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FEATURE BOOKS RECOMMENDED FOR THE ‘BURST ENTHUSIAST Robert Gearhart  If you saw the last issue describing the important different angles and a short description of each BURST BELIEVERS books on amplifiers, you may remember that I guitar, pointing out the highlights. The book by Vic DaPra am known as the AMPGUY. I am also a major also has detailed specs on these guitar and Printed in color for the most part, on glossy collector of all things guitar, including books. some interviews with the owners. It’s definitely paper in 2013, this is a really nice book to have. I own a recent Gibson Custom Shop R9 Les a “must have” book. My copy is a signed Tons of fantastic pictures and stories form Paul Reissue, which has amazing flame. This hardbound edition, #893 of 1000. the owners. There are 194 different ‘bursts is as close as I will ever get to owning a real 224 pages. featured by serial number and, surprisingly, few 1958 to 1960 Les Paul ‘Burst. But, then again, duplicates from the “The Beauty of the ‘Burst” I can afford the books on this guitar with their THE GIBSON ‘BURST 1958,’59,’60 book previously mentioned. Another “must amazing pictures. I have briefly reviewed the by Jay Scott and Vic DaPra have” for the ‘burst lover! Hardbound. best of the ‘Burst books below. One or two This 2006 book is really an update of the first 135 pages. editions are hard to find and expensive, but book that I reviewed previously. It is printed softbound editions are available. on glossy paper, which enhances the detail in SUNBURST: HOW THE GIBSON LES PAUL STANDARD the B&W and Color photographs (14 pages). BECAME A LEGENDARY GUITAR ‘BURST, 1958-’60 SUNBURST LES PAUL Many of the photographs seem to be of the by Tony Bacon by Jay Scott and Vic Pra guitar from different angles than their first book. Bacon is a prolific writer of all books guitar! This was the first book that I added to my This is another book that I would recommend. This 2014 book is printed on glossy paper collection in 1994. It features mostly B&W Hardbound. with the most verbiage of any of the previous pictures, with descriptions and serial numbers 127 pages. books, but still having lots of pictures. He of a number of ‘Bursts known at that time. interviews the players, collectors, It has a 17-page color section with large guitar makers, and dealers to give a pictures of the bodies. A nice book to have, novel approach to the history of the but I highly recommend the next book in Sunburst Gibson guitar and why it is this review. Softbound. 120 pages. one of the greatest guitars in history. Reading this book makes one want THE BEAUTY OF THE ‘BURST (GIBSON to start buying lottery tickets in hopes SUNBURST LES PAULS FROM ’58 TO ’60) of winning a pot large enough to buy by Yasuhiko Iwanade a real ‘Burst! A very interesting and This is my favorite book, published in 1996. recommended book. It has great pictures of 86 of the Les Paul Softbound. 143 Pages. ‘Bursts in private collections, showing the serial numbers and the guitars from 48 Jul  Aug 2016