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Product Details

  • Paperback: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Centerstream Publications; 1 edition (Dec 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574242091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574242096
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #108,580 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Pickup Pick Me Up Jan. 12 2009
By Jeffrey Smith - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book looks terrible, but the info is great. The cover is slick, but the interior layout and design look bad--like photocopies and bad illustrations and clip arty. Lots of great info tho. The data is awesome, the presentation is just sub-par. Good for a history of electric guitar pick-ups. Good for the repair library and for concepts of design and the evolution of the technology. NOT A HOW-TO, this is a lovingly assembled history book for guitar freaks.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good, but won't help you build a pickup June 22 2011
By Jason D. - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As an amateur amp builder and pickup winder I found this book a little lacking. It contains a good bit of history, is laid out well and explains the functioning aspects/components of a pickup very well. But it doesn't really get into specifics on any pickups, nor does it cover a vast number of early designs or builders. I'll use P.A. Bigsby as an example here, he had a huge influence on the industry, built the first solid body electric guitar to be sold in the US and Les Paul helped him design the pickup, but this isn't in any book I've read on pickups.

That said, I'm happy with the book and recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a little more about pickups and/or the history of the electric guitar in general.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Top notch history lesson! June 19 2010
By Barry Clark - Published on
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First and foremost, this is not an instructional book (It doesn't promise to be, I am just saying...). It is, however, a GREAT historical account of pickups and their components.

Outside of a great read, it is also a great reference for vintage specs. I finished it in four days reading it every night as I went to bed since I got it.

For someone wanting to get into pickup winding, this book is a great kick-off point as I believe you can't really know what you are doing if you don't know what has been done... and why.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Useful Aug. 26 2008
By Roberto Gatti - Published on
Format: Paperback
I was looking for a collection of info on pickup technology and building.
From early attempt to catch mag-field variations to be converted in electrical signal, starting from singol coils to double coils (humbuckers), to the carachteristics of today reference pickup are collected in the book presented in historical sequence, with many examples of applications in the most famuos models of giutars and basses. Useful reference for pickup home making (material selection, design criteria, winding equipment) are presented as well. This book can be suggested to everibody interested both to pickup technology and history/evolution
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pickups, Windings and Magnets: ... And the Guitar Became Electric Oct. 14 2011
By Dmitry Nesterov - Published on
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The author took some pickups, windings and magnets and... made a great book! The one I`ll surely recommend to anybody interested in the subject. Truly interesting, detailed and well written. Easy to read even for those whose native language is not English. My respect to everyone who helped to make that book, their work gave me a much better understanding of what`s going on if the guitar becomes electric.