Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand songs.
The supersized book “108 Rock Star Guitars” (Glitterati Inc.) demonstrates that six-stringed instruments owned by celebrities and virtuoso sidemen can look as good as they rock.
The 17-year undertaking by photographer Lisa S. Johnson partly benefits the Les Paul Foundation. Paul, the Rock Hall musicianinventor, wrote the foreword before he died.
Not a guitar geek? Don’t fret.
Whether you define “pickup” as a truck, a dating technique or a guitar part, you can revel in the glitzand grit world where these prized possessions reside.
The instruments (one’s named Baby) evoke tender talk from macho musicians. But some of these battle-ax beauties have seen more action than a roller derby queen: They bear the gashes and sweat stains to prove it.
The author, who grew up in a musical family, underscores musicians’ emotional attachment to their instruments.
The book lauds the instrument makers, called luthiers, and the techs, along with the guitars.