The Soul of Tone provides enough detail about the history of Leo Fender's amplifiers to satisfy the most experienced collector, in a style that will hold the interest of a casual fan of popular music and its origins. I was attracted to the book as a reference tool (I try to buy most everything published about the modern guitar, bass, and amplifier topic), but found that it also offered some great stories about the people behind the brand, relationships with competitors, and how it all fit together. The photos are clear, plentiful, and cover the amps from the very beginning. Not much is left out out.
The handsome special collectors edition of The Soul of Tone features a hard outer sleeve with a metal Fender amp logo badge, and is signed by Tom Wheeler. This 1,000-copy custom limited edition piece is available only from Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
Yesterday I started my series on “The Soul of Tone” Today I have a guest post from CJ Natale who is the leader of “Nusound Worship.” I have known CJ and his family for years and even crashed on their couch. Their Father John Natale is an itinerant minister and Nusound travels with him when he ministers around the world. Today CJ gives us a look at his guitars, his effects, and his amps. Following this he shares his thoughts on tone.
From the tweeds, browns and blondes, up through the Cyber amps, Custom Amp Shop models and the latest reissues, this book covers the entire Fender amplifier legacy--not just the technical specs and cosmetic details but also the stories of the people who designed and played these instruments. More than just tubes, transformers and speakers, The Soul of Tone celebrates post-War American culture, art and innovation, as reflected in the revolutionary designs of Leo Fender and his successors.
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