Born in Renaissance Europe, the guitar has found its greatest popularity, and its widest range of forms and playing styles, in the New World. In the past two centuries, American musicians, playing everything from blues to western swing to rock 'n' roll, and companies like Martin, Gibson, and Fender have virtually redefined the instrument. American trends and innovation have, in turn, traveled back across the Atlantic, where Europeans continue to push the limits of what a guitar can be and do.
This book of thirty postcards features forty-nine classic guitars selected by historian and musician Robert Shaw, the author of Great Guitars. Accompanying the images are Shaw's engaging notes on the instruments' history and the musicians who have played them. These extraordinary guitars are sure to fascinate and delight---whether you're a player, luthier, collector, or simply an admirer of superb craftsmanship.