The Guitar Handbook

by Ralph Denyer

(1982) Alfred A. Knopf #0-394-71257-9

Description One of the best reference books for beginners. Practically everyone I know owns a copy of this book. Get it.
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On 4/9/2003, Matthew Laham (4396) posted:
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This book is a must have for all guitarists. It tells you about great guitar innovators, and how to custom make as well as maintain you guitar. If there is anything you dont understand chances are its in this book.
Suitable for all skill levels of guitarists
On 2/2/2002, Tom Biglin (1159) posted:
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Wow! The more I read, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I want to read it.

You MUST have this book. It's that simple.
Suitable for all skill levels of guitarists
On 1/12/2001, Bill Dunlap (443) posted:
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This is a book I'd be lost without. It covers a bit of everything.

I've had mine since '86 (at least) and used it for everything from looking up chords, to learning (ok, trying to learn) inversions, to adjusting truss rods and more.
Suitable for all skill levels of guitarists
On 1/2/2001, Howard Owens (3129) posted:
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Every guitarist of every level should own a copy of this book.

It's articles about guitarists are inspirational and instructive.

It's sections on theory, etc. are essential.

And it tells you all of the technical basics you need to know about guitars and amps.
Suitable for beginner guitarists
On 10/12/2000, Brandon Luffman (111) posted:
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This is the ULTIMATE guitar book. There is literally nothing I would add to this book. It covers theory, history, repair, customization, learning (for beginners and experts), and just about any other aspect of the guitar you can think of. There's a great chord dictionary in the back. A section on various guitar manufacturers. Information on setting up and playing both live and in the studio. EVERYTHING. Just don't loan it to your friends.... they might not want to give it back! ;)
Suitable for all skill levels of guitarists
On 11/2/1999, Inactive Member posted:
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This book is fabulous. It contains chapters on the guitar pioneers, acoustic and electric guitars, technique, rhythm, melody, harmony, tips on maintenance and customizing guitars, amps, a bit on how to record, a chord dictionary, tons of scales and all the theory a beginner could want. Even experienced players might find some useful things in it. I've worn my copy out since I bought it in 1987 or so. There is a newer edition that updates the first chapter on influential guitarists etc. You gotta have this one.
Suitable for all skill levels of guitarists