The acoustic guitar has been around for centuries and has survived amps, electric guitars, synthesizers - and even Pete Townshend of The Who. Discover everything you ever wanted to know about acoustic guitars in Acoustic Guitar: The Illustrated Encyclopedia - the definitive A-Z guide to your favorite six-string instrument, from Alvarez to Zemaitis. This is the biggest and most complete guide ever written for the modern guitarist - filled with everything you need to know about acoustic guitars. Go back in time to learn how the world's favorite instrument evolved. Learn all about celebrated guitar makers such as Andres Segovia, Orville Gibson, and Les Paul. Meet some of the greatest axe players of all time and their signature guitars - Elvis Presley and Eric Clapton with their Martins, The Beatles and Johnny Cash with their Gibsons, and Mark Knopfler with his National. Improve your style as you study ten essential modern genres, including rock, pop, blues, country, jazz. Learn everything you need to take care of your instrument, including how to string, tune, and set up your guitar. Researched and written by some of the world's leading guitar heroes, this book features 320 full-color pages, more than 1,200 photographs, cool memorabilia, original ads, and more.