In addition to the Internet based resources out there, there is always good, old-fashioned, tried-and-trusted paper-based technology. These are strange physical objects that we used to know as… books. Here are a few that might be of interest to guitar lovers. Some of these are currently published, others are long since out of print, some are regularly updated, while others are pretty much one-offs.

This list is a bit of fun and is not intended to be comprehensive. The odd error may also have crept in, so I wouldn’t rely on it as a robust source of research material. Apologies too if I’ve missed anything crucial. For info, I have NO affiliation with any of the authors or publishers listed…


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Guitar Books:
1A Concise History of the Classic GuitarGraham WadeMel Bay Publications Inc.2001978-078-664-978-5
2A Concise History of the Classic Electric GuitarAdrian IngramMel Bay Publications Inc.2001978-078-669-228-6
3Acoustic Guitars: The Illustrated EncyclopediaDave HunterMerchant Book Company Ltd.20031-904779-15-8
4An Illustrated History and Directory of Acoustic GuitarsDr James WestbrookAnness Publishing Ltd.2015978-1-78019-374-8
5An Illustrated History and Directory of Electric GuitarsTerry BurrowsAnness Publishing Ltd.2015978-1-78019-420-2
6Blues Guitars For DummiesJon ChappellWiley Publishing Inc2007978-0-470-04920-4
7Classic Electrics: A Visual History Of Great GuitarsWalter CarterOutline Press (Book Publishers) Ltd.2008978-1-906002-0
8The Electric GuitarPaul TrynkaVirgin Books Ltd.20010-7535-0653-X
9Electric Guitar Handbook: A Beginner's Guide To The Technical Aspects Of Guitar PlayingAlan RatcliffeNew Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd.2005978-1-84517-180-3
10Electric Guitars: The Illustrated EncyclopediaTony BaconMerchant Book Company Ltd.20001-904-779-14-X
11Fender: The Sound Heard 'Round The WorldRichard R. SmithHal Leonard19950-634-05875-4
12The Fender Electric Guitar Book: A Complete History Of Fender InstrumentsTony BaconBackbeat Books2007978-0-87930-897-1
13The Fender GuitarKen AchardMusical New Services Ltd.1977None
14The Fender Stratocaster: A Complete Guide To The History And Evolution Of The World's Most Famous GuitarA.R. DuchossoirHal Leonard19940-7935-4735-0
15Fender Stratocaster Manual: How To Buy Maintain The World's Most Popular Electric GuitarPaul BalmerHaynes Publishing2006978-1-84425-321-0
16The Fender Telecaster: The Detailed Story Of America's Senior Solid Body Electric GuitarA.R. DuchossoirHal Leonard19910-7935-0860-6
1750 Years Of Fender: Half A Century Of The Greatest Electric GuitarsTony BaconBackbeat Books20000-97930-621-1
1850 Years Of The Gibson Les Paul: Half A Century Of The Greatest Electric GuitarsTony BaconBackbeat Books20020-87930-711-0
19Gibson Electrics: An Illustrated History From The Mid-'30s To The Mid-'60sA.R. DuchossoirHal Leonard19940-7935-9210-0
20The Gibson Guitar: From 1950Ian C. BishopMusical New Services Ltd.1977None
21The Gibson Guitar: From 1950 Vol. 2Ian C. BishopThe Bold Strummer Ltd19900-933224-47-8
22Gibson Les Paul Manual: How To Buy Maintain And Set Up The Legendary Les Paul Electric GuitarPaul BalmerHaynes Publishing2008978-1-84425-478-1
23Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars: An Identification for American Fretted InstrumentsGeorge Gruhn and Walter CarterBackbeat Books1999978-0-87930-5
24Guitar Effects Pedals: The Practical HandbookDave HunterBackbeat Books2004978-0-87930-806-3
25Guitar For DummiesMark Phillips & Jon ChappellWiley Publishing Inc19980-7645-5106-X
26Guitar Heaven: The Instruments And Players That Electrified The Music Of Our LivesNeville MartenMitchell Beazley2007978-1-84553-304-1
27Guitar Identification: A Reference For Dating Guitars Made by Fender Gibson Gretsch and MartinA.R. DuchossoirHal Leonard1983978-1-4234-2611-0
28History of the American Guitar: 1833 to the Present DayTony BaconBackbeat Books2012978-1617130335
29The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price GuideAlan Greenwood & Gil HembreeVintage Guitar Books978-1-884883-19-4
30Six Decades Of The Fender Telecaster: The Story Of The World's First Solidbody Electric GuitarTony BaconBackbeat Books2005978-0879-30856-8
31The Ultimate Guitar BookTony BaconDorling-Kindersley19910-7513-4519-9
312Warman's Vintage Guitars: Field GuideDave RogersKP Books20050-89689-223-9
33Zen and the Art of Guitar: A Path to Guitar MasteryJeff PeretzAlfred Publishing Co.20120-7390-2817-0

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