Hal Leonard The Beauty Of The Burst BOTB

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Finally, the long-awaited English edition of this historic Japanese book is here! The Beauty of the 'Burst pays tribute to Gibson's magnificent Sunburst Les Pauls made between 1958 and 1960, the most highly prized solidbody electric guitars ever. The magnitude of their value is directly related to their look (outrageous wood patterns, or “figured” timber), since non-players are paying top dollar for them. The book features lavish full-color photos of these beautiful instruments throughout; the guitars of famous players; a foreword by Ted McCarty; a bio of the author, world renowned collector Yasuhiko Iwanade; and the “Science of the Burst” section with over 30 pages of detailed reference facts on every facet of the guitar, including colors, wood figure, pick-ups, hardware and qualities of “voice.” This may be the closest guitarists will ever be able to get to these incredibly collectible beauties!

  • By Yasuhiko Iwanade
  • With a foreword by Ted McCarty
  • In English language

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Language English
Subject Guitars and Basses
Bonus Audio No
Number Of Pages / Voices / Length 216 Pages

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mike stormchaser, 05.01.2019
A must-have for any Gibson Les Paul player, enthusiast, scholar or collector.

It is the first and most notable compilation of 1958-1960 Les Paul (aka Bursts) photos and technical specs, in which not only will you find a lot of eye-candy, but also a lot of useful info on the evolution of 50's Les Pauls, hardware, wood, acoustics, finish and, of course, the PAF's.
It is somewhat a crossover between a holy scripture and a nudie magazine, featuring stars of the time.

Even though some of the content can nowadays be found online, there is a special appeal to browsing the printed version: it still has the power to take you places.
I go through BotB on weekend mornings, sipping coffee, and find myself either overcome by the need to play my Les Paul, or fantasizing about being a luthier, going through wild maple tops, shooting awesome sunburst finishes or, as many might, picturing myself playing a Burst.

So, if you're an ehtusiast, go for it.
PS: Thomann, looking forward to the "Burst Believers" series, by Vic DaPra ;)
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Great Book
25.02.2014
"The Beauty of the Burst" is a book about the Vintage Gibson sunburst Les Pauls of the late 50s.
The book contains of detailed pictures of many old Les Pauls. To every guitar there is some short text about the look and the history of this particular guitar.
on the first look, the most guitars look quite similar, but everyone has it's unique details.
In the end of the book there's an part about the parts of a les paul, which explains the woods and the hardware of these guitars.

I can recommend this book to every vintage Les Paul fan, who likes the small and sometimes big differences of the guitars of this era.

My personal favourite is on page 58 ;)
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A must have for lespaul lovers but needs some update
24.12.2015
if you are a lespaul lover this is the book that must not be missing from you library.
It has a lot of info about old bursts and beautiful photos of them (actually it is something like guitar porn)

What I didn't like is that it has not been updated for a long long time.
So many other bursts have emerged since it was last published which should be included as well (take for instance Joe Bonamassa's collection)
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The Les Paul Book
Max1959, 23.02.2014
This book is the Bible of Vintage Bursts, the holy grails of guitar, Gibson Les Pauls made in the Year 1958, 1959 and 1960.

That being said, most of us will never get a chance to see, feel and experience one of these fabled guitars personally and up close. Simply because in these three years only a few thousand were made, and they are as rare as highly sought after.

And even if you would be so lucky as to stumble across a burst, and even luckier yet to discover that it is for sale, you'd better be prepared to part ways with at least a 6 figure sum of hard earned money.

Enter: "Beauty of the Burst"
The author took it upon himself to research as much bursts as he could, and presents his findings in painstaking detail, with breathtaking photographs and an amazing array of background information.

In short, in this book each of these grandiose instruments gets the recognition it deserves, and what's more for the rest of us, who will probably never play such an instrument, to enjoy.
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