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American Basses An Illustrated History and Player's Guide

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ISBN-10: 0879307218

ISBN-13: 9780879307219

Edition: 2003

Authors: Jim Roberts

List price: $29.95
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The first comprehensive book on American-made electric and acoustic bass guitars, American Basses offers a wealth of well-researched information about all of the important builders, from one-man shops to the biggest manufacturers. Hundreds of full-color photos illustrate the wide range of instruments available, and special insider essays take you step by step through the bassmaking process, from concept and design to final setup. Includes how-to tips from top builders and designers on topics such as: neck and bridge setup; active vs. passive pickups; bolt-on vs. neck-through design; tonewood characteristics; defeating hum and buzz; string angle and tone; and more. "What a book! I feel much…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date: 5/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 210
Size: 8.00" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

A Note About Terminology
Designing a Bass: Three Views
Starting from Scratch
Making a Concept Come to Life
Breaking the Rules
Building a Bass: the Quest for Tone
Builder Profiles
Across the Pond(s): a Brief Look at the International Scene
Photo Credits
Inside Info
A Field Guide to Alembic Basses
Why Active?
The Luthier's Workshop: Tools and Safety
Demystifying Bass Setup
In Search of the Perfect Pickup
When Was It Made?
Building Berry Oakley Jr.'s "Tractor" Replica
Some Thoughts on Hardware and Pickups
The Woods of Ken Smith Basses
The Art and Science of Inlay
Neck Wood and Tone
Creating Signature Models
Good Fretwork--The Key to a Great Bass
Fingerboard Factors
How to Defeat Hum & Buzz
Active Electronics
Bolt-On vs. Neck-Through
String Angles & Tone