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May 31, 2012

Book Review: Amped – The Illustrated History of the World's Greatest Amplifiers

Lately I have been reading, or should I say drooling over, a book called Amped – The Illustrated History of the World's Greatest Amplifiers. It's a coffee table style book, with great photos and accompanying interesting texts of some of the coolest and greatest amps in the world.

The author, Dave Hunter, covers sixty of the greatest guitar amplifiers created over the past 75 years. He starts with the 1937 Rickenbacker MIII and goes all the way through to a Dr. Z Carmen Ghia from 2011.

It's great book to have around the house. The text are short, and the photos are great. For guitar aficionados like myself, this book is like candy. It's really cool to read about legendary guitar amps of the 50's and 60's - what makes them special and how the compare to other amps.

The photos are fantastic, and the only bad thing I can say about the book is that it makes you want to go on eBay and look up the prices! That may be dangerous for the wallet.

Although it's understandable that every great and legendary amp ever made can't possibly be included, the ones that are here are good choices. There are some amps that could be argued are missing, such as the Peavey 5150, but overall, I think it's a good selection of legendary amps.

The book contains hundreds of classy looking technical photos, catalogs, oddities, failures, and the amps of the stars, from Jimi Hendrix to Stevie Ray Vaughan to Eric Clapton.

You can order Amped – The Illustrated History of the World's Greatest Amplifiers from Amazon.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on May 31, 2012

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