Paul Balmer, author of nine Haynes guitar manuals, will be signing copies of his most recent title, the Gibson SG Manual, at Corby Library on May 31st from 6.30-8.30pm. He will also be talking about his other Haynes’ titles and will be offering free set-up advice to anyone who brings their own instrument.
Introduced in 1961, the Gibson SG (‘Solid Guitar’) is Gibson’s biggest-selling guitar of all time, and is synonymous with Angus Young (AC/DC lead guitarist),Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) and Robby Krieger (The Doors).
Released to coincide with the re-launch of Black Sabbath - and their first tour in 17 years – the Gibson SG Manual is a detailed step-by-step guide to buying, maintaining and setting up a Gibson SG includes a foreword by the band’s lead guitarist Tony Iommi and features a number of his famous guitars throughout the book.
The SG was originally produced as a more easily manufactured ‘mass production’ version of the Les Paul - sales of which were diminishing at the time - but the solid-bodied SG soon became a revered instrument in its own right. Superbly illustrated and designed, this manual includes case studies of key models – everything from a vintage SG ‘Les Paul’ to a 2011 SG 50th Anniversary model – but also gives appropriate attention to today’s affordable Epiphone versions, Specials, Juniors and Melody Makers.
About the author
Paul Balmer has played and taught guitar for 50 years. His background includes broadcasting (TV and radio), video/DVD production and authorship of several books. Besides Haynes’s highly praised series of guitar manuals, and the Drum-Kit Manual, he has written the acclaimed official biography of Stephane Grappelli, the jazz violinist, and is a contributor to the Penguin Encyclopaedia of Popular Music. He lives in Oakley Vale, Northamptonshire
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