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know the blackguard book is fantastic, but

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by gitarjoe, Dec 18, 2016.

  1. Flakey

    Flakey Friend of Leo's

    Amen Brother! But remember those profs. that publish need to eat too. :rolleyes: To be fair its the publishers tha get most of the money.

  2. deytookerjaabs

    deytookerjaabs Friend of Leo's

    Jun 5, 2015

    Yep, this is the best part of the book....from Leo's accounting totals to tiny little details about alloys and pin holes. Some folks want to study them for accuracy or vintage verification but some just like to nerd out for fun!
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    ROADMAN Poster Extraordinaire

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  4. mobstta

    mobstta TDPRI Member

    Jan 1, 2013
    rhode island
    Get one from him directly for $150.00. Money goes to a good cause read the site.

  5. gitarjoe

    gitarjoe Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 28, 2003
    does he still have any? can he be reached through here?

  6. Tremade

    Tremade Tele-Holic

    Jan 30, 2016
    Sthlm, Sweden
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  7. Wally

    Wally Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Lubbock, TX
    NOw, if Nacho still has a few at $150, are you gonna pledge not to buy it for $150 and quickly turn a profit at $500???? chuckle......we all know how we are....high asking prices are exhorbitant unless we have one for sale ourself, right? eeeeeehaw...
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  8. GuitarRandy

    GuitarRandy TDPRI Member

    Dec 24, 2012
    Parker, Colorado
    Hey guys, Nacho does still have a few available. I ordered mine and it's on its way! :)
    Awesome guy to deal with, I can't wait to get my hands on the book!

  9. skeeterbuck

    skeeterbuck TDPRI Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Baltimore, Maryland
    I ordered my book this Tuesday the 18th. It scheduled to arrive today via UPS international. The cost directly from Nacho was 160 Euros (approx. $177.00).

  10. BopT

    BopT Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 6, 2011
    It is truly a great book! I am lucky to have mine and I go over it all the time for reference or just to look at the pictures. When I was a kid I used to cut pictures of guitars out and save them especially out of Sears or Wards catalogs! This book is the other end of the rainbow!

  11. alnico357

    alnico357 Tele-Meister

    Jun 2, 2015
    I paid $50 for the definitive illustrated history of the Ruger .22 automatic pistol, but that is the limit of my insanity.
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  12. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    The thing that may not be obvious to those who haven't spent time with the book... it's worth every penny of the $160, $175 or so. I mean in printing costs alone. Regardless of topic, this outshines most any other coffee-table style book, and at the same time the information packed within outdoes anything else published on the topic.

    I can see just not wanting to spend so much on any book, or perhaps your Telecaster obsession isn't that ... obsessive... yet. Just realize the value is there. At the stock price (not the $500 ebay stuff) you're not paying for 'mojo', or collectibility.

    It's just a damn fine book.

  13. sleazy pot pie

    sleazy pot pie Tele-Holic Gold Supporter

    May 31, 2014
    I ordered a copy yesterday. Waiting to hear back to confirm my order. It took a few days to hear back when i initially emailed him to inquire about ordering it so i am not too concerned yet. Cant wait to check it out.

  14. Silverface

    Silverface Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Mar 2, 2003
    Lawndale CA
    I talked to Nacho way back when he started researching for it and for various reasons (including forgetfulness) had not ever gotten around to ordering one.

    I just received mine today and was stunned by the sheer weight when the UPS guy handed it to me! FWIW shipping costs have gone WAY up, but the overall cost is far out weighed by the depth and quality of Nacho's work. It's a stunningly beautiful book and a tremendous technical reference - 420 12"x12" pages' worth.

    I can understand most players not understanding spending $150, or $200, or more on a book - but to collectors and/or techs it's not expensive at all. There are 150 page books that cost $50 purchased daily on Amazon and elsewhere - and I can think of few that come close to the depth of coverage seen here. As far as book prices go technical reference books are usually limited production publications and the raw publishing cost is much higher than popular books of similar size.

    The Blackguard book is two books in one as well: an incredible year-by-year pictorial study of the Blackguard "Esquire/Broadcaster/Telecaster" (including early prototypes) and a rear section of deep technical data, most of which has never been published - especially in such incredible detail (including an amazing array of photographs never published before).

    To any collector or vintage dealer that buys/sells these early guitars this information is essential now that it's available - if one party in a transaction has it the other better or they'll be at a disadvantage. And it's invaluable to every tech who works on this type of instrument in order to maintain - and verify - historical accuracy.

    It's also a tremendous resource for anyone who builds guitars that are tribute models to the originals - it's now possible to both be far more accurate *and* ensure no fraud is committed.

    I have at least 100 reference volumes in my tech library and none quite approach the quality and amount of key information contained in this one.
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  15. moosie

    moosie Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Jul 18, 2010
    Western Connecticut
    ^Thinking about it that way, in terms of my other tech manuals / textbooks, the only other that comes close, for me (and likely other *nix programmers of a certain era), is W. Richard Stevens' work, namely UNIX Network Programming.

    Nacho's book is much prettier, though. :D

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