I just picked up a copy of Analog Man’s Guide to Vintage Effects by Tom Hughes, and wow. I didn’t know what to expect with this book. Obviously a guide to vintage effects, but I was surprised by the shear volume of very interesting and useful information. It is WAY more than a guide, it’s the complete history and evolution of guitar/bass effects.
Additionally, it goes into what effects are and how they work (ie: differences between vibrato and tremolo, how filters and modulation work, etc). There are many fantastic photos of awesome vintage units including a few gut shots.
The foreword is written by one of my favorite guitarists – Adrien Belew. Hugues did a fantastic job of combining history information and facts while still providing entertainment for the reader. The book is in paperback format (8.5″ x 11″) and is 280 pages. Much larger than I thought it would be. Tom is also the owner operator of Black Cat Pedals and runs the For Musician’s Only website. Both very much worth checking out.
If you’re tinkering of effects, or a person interested about effects in general or a collector of vintage pedals, this book is a must-have. You can pick up a copy of Analog Man’s Guide to Vintage Effects at For Musician’s Only for $49.95 plus shipping.