"Wow! A really unique book that takes a breathtaking tour of more than 300 of today's most creative, imaginative, and gorgeous hand-made guitars -- all illustrated in vibrant full color photos with specs for each guitar and personal statements and anecdotes from the luthiers who made them. The past 25 years have seen an explosion of craftspeople who build guitars by hand, employing an attention to detail, higher quality materials and more technical skill than in any previous era. This book showcases an incredible variety of guitars made by these luthiers, from elegant parlor guitars and innovative classicals to wildly shaped electrics and guitars with seven, ten, twelve or more strings. It's a feast for the eye, mind and soul of anyone who loves guitars."
- Elderly Instruments
"Music making aside, readers of this large book could be convinced that the guitar primarily exists as an art form. It is a lavishly illustrated book for the guitar connoisseur and will be treasured as such. Over 300 one-offs made by some of what the author terms the ‘explosion of craftspeople who build guitars by hand’ over the past 25 years are presented. This is not a how-to-make-a-guitar book. There are mostly one page ‘profiles’ of an instrument, its specs and its maker. The specs list the woods and materials used, the dimensions and suggested retail price. The shapes, use of timber, inlays, scrolling and detail work on these acoustic and electric instruments is astounding."
"Five stars! A beautiful book that honors the guitars and the luthiers. The first thing you notice is the elegant, artistic layout and spectacular photographs. Then you start to read a little here and there, soon finding that there is great research and writing to support the guitars. Although it is the sort of book that you usually flip through and read casually, I was so fascinated by the history and the philosophies of the guitar makers, I started reading every page from the beginning! It gives you a taste and makes you want to visit the shops and talk to the luthiers. I started fantasizing a road trip going from shop to shop, talking, playing, wishing I could buy... This is not a simple coffee table picture book - it is a beautiful celebration of guitars and their makers."