The Guitar Handbook, by Ralph Denyer

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  1. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

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    Jul 23, 2019
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    When I was in high school, soon after I got my first guitar, a starter acoustic Alvarez dreadnought with really high action, I got this book. This was a good source of information for a new guitar player thirsty for knowledge. Although it does seem to make more mention of Fender and Gibson, it does make some notable references to Gretsch.

    The detailed pictures of how guitars are made was probably instrumental in my decision to attempt to build my own Telecaster in college. Lots of info on chords and scales, and short bios of innovative guitar players, including Gretsch players Eddie Cochran, Duane Eddy, and Bo Diddley. While they have Fender and Gibson on the front cover of the new edition, the back cover has a Chet Atkins Gretsch. I think I may have loaned my copy of the 1982 edition book to someone and never got it back, but I enjoyed the trip down memory lane going through the updated 1992 edition that I found in my local library.

    Just sharing this to make the suggestion that this may be a good gift for some new guitar player, of any age, that you might know who is just getting started on their guitar journey.

    https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/the-guitar-handbook_ralph-denyer/259329/all-editions/

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  2. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    According to Amazon, this book is a lot older and more valuable than any of us realize! :D

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  3. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

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    No wonder it costs so much: it was printed on a Gutenberg press!
     
  4. Highroller

    Highroller Synchromatic

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    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    Yep, that's the exact version I've had since the mid 80's - the black one with the EB-0 on the cover, not the 1672 edition! o_O

    There's parts of it I haven't looked at since I bought it, but the section on maintenance and setup has been priceless over the years. An excellent resource for taking the mystery out of how to get your guitar sounding and playing its best. Highly recommend it.
     
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  5. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
    I have the French edition, called "La Guitare". A very good book, indeed...

    A+!
     
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  6. JC higgy

    JC higgy Friend of Fred

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    Jun 6, 2008
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    I still have my copy too, the one with the Gibson head on the front!
     
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  7. Rock Lajoint

    Rock Lajoint Gretschie

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    Nov 16, 2014
    Sussex, England
    I have the 1758 edition...
     
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  8. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    The 1672 edition is much thinner, and only printed in Latin.
     
  9. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

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    Jul 23, 2019
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    That must have been the first edition entitled “The Lute Handbook.”
     
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  10. dswo

    dswo Electromatic

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    Apr 8, 2017
    East Carolina
    My parents gave me that book for my fifteenth birthday, in 1985.
     
  11. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Synchromatic

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    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    I have that original black cover with the 3 guitars book, 1982 edition, but it’s not the hardcover version. I’ve had it for about 35 years, and still refer to it once in a while. Great info in there.
     
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  12. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Dec 23, 2010
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    Nothing like a good book ..............
     
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  13. GlenP

    GlenP Gretschie

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  14. dlew919

    dlew919 Synchromatic

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    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    It’s the book which taught me more about guitar than any other in my early days. Still look at it from time to time.


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  15. Scooter127

    Scooter127 Synchromatic

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    Feb 25, 2019
    USA
    I had that book and wish I still did. It got killed when a clogged A/C drain line flooded a closet in an aaprtment.
     
  16. Jelly Roll Horton

    Jelly Roll Horton Synchromatic

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    Nov 10, 2017
    Portland, OR
    What I have always liked about that book is that it is not just a collection of how-to riffs with tabs. It’s about guitars and how to get the most out of playing (with) them, and that is info I can review over and over, and have since I first saw it in 1985.
     
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  17. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Feb 6, 2015
    In the USA
    I bought a copy in 1984; the year I first started playing guitar.

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  18. dswo

    dswo Electromatic

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    Apr 8, 2017
    East Carolina
    I don't know where my 1985 copy is, but I found one a few years ago and noticed (a) Jimmy Page isn't mentioned in the section on great guitarists; (b) there's nothing about CAGED in the whole book. Interesting to see how things have changed.
     
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