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Review: The Acoustic Guitar Guide by Larry Sandberg

Review: The Acoustic Guitar Guide by Larry Sandberg

Reviewed by Benjamin Hoff

Originally published in American Lutherie #65, 2001 and Big Red Book of American Lutherie Volume Six, 2013

The Acoustic Guitar Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Maintain a New or Used Guitar, Revised and Updated
Larry Sandberg
A Cappella Books, 2000
ISBN 978-1556524189

The Acoustic Guitar Guide is a folksy book, filled with whimsical titles and subtitles, hee-haw humor, and cracker-barrel opinions, asides, and advice. So perhaps a folksy saying can be used to describe it: Jack of all trades and master of none.

The book tries to cover too much territory from a limited perspective. The number one rule of writing — Write about what you know — has been ignored in several places by the author, who takes us into this area and that, only to tell us or show us that his knowledge of the area is limited.

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