Author: Yasuhiko Iwanade, 8.”5 x 11”, 216 pages. Soft Cover. Weight: 2.4 lb. Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 978-0-793573-74-5. Price: $39.00.
The Beauty of the ’Burst pays tribute to Gibson’s magnificent Sunburst Les Pauls made between 1958 and 1960, the most highly prized solidbody electric guitars ever, the magnitude of their value directly related to their look (outrageous wood patterns, or “figured” timber). The book features lavish full-color photos of these beautiful instruments throughout; the guitars of famous players; a foreword by Ted McCarty; a bio of the author, world renowned collector Yasuhiko Iwanade; and the “Science of the Burst” section with over 30 pages of detailed reference facts on every facet of the guitar, including colors, wood figure, pick-ups, hardware and qualities of “voice.” This may be the closest guitarists will ever be able to get to these incredibly collectible beauties!
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