The Soul of Tone: Celebrating 60 Years of Fender Amps Hardcover – Sep 15 2007
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The CD is ok but I expected more. Greg Koch's over the top playing (and commentary) can get a bit annoying.
Also, they just don't cover enough amps for my taste. No tweed pro, no tweed super, not enough time on the bassman.
The CD's are broken into two CD's. Vintage and Modern.
When they are talking about vintage deluxes, Koch decides to demo and spend most time onthe '57 Tweed Deluxe REISSUE!!!!!!!!! This to me dropped them a star since that should have been placed on the modern CD.
I guess there is not enough time to cover everything but I wish he did more.
The idea of a short clip of every Fender amp model ever made played with a tele, strat and LP makes me salivate ;).
This CD was an attempt to do that but falls short IMHO. However, it's better than nothing.
I'm part way through the 3rd chapter, but I see myself reading it from cover to cover, and then looking for more. It makes me simultaneously want to play music AND build my own amplifier. The writing, in describing how the whole process of guitar amplification works, is the best I've yet seen. I've read enough about how electronic components work to be reasonably familiar with them, but Tom Wheeler writes in a way that I find *very* understandable and usable. He tells you how a component works, in a way that's true to the pure electronics aspect of it, but also how it works to change the sound. Then you know why a component is located, and used the way it is. You're not going to build an amplifier, using just this book, but you're going to understand a lot more about how that sound is generated.
But, this book does much, much more than talk about electronics. It's about Leo Fender, the Fender company, the amplifier industry, the development of 60 years worth of Fender's amplifiers, and how the music they produced affected our culture. And, it does a great job of it. It's accompanied by 2 CDs with sound samples of the various types of Fender amplifiers, so the reader can hear what's being described, instead of only imagining it.
So, if you like this kind of thing, then you will love this book, because it does superlative job of what it was created to do.
There are a tremendous amount of pictures and commentary from old time Fender employees and musicians throughout and this book is a GREAT buy for anyone that is a Fender enthusiast of any level.
If anything, I came away with a bit more of an appreciation for the non-vintage-style amps. Not that I would ever buy one, LOL.
The Soul of Tone provides enough detail about the history of Leo Fender's amplifiers to satisfy the most experienced collector, in a style that will hold the interest of a casual fan of popular music and its origins. I was attracted to the book as a reference tool (I try to buy most everything published about the modern guitar, bass, and amplifier topic), but found that it also offered some great stories about the people behind the brand, relationships with competitors, and how it all fit together. The photos are clear, plentiful, and cover the amps from the very beginning. Not much is left out out.
Two CDs are included with the book. One included provides (really well-played) examples of the sounds of the most commonly agreed-upon "choice" Fender amp models, by era and style. A second delivers a good representation of the current (modern and re-issued) tools available.
Anyone interested in having a guide for identifying and appreciating the nuances of the finest instrument amplifiers ever made must have this book. It's the best there is - so far.