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Gibson/Epiphone history; Books you recommend?


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I envy the knowledge of some of you. I would like to know more of Gibson and Epiphone history. The World Wild Web is a great source of info, but nothing beats a good read in a comfy chair and a glass/cup of your beverage of choice. Any particular book you would recommend? Nice big pictures would be nice!

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The two books that I have and highly recommend as good reading on The Gibson

Guitar Factory and the Les Paul are:

 

Gibson Guitars (Ted McCarty's Golden Era 1948-1966) by Gil Hembree,

with a forward by Seymore Duncan and a couple pages on Paul Reed Smith and

his dotted line connection with Ted McCarty who appears to be the real champion

behind the Les Paul, the Flying V, Explorer, the Tune-o-Matic and others.

 

The first part is interesting reading and he has black and white pics of Gibsons

and Epiphones from their 1960, 1961, 1963 and 1964 brochures.

The latter part is interviews with the original Kalamazoo Gibson workers who

actually worked on the guitars.

 

AND

 

50 years of the the Gibson Les Paul by Tony Bacon...chalked full of nice colour

pictures of pretty much every Les Paul since its creation to the present .

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I envy the knowledge of some of you. I would like to know more of Gibson and Epiphone history. The World Wild Web is a great source of info' date=' but nothing beats a good read in a comfy chair and a glass/cup of your beverage of choice. Any particular book you would recommend? Nice big pictures would be nice![/quote']

 

The two books Dan has previously mentioned are good as well as:

1. American Guitars- Tom Wheeler

2. Gibson Guitars-One Hundred Years Of An American Icon-Walter Carter

3. Anything by Tony Bacon- "Totally Guitar", "The Ultimate Book"

4. Gibson Electrics- A.R. Duchossoir

5. Gibson Electrics-The Classic Years

6. The Beauty Of The Burst-Yasuhiko Iwanade

7.The English language version of "The Gibson"

 

That should be enough to get you started.

 

...and Al's your uncle.

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