Classic Gibson Bundle
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Bundle Includes: The Beauty of the ’Burst: Gibson Sunburst Les Pauls from ’58 to ’60 and Flying V, Explorer, Firebird: An Odd-Shaped History of Gibson's Weird Electric Guitars.
The Beauty of the ’Burst: Gibson Sunburst Les Pauls from ’58 to ’60. Author: Yasuhiko Iwanade, 8.5” x 11”, 216 pages. Soft Cover. Weight: 2.4 lb. Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 978-0-793573-74-5. Price: $39.00.
The Beauty of the ’Burst pays tribute to Gibson’s magnificent Sunburst Les Pauls made between 1958 and 1960, the most highly prized solidbody electric guitars ever, the magnitude of their value directly related to their look (outrageous wood patterns, or “figured” timber). The book features lavish full-color photos of these beautiful instruments throughout; the guitars of famous players; a foreword by Ted McCarty; a bio of the author, world renowned collector Yasuhiko Iwanade; and the “Science of the Burst” section with over 30 pages of detailed reference facts on every facet of the guitar, including colors, wood figure, pick-ups, hardware and qualities of “voice.” This may be the closest guitarists will ever be able to get to these incredibly collectible beauties!
Flying V, Explorer, Firebird: An Odd-Shaped History of Gibson's Weird Electric Guitars. Author: Tony Bacon, 8.”5 x 11”, 144 pages. Soft Cover. Weight: 1.6 lb. Publisher: Backbeat. ISBN: 978-1-61713-008-3. Price: $24.99.
Until the launch of the Flying V and Explorer in 1958, electric guitars were supposed to look like...guitars. Suddenly, Gibson turned conventional design upside down, almost literally, by using straight lines and angular body shapes, changing the way electrics could look and, in the process, creating a set of rare future collectables. Flying V, Explorer, Firebird tells the story of those first peculiar instruments, describes Gibson’s second attempt at nonstandard designs with the Firebird of the early ’60s, and details their influence on guitar-makers such as Hamer, Jackson, Dean, Ibanez, and BC Rich, all of whom embraced Gibson’s original weird-is-good design ethic. Interviews with players - including Zakk Wylde, the Edge, and Rick Nielsen - and makers illuminate the story of this fascinating assortment of electric guitar innovations, alongside specially commissioned images of every key model and brand and an enviable collection of guitar memorabilia, plus a gallery of leading guitarists photographed in action with their instruments. If it’s weird and has strings, it’s in Flying V, Explorer, Firebird.