The guitar : tracing the grain back to the tree /

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The University of Chicago Press,, Chicago, United States ;, p.1 online resource (284 pages) : (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst00949145, (OCoLC)fst00949190, (OCoLC)fst01001952, (OCoLC)fst01003543, (OCoLC)fst01179191, bisacsh, Construction, Construction., fast, Guitar, Guitar makers., Logging., Lumber trade., MUSIC / General., Wood.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Introduction -- Guitar worlds. The guitar ; The factory ; The sawmill -- Into the forest. Rosewood ; Sitka ; Koa ; Guitar futures."Guitars inspire cult-like devotion: an afficionado can tell you precisely when and where their favorite instruments were made. And she will likely also tell you about the wood they were made from and its unique effects on the instruments' sound. In Following Guitars, Chris Gibson and Andrew Warren trace guitars all the way back to the tree. It is a book about musical instrument making, the timbers and trees from which guitars are made. It chronicles the authors' journeys across the world, to guitar festivals, factories, remote sawmills, Indigenous lands, and distant rainforests, in search of the behind-the-scenes stories of how guitars are made, where the much-cherished guitar timbers ultimately come from, and the people and skills involved along the way. The authors are able to unlock insights on longer arcs of world history: on the human exploitation of nature, colonialism, industrial capitalism, and cultural change. They end on a parable of wider resonance: of the incredible but unappreciated skill and care that goes into growing and felling trees, milling timber, and making enchanted musical instruments; set against the human tendency to reform our use (and abuse) of natural resources only when it appears too late"--Online resource; title from PDF title page (ProQuest Ebook Central, viewed May 17, 2021).