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Username: reshawjr

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010 - 12:53 pm:   Edit Post

Dear Friends,

I am the author of several critically acclaimed books on guitars, most recently Hand Made,Hand Played: The Art and Craft of Contemporary Guitars. For more about me and my books, please visit my web site www.roberteshaw.com/Guitars.html.

I am now at work on a new book, this time focussing on electric guitars (no basses this time, sorry) made since 2000. This will be a beautifully made hardcover art book published by Sterling Publishing in New York (www.sterlingpub.com), one of the world's leading publishers of non-fiction books.

I am in need of high quality photos of a couple of Alembics for the book and hope you might be able to help. I would love to have an early guitar ('70s) to use in the introduction about the history of electric guitars as well as one or two really remarkable Alembics made in the past ten years.

I need high res images, at least 300 dpi and large enough to print full page. Details would also be most welcome. I would of course credit anyone whose images I use and also be sure you get a copy of the book when it comes out.

Many thanks.

Bob Shaw

My email address is: shaw.bob@myfairpoint.net
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1982
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, June 14, 2010 - 2:44 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Bob, it looks like an interesting project. I've sent you some information on my Alembic guitar, let me know if you are interested.

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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4466
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 8:28 am:   Edit Post


I'll be looking forward to this book. I also sent you an email with links to pics of my Alembic guitars. Good luck on the project.

Bill, the guitar one
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Username: barryr1

Post Number: 112
Registered: 10-2007
Posted on Monday, August 09, 2010 - 11:39 am:   Edit Post

I have an early 70's series 1. Happy to send a hires image if it appeals to you.

See my profile. It is the birdseye maple body.

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Username: george_wright

Post Number: 144
Registered: 3-2005
Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 10:02 am:   Edit Post

You could go to the Featured Custom Vault [new window], find the guitars, and grab the pictures.
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Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 470
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 4:51 pm:   Edit Post

... and what about copyrights?
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2290
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, January 06, 2011 - 3:09 pm:   Edit Post

I've had an exchange of email with Bob Shaw today and he has confirmed that my Dragon Magic Series I guitar will be in the new book which should be published around November this year.

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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2413
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 2:33 pm:   Edit Post

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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2414
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 2:37 pm:   Edit Post

Just wanted to share this email from Robert Shaw regarding the book.

Forgive me this group notice, but I wanted to let you know that my book on electric guitars, to which you contributed, has just been listed for pre-sale on Amazon.


The publisher decided to title the book "Electrified: The Art of the Contemporary Electric Guitar." The book is just coming out of design and looks absolutely terrific. It is scheduled to be in stores in early October, and the publisher will be sending you a comp copy soon after it is officially released. I will keep you posted as we get closer to publication.

We ended up including guitars by 125 different companies and independent builders around the world.The cover guitar is by Johnny Mørch and Mørch Guitars of Denmark, which is one of 16 countries represented in the book.

Thanks again for all your help and support with this project! Hope you have a great summer.

All best wishes,


Robert Shaw
Independent curator, author, and editor

I'm chuffed that my Dragon Magic will be in the book.

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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 816
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 3:11 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Jazzy I ordered !
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Username: rustyg61

Post Number: 129
Registered: 2-2011
Posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 7:36 pm:   Edit Post

Let us know when you write one on basses! It will be a huge hit on this forum!
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2618
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 8:17 am:   Edit Post

I had an email from Bob shaw this past week. It seems the book release is imminent.


I am very happy to announce that my new book ELECTRIFIED: THE ART OF THE CONTEMPORARY ELECTRIC GUITAR will be in bookstores (and available from Amazon and other online sources) within the next few days. I have advance copies from the publisher and can tell you that it is absolutely drop dead gorgeous. I hope you will be as pleased with it as I am.

The book includes more than 250 beautiful color shots, many of them full page, of guitars by 125 independent builders and companies from the US and 14 other countries. All but a handful of the guitars in the book have been built within the last few years, so it really offers a spectacular overview of the current scene. It is a substantial (10 3/8 X 11 1/4 inches) hardcover with a dust jacket and retails for a very reasonable $35. I am attaching pix of the cover and dust jacket to give you a feel for the book. You can see a number of inside spreads at: www.roberteshaw.com/Guitars.html.

As a thank-you for your contributions to the book, the publisher will be sending you a complimentary copy, which you should receive within a month. Please send me a note if you don't get one by the end of November, and I will nudge the publisher.

Any promotion you can do to help get the word out about the book will help us all.

• If you know magazine, major newspaper, or web site editors who would be interested in reviewing the book, please send me their addresses, and I will have the publisher send them a review copy. Please feel free to tell them about the book and give them my contact info.

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