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Guitar Tone Book by Mitch Gallagher | A Guide to Equipment Choices and Tone-shaping Techniques - Paperback
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Zero In on Your Signature ToneGuitar Tone: Pursuing the Ultimate Guitar Sound helps you get there. Filled with the considerable acumen of tone guru Mitch Gallagher, this book takes you on a guided tour of gear choices and examines the tone-shaping techniques of guitar luminaries. Vintage vs. new, boutique vs. mainstream, modern vs. retro - all is laid bare for your consideration. Throughout, Guitar Tone strives to separate fact from myth and inspects each component's contribution to the overall tone of your guitars and other equipment. In your quest for the ultimate tone, it's essential to have a trusty roadmap. Let Guitar Tone: Pursuing the Ultimate Guitar Sound be yours.
About the Author:
Mitch Gallagher, Editorial Director here at Sweetwater Sound, has over 30 years of professional experience in the music industry. His background includes a degree in music as well as extensive graduate studies in electronic music composition and classical guitar. A well-respected author, teacher, touring and studio musician, recording engineer, project studio/multimedia production company owner, studio consultant/technology expert, and Grammy-winning composer, Mitch hosted hundreds of studio recording, live sound, and MIDI seminars and classes prior to being named Senior Technical Editor of Keyboard magazine in 1998. In 2000, Mitch assumed the Editor's chair at EQ magazine, and he joined Sweetwater in 2005. He's published well over 1,000 articles in music, guitar, and recording publications, and his monthly column, "Guitar Tracks," currently appears in Premier Guitar magazine. In addition to freelance writing and editing, he is an adjunct faculty member at Indiana University/Purdue University Fort Wayne. Mitch possesses a rare gift for wringing the last ounce of tone from stringed instruments.
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Reviewsbased on 7 reviews
by Anthony Boncoraglio from Manalapan NJSuper book I thought I knew what there was to know about Guitar playing.
March 27, 2013
Music Background: Student Hobbyist
I was so wrong this book really opened up my eyes. Mitch laided it out really good so every could understand. Thank you ... read more [+]sweetwater for this book and the great service.
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by Tony from South Bend, INThis book is very well written and covers a lot of ground. This book tells how the build and material of a guitar affects tone. How different speaker cabinets, tubes, and,foot pedals play their roll ... read more [+]in shaping tone. It tells how some of the top guitar players get their tone. I would recommend this book to anyone that plays guitar. close [-]
August 21, 2012
Music Background: Hobbyist
by jl fromI think Mitch did a great job explaining the various elements that go into getting the tone you want. I would highly recommend this book to anyone searching for his or her own sound. Thanks Mitch and ... read more [+]thanks Sweetwater. close [-]
January 23, 2012
by Ward fromMitch Gallagher's book is a treasure. It's a LOT more than it's modest-title implies: it's more like "A Complete Guide to Electric Guitars-and Amplifiers for Novices and Experts Alike, As Considered F... read more [+]rom the-Perspective of Tone, With an Informative Compendium of Great-Guitarists, Their Gear, and Their Techniques." (Somehow I don't think-the editors would've gone for that title.)-Though not exactly an encyclopedia, it has the same kind of scope and-exhaustive detail; yet it is very readable, such that even a-non-guitarist would probably find it interesting. But it is no-"Beginner's Guide to Guitar Tone"; I'll bet that most long-experienced-pros will be surprised to find how much they learn from this book. It-has the feel of a reference book, something you'd return to time and-again, as your own knowledge and experience grew.
December 13, 2011
Also, though certainly not a "buyers' guide", it contains more than-enough information to lead both novice buyers and seasoned pros to-intelligent, personalized choices regarding new or vintage guitars,-amps, stompboxes, software, aftermarket products, and even strings and-picks.-And in the end, it is all about tone: every detail of every chapter is-considered from the perspective of tone. How does the wood of a guitar-body affect tone? How does the material a bridge is made of affect-tone? How do amplifier tubes affect tone? And so on. In fact, at the-end of each chapter is a table listing the various parameters-discussed, summarizing their contribution to tone.
The section on "Iconic Guitarists" (he lists fifteen) would almost be-worth the price of the book; in fact, I could imagine this expanding-into the second volume of a two-volume set, so as to include even more-great players. And I'm sure some readers will grouse over the-exclusion of one or another player who they thought should be included-in this section. But Mitch's main criterion for inclusion here had to-do with the unique, recognizable sound each of the players is known-for, not necessarily their virtuoso skill or popularity with fans. And-as with the rest of the book, detail is plentiful, and often (very-authoritatively) pokes holes in the myths and legends surrounding-guitars and players. close [-]
Just try and find a better book on the subject...AMAZING!
by Jason from Birmingham and Nashville, USAOk, i'll admit it: I have a problem.
November 22, 2011
Music Background: Guitarist, Recording Engineer, Songwriter, Pro Musician, Teacher, Bassist, Singer, others...
I'm a tone freak. But I'm not alone. I think all of us guitarists are always searching for "THAT" sound. Whether for inspiration, to emulate what ot... read more [+]hers have done, or to build our "tonal library", we're always looking for "that" sound, when in reality, we all know there isn't just one---there are INFINITE sounds that a guitar, its amplification, and the effects chain (if used) can make.
I was skeptical about this book at first, but I couldn't resist it. It is a LARGE tome. QUITE detailed. Mitch has done his research. You can use this book to get specific sounds not just from specific artists, but from specific artists in certain eras defined by their recordings, which is EXTREMELY helpful.
Once I started looking through this book, I could NOT put it down and in fact read every line. I thought I knew a LOT about guitar sounds and what works and why, etc., but I obviously didn't know asmuch as I thought I did. I really appreciate that mitch didn't just list what people used, but HOW they used them, both live and in the studio. I'm impressed.
Of course, there's always room for more detail in a book like this, but so far,nothing like it has come close.
Congrats, Mitch, on such a great release. And, guitarists, get this book! close [-]
Wyndell, Mckinney, TX