FENDER PRECISION BASSES 1951-1954. Detlef Schmidt

Series: Guitar

Publisher: Centerstream Publications
Format: Hardcover
Author: Detlef Schmidt

Introduced in 1951, the Fender Precision Bass is the precursor of all modern electric basses. This book takes a look at the history of the “slab body basses” and the most famous players. In addition to many historical photos, the full color book lists many basses with beautiful pictures, detail shots, and anecdotes. This book is a must-have for every bass player and enthusiast or collector.
162 pages

Price: €35,99


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: €31,99



The Modern Era of the Les Paul Legacy 1968-2009
Series: Book
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Format: Hardcover
Author: Robb Lawrence

Following the release of The Early Years..., which Vintage Guitar magazine called “carefully crafted ... lavishly illustrated,” this full-color book continues the amazing journey of an American icon's recording career and the coveted instruments that bear his name. Beginning with the collectible late '60s models, The Modern Les Paul Legacy moves on to the '70s and '80s special-themed instruments – showing all popular artist models, like Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, and Slash, in living color. And the “holy grail” '59 Sunburst and the jaw-dropping Custom Shop creations of the '90s receive their due as achievements that have never, to this day, been surpassed. The book also covers Les Paul's resurgence – the comeback Grammy Award-winning album with Chet Atkins, the start of a weekly gig in a New York City jazz club, and the reconnection with the Gibson family. Since Les Paul's death in August 2009, this will be the first book that covers his entire life, including his last performances at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the memorials in New York, and the burial in his hometown in Wisconsin.
Width: 8.5"
Length: 11.25"
362 pages

Price: €49,99

AC/DC Guitar Play-Along Volume-You Shook Me All Night Long CD BASI TABLATURE SPARTITI LIBRO


AC/DC Classics, Guitar Play-Along Volume 119. CD TABLATURE

Series: Guitar Play-Along

Format: Softcover with CD - TAB

Artist: AC/DC


The Guitar Play-Along Series will help you play your favorite songs quickly and easily! Just follow the tab, listen to the CD to hear how the guitar should sound, and then play along using the separate backing tracks. The melody and lyrics are also included in the book in case you want to sing, or to simply help you follow along. The audio CD is playable on any CD player. For PC and Mac computer users, the CD is enhanced so you can adjust the recording to any tempo without changing pitch!


Back In Black

Girls Got Rhythm

Have A Drink On Me

Hells Bells

Highway To Hell

The Jack

Whole Lotta Rosie

You Shook Me All Night Long


Width: 9.0"

Length: 12.0"

64 pages

Price: €24,99


Acoustic guitar magazine 3, HABITS OF THE HEART. 15 Chitarristi che di simile hanno la chitarra acustica. Elliott Smith è un cauntautore rock, Guy Davis: blues puro, Mike Dowlig suona una dolce canzone del 1855 di George Root, Laura Love fa dell'arabic-afro-funk, Merle Travis, Jim Croce, negli altri troverete folk irlandese, Spirituals, Celtica, Rock-Blues, Grunge, classica contemporanea. Dan Bern: Oh Sister -Jim Croce: I'll Have to Say I Love You in a Song -Guy Davis: If You Love Somebody -Jerry Douglas: A Tribute to Peador O'Donnell (Donal Lunny) -Mike Dowling: Rosalie (George Root) -Stephen Fearing: Coryanna -David Grier: Have You Ever Been to England -Kristin Hersh: Home -Laura Love: I'm a Givin' Way -Roy Rogers: Gertie Ruth -Elliott Smith: Sweet Adeline -Scott Tennant: Mysterious Habitats (Dusan Bogdanovic) -Merle Travis: Guitar Rag -Josh White: Landlord (Gene Raskin) -Chris Whitley: Scrapyard Lullaby. CD TABLATURE

Price: €26,99


Acoustic guitar magazine 5, FINGERSTYLE GUITAR MASTERPIECES VOL.5. 12 titoli: -Jorma Kaukonen: Embryonic journey -John Williams: Sakura variations -Adrian Legg: Queenie's waltz -Ed Gerhard: The water is wide -Martin Simpson: Jock o'hazeldean -John Renbourn: Bourree l & ll -Leo Kottke: Three quarter north -Preston Reed: A day at the races -Jacques Stotzem: Never enough -Peppino D'Agostino: Bella donna -Duck Baker: Opening the eyes of love, e una suggestiva california dreamin'/paint it black, riarrangiate da Proctor. CD TAB.

Series: String Letter Publishing
Publisher: String Letter Publishing
Softcover with CD - TAB
Composer: Various Composers

12 instrumental compositions and arrangements from Acoustic Guitar magazine by today's best fingerstyle players. Hear all the original artist performances on the CD and then use the clear, accurate song transcriptions in notes & TAB to bring their songs to life on guitar. Includes artist bios and photos, plus detailed performance notes with tips from the artists themselves. Includes works by Duck Baker, Peppino D'Agostino, Ed Gerhard, Leo Kottke, Jorma Kaukonen, Adrian Legg, Chris Proctor, Preston Reed, John Renbourn, Martin Simpson, Jacques Stotzem, and John Williams. 72 pages.

Price: €29,99


Acoustic guitar magazine, FINGERSTYLE GUITAR ESSENTIALS. 12 lezioni e 8 canzoni. CD TABLATURE

Fingerstyle Guitar Essentials
Series: Guitar Method
Publisher: String Letter Publishing
Format: Softcover with CD - TAB
Author: Various Authors

Learn to build your technique, arrange songs, and use alternate tunings with this book/CD pack featuring lessons by Acoustic Guitar music editor Dylan Schorer, blues wizard David Hamburger, fingerstyle expert Chris Proctor, and many others. Includes 8 complete songs to play: Amazing Grace • Ashokan Farewell • Satin Doll • more.

Inventory #HL 00699145
ISBN: 9781890490065
UPC: 073999991451
Width: 9.0"
Length: 12.0"
88 pages

Amazing Grace
Ashokan Farewell
Aura Lee
How Can I Keep From Singing
If I Only Had A Brain
Old Joe Clark
Satin Doll
Twin Sisters

88 pages

Price: €29,99

acoustic guitar magazine-THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR METHOD COMPLETE-David Hamburger-3 CD TABLATURE

acoustic guitar magazine, THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR METHOD, COMPLETE. learn to play using the techniques & songs of American roots music. D. Hamburger. 3 CD TAB.

Series: Guitar Method
Publisher: String Letter Publishing
Softcover with CD - TAB
Author: David Hamburger

A complete collection of all three Acoustic Guitar Method books and CDs in one volume! Learn how to play guitar with the only beginning method based on traditional American music that teaches you authentic techniques and songs. Beginning with a few basic chords and strums, you'll start right in learning real music drawn from blues, folk, country and bluegrass traditions. You'll learn how to find notes on the fingerboard, expand your collection of chords by learning songs in various keys, and learn different kinds of picking patterns. When you're done with this method series, you'll know dozens of the tunes that form the backbone of American music, using a variety of flatpicking and fingerpicking techniques.
Songs include: Bury Me Beneath the Willow - Delia - Frankie and Johnny - The Girl I Left Behind Me - House of the Rising Sun - Ida Red - In the Pines - Little Sadie - Man of Constant Sorrow - Sally Goodin - Scarborough Fair - Will the Circle Be Unbroken? and many more. 136 pages.

Columbus Stockade Blues
Careless Love
Get Along Home, Cindy
Sally Goodin
Ida Red
Darling Corey
Hot Corn, Cold Corn
East Virginia Blues
In the Pines
Banks of the Ohio
Scarborough Fair
Shady Grove
Man of Constant Sorrow
The Girl I Left Behind Me
Shady Grove
Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Sail Away Ladies
I Am A Pilgrim
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Sugar Babe
House of the Rising Sun
Frankie and Johnny
Gambler's Blues
Banks of the Ohio
New River Train
Little Sadie
Omie Wise
That'll Never Happen No More

Price: €33,99
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