The Guitar Collection brings together four accomplished authors who are among the foremost authorities on all things guitar. The result of their work is a comprehensive literary anthology of the modern guitar, one that details the technical construction of each guitar while brilliantly painting the context in which it was played. Through The Guitar Collection and The Guitar Collection: Stories, the authors highlight details such as the deep divots in the fingerboards of Eric Clapton’s “Brownie,” as well as the reasons Clapton, who had previously been a staunch Gibson man, decided to use the Strat at all.
Walter Carter is the former historian for Gibson Guitar Corporation and the author of ten books on guitars, including Gibson Guitars: 100 Years of an American Icon and Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, he has also written a how-to for co-writing songs and a biography of the Oak Ridge Boys.
Alan di Perna
Veteran music journalist Alan di Perna is an associate editor for Guitar World magazine and media and development consultant to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. His career spans 30 years of writing on music, pop culture, and musical instruments. His work has appeared in publications such as Rolling Stone, Guitar Aficionado, and Guitar Player.
Michael Molenda is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine—a position he has held since 1998—and has penned thousands of articles on guitarists, guitar gear, music production, and the mysteries of creativity. Molenda is also a seminal San Francisco multimedia artist who continues to perform, produce, and direct music videos today.
Art Thompson is the senior editor for Guitar Player magazine. He is also the author of the book Stompbox: A History of Guitar Phasers, Fuzzes, Flangers, Echos and Wahs.