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.