Gibson Electrics: The Classic Years : an Illustrated History from the Mid-'30s to the Mid-'60s
(Book). Since the inception of the first "electrical" guitars in the 1920s, no other manufacturer has produced a greater variety of professional quality models than Gibson. This book presents a documented account of the instruments released during a highly creative period from the 1930s up to the mid-60s, which saw the coming of age of the electric guitar. It describes all the models that have made history and contributed to establishing the reputation of Gibson. This edition features over 500 illustrations, including 100 in color, and previously unpublished material.
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Who inverted the electric guitar?
The first production electrics 19351939
The second wave of prewar electrics 19401942
The early postwar era 19461948
The apogee of the amplified guitar 19481951
The first solid body electric 19511952
The expansion of the electric line 19531955
The first thinline electrics 19551957
The advent of the humbucking pickup 19551957
The Modernistic Guitars 19571959
The double cutaway thinkline electrics 19581960
The inception of restyled solid bodies 19581963
The hollow body artist models 19601965
The original Firebird series 19631965
The end of an era
14th fret acoustic Alnico Alnico pickups arch-top back and rims bar pickup Barney Kessel bass binding on top built Byrdland catalog cherry red courtesy Gil courtesy Gruhn discontinued dot inlays double cutaway shape dual pickup early 60s electric guitar electric Spanish guitar ELECTRONICS Epiphone f-holes factory records feature finish Firebird Florentine cutaway Gibson electrics Gibson logo inlaid guitarists Hank Garland headstock hollow body humbucking pickup inlaid in pearl jack input HARDWARE Kalamazoo Kluson late magnets mahogany Melody Maker neck-to-body junction nickel-plated metal one-piece mahogany patent Paul model pearl-inlaid peghead with Gibson photo John Sprung pickguard previous variant production registered scale length serial numbers Seth Lover SHIPPING TOTALS single cutaway single pickup specifications as previous specifications remained unchanged strings sunburst Super 400CES tailpiece Tal Farlow Ted McCarty thinline tone controls trapeze tailpiece Tune-0-Matic Tune-O-Matic Tune-O-Matic bridge unbound peghead unbound rosewood fingerboard Vibrola volume and tone Walter Fuller