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Strat in the Attic

Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology

Strat in the Attic
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Format: Hardcover, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9780760343852
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Specs
Illustrations: 146 color & 44 b/w photos
Size: 6.25 x 9.25
Weight: 0.13 lb.
Published: Jun. 10, 2013
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Foreword
"This marvelous book [is] a perfect amalgam of precisely the kind of juicy details and vivid descriptions of rare and idiosyncratic instruments that guitar freaks crave and the compelling stories of the people whose lives have become enmeshed with these six- (and four- and eight- and twelve-) string masterpieces. On top of that, it's a great read. Deke Dickerson's love for guitars and his genius for finding some of the rarest birds in the musical aviary is matched by his not inconsiderable writing chops. The man knows how to tell a great story." - from the foreword by Jonathan Kellerman

Guitar sleuth and music-history detective Deke Dickerson tells the true tales behind 48 rare-guitar and amplifier finds that will make any player or collector green with envy. A hoarder's attic stuffed with nearly 600 vintage guitars still in their boxes. A mint 1954 Fender Telecaster tucked under a bed in a family friend's house. Jazz legend Charlie Christian's Gibson ES-250, spotted in a magazine ad. A rare-as-hen's-teeth Shoreline Gold '56 Fender Stratocaster hidden in attic for 30 years! These are just some of the stories to which Dickerson treats readers. These days, baby boomers who wish they'd been rock 'n' roll stars have shot the vintage guitar market into the stratosphere. And just as with classic valuable automobiles, finding that holy grail of a guitar stashed away beneath a bed, in a closet, in the dusty corner of a guitar shop, or up in an attic is something that all guitar aficionados dream of. Here are some of of those stories, related in compelling fashion by the author and illustrated with eimages of the rare finds.

Deke Dickerson is a music historian and guitar sleuth who writes for Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player, and The Fretboard Journal. He is the leader of the renowned rockabilly and country band The Ecco-Fonics and lives in suburban Los Angeles. Deke is the co-author of The Strat in the Attic: Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology (Voyageur Press, 2013) and the author of The Strat in the Attic II: More Thrilling Stories of Guitar Archaeology (Voyageur Press, 2014).

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Deke Dickerson (Los Angeles, CA) is a music historian who writes for Vintage Guitar, Guitar Player, and The Fretboard Journal. He is the leader of the renowned rockabilly and country band The Ecco-Fonics./www.dekedickerson.com
"Dickerson can also be considered the Indiana Jones of the guitar world, as he recounts his sleuthing, fact-checking, and the kind of tenacious investigating that'd make any CSI crime show detective envious." - Vintage Guitar
"This marvelous book [is] a perfect amalgam of precisely the kind of juicy details and vivid descriptions of rare and idiosyncratic instruments that guitar freaks crave and the compelling stories of the people whose lives have become enmeshed with these six- (and four- and eight- and twelve-) string masterpieces. On top of that, it’s a great read. Deke Dickerson’s love for guitars and his genius for finding some of the rarest birds in the musical aviary is matched by his not inconsiderable writing chops. The man knows how to tell a great story." — from the foreword by Jonathan Kellerman

“(Deke Dickerson is)  a gifted musician, writer, archivist and sleuth – clearly a hillbilly renaissance man – and knows how to spin an engaging yarn. The Strat in the Attic is a well written, high quality, full color book that will engage any active or armchair fan of electric guitars.” - All Music Books.com
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