Guitar books are “easy gifts” for guitarists because you can almost never go wrong. Coffee table books, instruction books, history books are all excellent choices. We always recommend guitar books by photographer Neil Zlozower (http://zloz.com/main/) and those by guitarist-writers Rich Maloof (http://bit.ly/vpQMXb) and Pete Prown (http://amzn.to/tPTYM5). A new addition to these choices is “Electrified” by Bob Shaw, a beautiful overview of the newest generation of luthiers creating some amazing electric guitars: http://amzn.to/sgg70S
Progressive rock guitar finds a new voice in guitarist Pete Prown, of Vintage Guitar Magazine and the NGM Advisory Board. Prown has just released his latest album, “Guitar Garden III”, and it’s classic prog in the best sense of the term. Says Prown, “I really want to celebrate all my ’70s guitar and bass influences on this one: Robert Fripp, David Gilmour, Steve Howe, Chris Squire, as well as all the great analog synth players. There are nods to Rick Wright and Tangerine Dream here, too.”
For a bonus track, Prown included the guitar solo “Swedish Trousers”, a demo he recorded in 1997 at Yngwie Malmsteen’s studio. Cooler still, he played it using Yngwie’s “Rising Force” early-’70s Strat and a Marshall half-stack. Click here for sound clips: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/guitargarden3.