Front cover of Electrified by Robert Shaw
Front cover of Electrified by Robert Shaw

At Christmas my son got a hardcover coffee table book about electric guitars. It was given to him by one of his friends. I’m ashamed to say that at the time I ignored it – lots going on at Christmas. But the other day I was tidying his room and came across it again. I opened it up and was very pleasantly surprised. So much so that I sat with it, captivated, for quite some time.

“Electrified: the art of the contemporary electric guitar”, by Robert Shaw, is packed full of beautifully photographed guitars and showcases 125 master luthiers from around the world who have built incredible instruments for the likes of Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, George Benson, Joe Walsh and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The book profiles, in detail, the work of talented luthiers such as Matt Artinger, John Bolin, Roger Giffin, Johan Gustavsson, Nik Huber, Steve Klein, James Trussart and many more.

This has to be the best book I’ve read about the art of contemporary electric guitar making.

Inner page of Electrified
Inner page of Electrified
Inner page of Electrified
Inner page of Electrified
Inner page of Electrified
Inner page of Electrified