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Discover your Ultimate Guitar Sound with the Tone Manual

Hal Leonard releases the definitive guide to electric guitar tone by Dave Hunter

Hal Leonard Books, the musician’s best source of books on the music business, audio technology, instrument history, and more, has published the Tone Manual ($24.99) by guitar author Dave Hunter, who takes on arguably the most discussed topic of gear-obsessed guitarists: tone.

In the Tone Manual, Hunter breaks down the individual components of the electric guitar rig – guitar, amplifier, speakers, cabinets, effects and peripherals – and examines how each piece of equipment contributes to superior or inferior sound. He offers tips on improving and making the most of the gear you’ve already got – all with reference to interviews with name artists and manufacturers.

In addition, the Tone Manual discusses the evolution of the guitarist’s concept of “good toneâ€?. It provides an

extensive guide to recorded examples of playing generally considered “tonally superior,â€? citing examples from the early days of electric jazz, blues, country, and rock and roll; from the classic rock, blues rock, and heavy rock heyday of the late 1960s and early ’70s; and from myriad contemporary artists.

Throughout the Tone Manual, a series of more than 30 “Tone Tips� will offer quick, digestible, practical info bites to help readers improve their sound and better understand their equipment. The Tone Manual also includes helpful diagrams and a cover-mounted CD.

About the Author:
Dave Hunter is a musician, writer, and editor. He has contributed to numerous publications and TV and radio documentaries, and is a leading reviewer of guitar amplification. His bestselling books include the Interactive Fender Bible, Guitar Rigs, Start Guitars, The Guitar Amp Handbook, Guitar Effects, The Guitar Pickup Handbook, Play Acoustic, and the Totally Interactive Guitar Bible. Dave records and gigs with The Molenes. He lives in Portsmouth, N.H.

Tone Manual
Hal Leonard Books
April 2011
Paperback original w/CD
192 pages, 8.5� x 11�
$24.99, ISBN 978-1-6171-3004-5