The electric guitar's versatility, along with its melodic and rhythmic potential, has made it an icon of modern music. This comprehensive history and directory features all the famous makes, such as Gibson, Fender, Gretsch and Rickenbacker, and also includes curiosities, rare guitars and boutique brands. Each entry provides detailed information about the instrument's date, place of origin, the material it is made from, and any unusual features. There are also panels describing electric guitar heroes and their styles of play. With over 230 guitars shown in 360 photographs, this book is an essential guide for anyone interested in this phenomenal instrument.