Guitar Tone: Pursuing
the Ultimate Guitar
By Mitch Gallagher
I worked with Mitch when
he was editor of EQ, and
I was always impressed
with his recording chops, tech knowledge,
and love of all things guitar. This exhaus-
tive book spotlights Mitch’s expertise and
enthusiasm for crafting guitar tone. It’s one
heck of a data dump, but from guitars to
amps to pedals to cables, cabs, and picks,
no sonic stone is left unturned. He even dis-
sects the tonal recipes of 15 guitar heroes,
including Hendrix, Page, The Edge, and
Van Halen. It’s easily the best and most
comprehension tome on tone I’ve read to
date. Course Technology.
Vinyl Tap Stories
By Randy Bachman
Vinyl Tap is the name of
Bachman’s CBC radio
show in Canada, where
he spins tracks and shares
tales of his amazing life in rock. The book
is a homey collection of bite-sized tales
about Bachman’s early years, the Guess
Who, BTO, his guitars, interactions with
stars, and more. It’s a fast and enjoyable
read, but nothing goes very deep. I was
hooked in, but left unsatisﬁ ed—some-
thing the man’s brilliant songs would
never do. Viking Canada.
this 2011 release.
The album sound
sits deep in the
’80s shred era, but Kusterer—a member
of the Air Force band who was covered
in the December 2011 GP—is a very
musical cat who pulls soaring melodies
and edgy yet silky tones from his Buddy
Blaze guitars. Jennifer Batten is a fan!
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