I like to collect guitar books. There are lots of great ones out there. Aspen Pittman’s The Tube Amp Book. The Book of Orange. The Stompbox: A History of Guitar Fuzzes, Flangers, Phasers, Echoes and Wahs by Art Thompson. All are packed with accurate information, historical tidbits, rare documentation and beautiful photos.
Then there’s this.
Collectables: Guitars. I found this little beauty at a discount bookstore the other day. And boy am I glad I did, because there’s absolutely nothing else like it in my library. Why? Well, with apologies in advance to the author, let’s just say a little bit of proofreading goes a long, long way. Maybe the following misprints explain why the book was only five bucks at a discount bookstore.
The first few pages are pretty inoffensive. Some catalog shots of various guitars, a few basic specs, the names of a couple of artists who play them. Y’know, it’s the kind of book that someone who doesn’t know anything about guitar might buy a guitarist for Secret Santa at work.
Then I saw this: