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The Soul of Tone: Celebrating 60 Years of Fender Amps Hardcover – Sep 15 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634056131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634056130
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 3.4 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is simply an amazing book. Beautiful pictures, lots of insight into why the amps work how they do. There are chapters on speaker selection, baffle boards, background on the development of main staple circuits.... It is jam packed and will give hours if not months and years of enjoyment for Fender amp lovers.
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Fender Amps are great a excellent book lots of reading and pictures and two cds in the back of the book ,LOVE IT ,THANK YOU AGAIN AMAZON !!!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x995ddd20) out of 5 stars 52 reviews
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9959f780) out of 5 stars Great Read - Good CD Jan. 7 2008
By Lens Guy - Published on
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This is really a treasure of information on Fender amps with enough pix to make you salivate.

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.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9959f9cc) out of 5 stars I LOVE this book Oct. 29 2007
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I'm gradually becoming an avid amp fan. I have a technician's training, but little hands-on electronics experience. I've been playing guitar since my early teens, so that's over 40 years, now. In the past few years, I've bought several guitars and amps, and I'm having a great time with them. For whatever reason, I'm loving the electronics side of it. And I'm absolutely loving this book. For sure, it's not for everybody, although I *can* see this as a coffee table book, for the great photos, the musicians' quotes, and because I think a lot of people are attracted to music, bands, and instruments, etc.

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.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9959f990) out of 5 stars The Soul of Tone is OUTSTANDING!!! Nov. 21 2007
By Kenny C. - Published on
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This book is second to none in information about the history of Fender Amps!

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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9959fe88) out of 5 stars Whew, I finally finished it! Oct. 21 2009
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Well I've had this book for 3 1/2 months and I finally finished it this morning. There sure is a lot of stuff in there. I can't say I enjoyed it as much as The Stratocaster Chronicles but it was still a great read. On the negative side, the chapter on electronics was a bit painful. As a 30-year electrical engineer, reading the amateurish attempts at explaining electronics made me cringe. I think the author should have gotten someone else to write that chapter. Towards the end there is a discussion of "true point-to-point" vs. eyelet board construction. What's conspicuously missing there is a comparison to PC board construction, which tends to be a very controversial topic. Also missing was any mention of the Amp Can, other than a photo.

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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9959fd20) out of 5 stars Soul of Tone Tells the Whole Story Dec 2 2007
By Blair Davey - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I bought my first Fender amp from Robb Lawrence in San Diego, in 1973. It was a 1964 Blackface Super Reverb - and I thought I'd never need or want another amp - but it was just the beginning. I've collected Fender amps since before they were "vintage", and sold more choice pieces than I care to remember - but kept some great examples, too. My current favorite is a 1956 5E3 narrow-panel Deluxe - but about the book......

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.