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Pickups, Windings and Magnets: ... And the Guitar Became Electric [Paperback]

Mario Milan

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Book Description

Dec 1 2006 Guitar
(Guitar). Guitar collectors rejoice! The first book to examine pickups in detail is here! Covers everything from the first experiments to classic models conceived for Rickenbacker, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Danelectro, Epiphone and others, with an overview of Japanese and European manufacturers. Includes a 32-page color section of the most popular models and rarities, a timeline, info on building pickups and technical specs, and biographical notes on George Beauchamp, Leo Fender, Seth Lover, Larry DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan.

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  • 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: #278,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pickup Pick Me Up Jan. 12 2009
By Jeffrey Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch history lesson! June 19 2010
By Barry Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful Aug. 26 2008
By Roberto Gatti - Published on Amazon.com
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
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but won't help you build a pickup June 22 2011
By Jason D. - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good history lesson May 8 2013
By Reese - Published on Amazon.com
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Pretty well written and a good lesson on the development of pickups. Was hoping for more tech details but I do enjoy rereading it periodically.

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