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.

Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars
Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars


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:
1Acoustic Guitars: The Illustrated EncyclopediaDave HunterMerchant Book Company Ltd.20031-904779-15-8
2Blues Guitars For DummiesJon ChappellWiley Publishing Inc2007978-0-470-04920-4
3Classic Electrics: A Visual History Of Great GuitarsWalter CarterOutline Press (Book Publishers) Ltd.2008978-1-906002-0
4The Electric GuitarPaul TrynkaVirgin Books Ltd.20010-7535-0653-X
5Electric Guitar Handbook: A Beginner's Guide To The Technical Aspects Of Guitar PlayingAlan RatcliffeNew Holland Publishers (UK) Ltd.2005978-1-84517-180-3
6Electric Guitars: The Illustrated EncyclopediaTony BaconMerchant Book Company Ltd.20001-904-779-14-X
7Fender: The Sound Heard 'Round The WorldRichard R. SmithHal Leonard19950-634-05875-4
8The Fender Electric Guitar Book: A Complete History Of Fender InstrumentsTony BaconBackbeat Books2007978-0-87930-897-1
9The Fender GuitarKen AchardMusical New Services Ltd.1977None
10The Fender Stratocaster: A Complete Guide To The History And Evolution Of The World's Most Famous GuitarA.R. DuchossoirHal Leonard19940-7935-4735-0
11Fender Stratocaster Manual: How To Buy Maintain The World's Most Popular Electric GuitarPaul BalmerHaynes Publishing2006978-1-84425-321-0
12The Fender Telecaster: The Detailed Story Of America's Senior Solid Body Electric GuitarA.R. DuchossoirHal Leonard19910-7935-0860-6
1350 Years Of Fender: Half A Century Of The Greatest Electric GuitarsTony BaconBackbeat Books20000-97930-621-1
1450 Years Of The Gibson Les Paul: Half A Century Of The Greatest Electric GuitarsTony BaconBackbeat Books20020-87930-711-0
15Gibson Electrics: An Illustrated History From The Mid-'30s To The Mid-'60sA.R. DuchossoirHal Leonard19940-7935-9210-0
16The Gibson GuitarIan C. BishopMusical New Services Ltd.1977None
17Gibson Les Paul Manual: How To Buy Maintain And Set Up The Legendary Les Paul Electric GuitarPaul BalmerHaynes Publishing2008978-1-84425-478-1
18Gruhn'’s Guide to Vintage Guitars: An Identification for American Fretted InstrumentsGeorge Gruhn and Walter CarterBackbeat Books1999978-0-87930-5
19Guitar For DummiesMark Phillips & Jon ChappellWiley Publishing Inc19980-7645-5106-X
20Guitar Heaven: The Instruments And Players That Electrified The Music Of Our LivesNeville MartenMitchell Beazley2007978-1-84553-304-1
21Guitar Identification: A Reference For Dating Guitars Made by Fender Gibson Gretsch and MartinA.R. DuchossoirHal Leonard1983978-1-4234-2611-0
22History of the American Guitar: 1833 to the Present DayTony BaconBackbeat Books2012978-1617130335
23The Official Vintage Guitar Magazine Price GuideAlan Greenwood & Gil HembreeVintage Guitar Books978-1-884883-19-4
24Six Decades Of The Fender Telecaster: The Story Of The World's First Solidbody Electric GuitarTony BaconBackbeat Books2005978-0879-30856-8
25The Ultimate Guitar BookTony BaconDorling-Kindersley19910-7513-4519-9
26Warman's Vintage Guitars: Field GuideDave RogersKP Books20050-89689-223-9

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Why not do a bit of shopping? The following links are to Amazon in the UK, if you want to purchase some of the more popular items in the bibliography. All links open in a new tab/window. (NB. These are affiliated links).

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