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Guitar books
Our suggestions for Vintage guitar and bass books with info on pricing, brands and guitar history
 

Here are a few of our favorite Vintage Guitar Books with
information on prices, values, history and guitar care.


There are literally hundreds of books on the subject of collecting guitars, including the Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide, Gruhn's Guide to Guitar values and The Beauty of the Burst which are three of our favorite guitar books.  Over the years we have a number of favorites we like to recommend.  Here's our list of informative books on vintage guitar prices, collecting vintage guitars, dating guitars, serial numbers and collecting guitars.

 

Our Favorite Guitar Books

The Official Vintage Guitar Price Guide -2012 This is a great way to check on vintage guitar models and prices.  This year most vintage guitar prices are down significantly. The Vintage Guitar Magazine price guide continues to be the most accurate, authoritative source for vintage and used guitar prices. , and detailed publications. It values on thousands of vintage and recent-model guitars, amps, basses, effects pedals, mandolins, lap steels, and ukuleles. The VG Price Guide provides prices on used and vintage guitars.   The OFFICIAL VINTAGE GUITAR PRICE GUIDE is a must have reference vintage guitar book.

Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars - Authors George Gruhn and Walter Carter have written an excellent book which can help you date your vintage guitar using serial numbers, construction methods and options. 

Gibson Shipment Totals - This great reference guide is a must for the collector or dealer of vintage Gibson guitars, basses, mandolins, ukes, steels, banjos and amps.  Gibson Shipment Totals, 1937-1979 is a new guitar reference book for the guitar collector, dealer, player and enthusiast. This 64-page book covers all Gibson instruments and all the popular models such as the Les Paul, SG, Flying V, Firebird, L-5, Super-400, J-45, J-200, LG-1, F-5 and others. Over 1.6 million Gibson instrument shipments are listed by model name and year.  Don't forget to check out the OFFICIAL VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE PRICE GUIDE as well.

 

Gibson Electrics - Here's the first vintage guitar book ever to present a complete and illustrated history of all guitars ever produced by one of the world's most prestigious musical instrument manufacturers. All information is based on Gibson's own documents and literature.  A Gibson guitar collector favorite.

 

The Bass Book - The fourth in a series (The Fender Book, The Gibson Les Paul Book, The Rickenbacker Book), The Bass Book offers a complete illustrated history of bass guitars from Fender's first in the 1950s through the models of the next 40 years that formed the foundation for modern music. The bass guitar is undoubtedly one of the most significant instruments of this century, yet this book is the first to study its history.   A good vintage bass book.

 

The Stratocaster Chronicles - The world's most famous guitar had a golden anniversary in 2004, and this official, authorized book/CD package offers the best photos, quotes, facts and sounds to properly celebrate this achievement. From Buddy Holly to Jimi Hendrix to today's hottest players, the Fender Stratocaster defines rock'n'roll for generations of fans and players.

The Beauty and the Burst - Finally, the long-awaited English edition of this historic Japanese book is here! The Beauty of the 'Burst pays tribute to Gibson's magnificent Sunburst Les Pauls made between 1958 and 1960, the most highly prized solid body electric guitars ever.   This is an excellent book for Gibson enthusiasts, the photos are amazing.

 


 
 
 

Our Best Picks for Guitar Books for the casual vintage guitar buyer and the serious vintage guitar collector.

 

                              

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