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Ultimate Star Guitars

The Guitars That Rocked the World, Expanded Edition

Dave Hunter


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First published in 2010, expanded in 2017, and now available in a sleek paper-over-board format, Ultimate Star Guitars is the first illustrated history of iconic guitars and their owners—featuring more than 140 guitars and 120 guitarists in all!

Where other best-selling guitar histories look at the rank-and-file models, Ultimate Star Guitars is unique in profiling the specific favorites of famous players—oftentimes million-dollar babies, such as the 1968 Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix burned at Woodstock and which sold at Sotheby's in 1993 for $1.3 million. Among the stars and their guitars:
  • Kurt Cobain: 1969 Competition Series Fender Mustang
  • B. B. King: Gibson "Lucille"
  • Prince: Hohner HG490
  • Edward Van Halen: "Frankenstrat"
  • Neil Young: 1953 Gibson Les Paul "Old Black"

Guitar journalist Dave Hunter explains the stories behind each: the important sessions on which they were used, landmark tours and gigs on which they were played, modifications made by their owners, and more.

From twangy country to scorching metal, from full-throttle punk to sophisticated jazz, and from gut-punch blues to lo-fi indie rock, Ultimate Star Guitars is illustrated with performance and candid photography of the artists with their star guitars, relevant memorabilia, and more often than not, studio shots of the guitars or signature models based on them. It's an information-packed visual feast for guitar enthusiasts!

Crestline Books, 9780785838326, 352pp.

Publication Date: March 17, 2020

About the Author

Dave Hunter is an author, musician, and journalist. He is the author of several popular books about guitars, amps, and effects, including Voyageur Press's Star Guitars, The Fender Stratocaster, The Gibson Les Paul, and 365 Guitars, Amps & Effects You Must Play. A regular contributor to Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines, he resides in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.