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Guitar Amps & Effects for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Guitar Amps & Effects 5 Chapter 1: The Concept of Tone for Creative Guitarists 7 Chapter 2: Making Your Signal Chain Work for You 17 Chapter 3: Aural Delights: Variety in Tone 29 Part II: Grab a Guitar: It's Your Signal Generator 39 Chapter 4: Understanding the Major Electric Guitar Designs 41 Chapter 5: Guitar Pickups and Electronics 71 Chapter 6: Guitar Hardware 97 Chapter 7: Caring for Your Guitar 117 Part III: The Amplifier: More Than Just Loud 133 Chapter 8: Looking Inside the Major Amp Designs 135 Chapter 9: Choosing the Right Amp for You and Your Music 161 Chapter 10: Understanding Tube Types and Tone 181 Chapter 11: Going from Amp to Ears: Speakers and Cabs 201 Chapter 12: Tips, Tricks, and Basic Amp Maintenance 217 Part IV: Effects Pedals: Fuzz, Filth, Wobble, and Echo 235 Chapter 13: Discovering the Major Types of Effects 237 Chapter 14: Rack Units, Stand-Alones, and Multi-Effects 263 Chapter 15: Setting Up and Using Your Effects 273 Part V: The Part of Tens 291 Chapter 16: Ten Classic Rigs 293 Chapter 17: Ten Iconic Tone Recordings 301 Index 305

About the Author

Dave Hunter has made a career out of explaining the relationships between guitars and amp tone, and the technology that creates it. He has authored or coauthored dozens of books on guitar topics, columns in Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines, and is considered a top authority on amps and effects.

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