Guitar An American Life

ISBN-10: 0802142583

ISBN-13: 9780802142580

Edition: N/A

Authors: Tim Brookes
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Description: How did a small, humble folk instrument become an American icon? Tim Brookes, a commentator and essayist on National Public Radio, set our to answer this question after baggage handlers destroyed his guitar. Pairing up with a master artisan from the Green Mountains of Vermont, Brookes sees how a rare piece of cherrywood is hued, dovetailed, and worked on with saws, rasps, and files, and learns that a dream guitar is built, not bought.

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

Intro
Meeting My Maker
The First Guitar
Choosing the Wood
Other Colonists: French and English Guitars
The Chain-saw Phase
Evanescence
Gluing and Voicing the Top
The Hawaiians Have Landed
Bending the Sides
The Starvation Box
Vertebrae n' Roses
Guitars and Guns
Desperadoes
Interlude: Dark Rectangles
Radio Castles in the Air
Interlude: The Worst Guitar
Wrestling the Rosette
The Guitar Breaks In
Interlude: Beating Canned Music
Hogging Off Wood
Bargaining With the Devil
Interlude: Nail Angst
Bearclaw
The Modern Age
Vacuum Packed
Postwar Ennui
Giblets
Killing for a Dime
Interlude: Brian Bull's Guitar
Love Me Tender / The Worst Trip
Scalloping the Braces
The Guitar Just Grabbed Me
Mummified
Something Is Happening
Inlay
Satisfaction
Interlude: Reducing Rick to Jelly
Guitar Rock Takes Over
Interlude: At the Isbin Concert
Applying the Finish
"Vintage" Guitars
Pickups
Sound Check
Setup
Once and Future
Gluing the Nut
Chapter Notes
Appendices
Glossary
Acknowledgments
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