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Guitar: The World’s Most Seductive Instrument

Workman. Oct. 2019. 216p. photos. index. ISBN 9781523507726. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781523508501. REF
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In June, a guitar owned by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour set a worldwide auction record, selling for almost $4 million. Readers not ready to collect at that level can satisfy themselves with this compilation of 200 beautiful and noteworthy instruments from Schiller (The Little Zen Companion; “Guitars” wall calendar). Graphically pleasing designs and standout photos flanked by details of model, ownership, and provenance place each guitar in context. Historical notes and occasional musician bios add interest.
VERDICT Will likely find an audience, whether readers know their single coil from their humbucker pickup or just want a peek at Willie Nelson’s Trigger or one of Prince’s Clouds.

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