The Guitar Pickup Handbook: The Start of Your Sound (Anglais) Broché – 1 novembre 2008
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The pick-up may be a humble piece of technology, yet without it there would be no electric guitars. In The Guitar Pick-Ups Handbook,guitarist and author Dave Hunter explores the history of the transducer that captures mechanical vibrations, from its beginnings in the early 20th-century through to the present day. He explains why different designs affect thesound of classic electric guitars, and provides complementary aural demonstrations on a specially recorded accompanying CD.
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_ LIVRE : super historique du micro guitare (assez concis mais complet), marques Vintages+récentes, modèles +specs+références, interview des Fabricants. Pour les Tech très pointus, des extraits de brevets déposés !
_ CD : contient # 35 Samples « naturels » dans des conditions similaires des micros Vintages & Classics... génial !! On peut bien distinguer les différences de son .. quel temps gagné vs internet ! Si vous voulez acheter une guitare avec un son +/- précis : achetez ce livre avant... uniquement pour ce CD !
_ Petits défauts (quand même !) :
Comme dit ailleurs, il manque qq pages (!).
Par ailleurs, tout est en noir & blanc et assez dense donc pas toujours très fun à lire. Aussi, d'un côté les explications de Hunter sur le fonctionnement des micros sont trop simplistes et incomplètes, et de l'autre les Brevets seront « hermétiques » pour 90% des gens !
_ Mais en final : tout ça pour ce prix : c'est top !
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Even if you're just considering ordering a set or two of pickups, it's worth the $17 to read this book, and make sure you're getting the right set for you and your guitar. There's a lot of great information here.
Dave Hunter has (once again,) done a great job with this book. It discusses the history of pickups, from all the major companies. Then goes on to describe most of the major pickup makers, as well as many big boutique names like Lollar and Fralin.
His writing is clear, and to the point, and makes a sometimes tedious subject fun and interesting.
What's very useful is that it breaks down the specs of almost every pickup made by these makers, and gives a good description of the tone they produce, (the descriptions are independent of the makers descriptions.)
There's a lot of useful tech info, and specs, but plenty of stuff for just interesting reading.
The best part, imo, is the in-depth interviews with the makers.
Dave HUnter talkes to Kent Armstrong, Joe Barden, Larry Dimarzio and Steve Blucher, Seymour Duncan, Mike Eldred, (Fender Custom Shop,) Lindy Fralin and Jason Lollar.
It's interesting, for example, that Seymour Duncan designed the Alnico Pro II's for Billy Gibbsons, (as well as the Pearly Gates later on,) the Duncan Custom was for Santana, the Full Shred for Nancy Wilson, and his strat and tele pickups had input for Eric johnson, Mark Knofler, Ralph Trower, James Burton, Jerry Donahue, Albert Lee, on and on.
It's a recent book, and mentions the TQR articles on PAF's, and has a lot of information on Gibson's pickup history.
There's also a very useful CD that demos many different kinds of pickups, from several vintage PAF's, to boutique stuff and production line pickups. However, I DO wish the CD would separate the introductions, *which can be rather lengthy,) from the actual recordings of the pickups. This way, it would be much easier and more accurate to do side-by-side comparisons of pickups.
The big downside is that there appears to be an editing problem. I have a version with a black cover, and in the Dimarzio section, it seems like a page is missing,( pg. 134-136 don't follow.)
You could also argued that with the huge numbers of small hand-winders, it would be nice if the covered some of these makers as well, (WB, WCR, Tom Holmes, etc.)
I wouldn't be surprised to if save space, they cut out some of the more obscure names in pickup making.
That said, it's a very comprehensive book, and for the majority of its audience, it covers more than you'll ever need to know.
Anyway, the editing and CD track setup aside, it's a great resource, a fun read and provides great answer for many common pickup questions.
I also have Dave's book on guitar amps, and I enjoyed reading that. Overall, I think the amp book has more to offer. Plus, as other reviewers remarked, the editing in this book is so bad as to sometimes be distracting. Check out Dan Erlewine's "Guitar Player Repair Guide". He may inspire you to go out and wind your own!
I found, Pickups, Windings and Magnets: ... And the Guitar Became Electric by Mario Milan(?, to be a more comprehensive and better written history of pickups, but even it is pretty vague on details.
If you know nothing about the subject and are looking for a book that will help you select a pickup then this book might be for you, but I found it pretty useless.
This book is more a compilation of general information available on the manufacturers websites mostly American with a few of the authors favourites thrown in, you can forget any details from European or Asian manufacturers. The book could be titled 'History of American Pickup Making".
If you are looking for winding, polarity, spacing data or anything more than the resistance specs to reference your project you will need to look elsewhere.
It is a good read on the history of pickup development.
I just got my copy of this new book from Dave Hunter - one of the luckiest and most prolific authors I've found in years, if ever!
I'm into the last sections of this book - who knew that pickups could be so 'deep' in so many aspects of design, components, and ultimately placement - and can't say enough about why you should BUY and READ this book!
Dave has put out a series of books over the last several years, and with each one that I find, buy and read, I learn more than I have in the last 35+ years of playing about WHAT I own/owned and WHY I have been able to enjoy the toys I've had over the years.
I own every single book that he's authored concerning the guitar and amplifier for BackBeat books, and can't recommend his tomes enough. Dave manages to enlighten me with every book - and this new one is no exception. While I've grown up in the age of after-market pickup offerings, I never really paid much attention to these 'manufacturers' or their products - yeah I've owned DiMarzios when they first came out, and of course Seymour Duncans, my 80's EMG's, and lately even Harmonic Designs. I've learned so much about WHY these offerings are/can be so different, for all of their outward similar appearances. I've also learned WHY some designs with similar 'ratings' sound so different, and WHY you shouldn't judge a pickup based solely on those ratings!
Dave does a great job in educating those of us who have taken these simple devices granted for many years, including enough background to make your head spin on the early attempts, up to and including the new 'vintage' market, but also delves into many aspects that we should all consider when upgrading our axes - this is a great one-stop resource if you're in the market at all for upgrading or even purchasing an axe that you can have customized from the get-go.
I've been aware of some personal preferences for guitar components over the years, but Dave Hunter has truly opened my eyes and educated me once again in a much deeper respect than I've ever gotten through any simple (skewed) marketing or (skewed) review.
Do yourself a favor, and RUN to the nearest book store (or Amazon as I did) and BUY this book! Even if you're not in the market, you need to know this information and READ about these wonderful gadgets!