty, Alanis Morisette, Sheryl Crow, John Frusciante, Bo Diddley, and more. This book compiles the best of Gretsch's inventions over the past 50 years and tells the stories of their creation and the men who created them. Includes 100 photos! (8-1/2" x 11", 144 pages.

Price: €26,99

FENDER TELECASTER SIX DECADES OF THE-The Story of the World's First Solidbody Electric Guitar-Tony Bacon

SIX DECADES OF THE FENDER® TELECASTER, The Story of the World's First Solidbody Electric Guitar. T. Bacon.

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Medium: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon

Launched by the fledgling Fender company in 1950, the Telecaster has become the longest-lived solidbody electric guitar, played by everyone from Muddy Waters to Chrissie Hynde. All who play know that the key to the Telecaster's importance and versatility is its sheer simplicity. Packed with high-quality photographs of the great Telecasters, collectable catalogs, period press ads, and memorabilia, this tribute tells the story of the Telecaster and the Fender Company through exclusive interviews with Fender figures who were there when this musical star was born. 144 pages

Price: €29,99

GIBSON, MILLION DOLLAR LES PAUL, In Search of the Most Valuable Guitar in the World. Tony Bacon.

MILLION DOLLAR LES PAUL, In Search of the Most Valuable Guitar in the World. Tony Bacon. 288 pagine.

Series: Book
Publisher: Jawbone Press
Medium: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon

Manufactured at the end of the 1950s, the original sunburst Gibson Les Paul - known as the "Burst" - is the most celebrated electric guitar of all time. This book by renowned historian Tony Bacon explores why these instruments have become so desirable. It takes readers from a factory in Kalamazoo, through the British blues scene of the '60s, to today's salesrooms and concert stages. 288 pages.

Price: €39,99

GIBSON LES PAUL 50 YEARS OF THE, Half a Century of the Greatest Electric Guitars, Tony Bacon.

50 YEARS OF THE GIBSON LES PAUL, Half a Century of the Greatest Electric Guitars. T. Bacon. 160 pagine.

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Medium: Softcover
Author: Tony Bacon

This exciting book documents the complete decade-by-decade story of one of the world's most important and influential electric guitars. The Gibson Les Paul turned 50 years old in 2002, and since its invention, its sweet, urgent sound has been used by a host of major rock players - from Eric Clapton in Cream to Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, from Joe Walsh in The Eagles to Slash of Guns N'Roses. Unique color photographs feature a multitude of luscious Les Paul models and highlight great players in action with their Les Paul guitars. Meticulous listings for the collector document every model produced from 1952 to the present day. 50 Years of the Gibson Les Paul is a beautiful, detailed examination of six decades of great guitars and the fine musicians inspired to play them. 160 pages.

Price: €23,99
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