Who is A.R. Duchossoir?

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  1. pcasarona

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    Hi all,

    Sorry if this has been covered before or seems like a stupid question (I know he wrote the Telecaster book and others), but I have looked online as well as on this site, and other than a zombie thread from 2012 confirming that he as alive and well at that point in time, I can find no biography on the man.

    Just curious as to how he became the expert he is on guitars in general and Telecasters specifically. Did he work for Fender? Was this just pure academic investigation on his part? If so, where did he find the documentation for his book. Fender, in it's current incarnation, claims they did not receive production documentation from CBS. Did he go to CBS directly? What about Pre-CBS?

    Just curious and not casting aspersions or doubting his research, just amazed at the amount of technical information he was able to uncover and catalog in his book. So many people, myself included, have found answers to questions in his book that are little known even to many in the community here.

    I just wanted to know a little more about the man who did this amazing research.

    Thanks to you all here and to him.
     
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  2. Deeve

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    see also, Tony Bacon

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    He's a writer who plays guitar and likes the history of the instrument. He's written several books. As you've discovered, he's not a media whore like a lot of writers; he likes his privacy.
     
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    Is this book as technically informative as "The Fender Telecaster - The Detailed Story of America's Senior Solid Body Electric Guitar" or more of a coffee table photo album history like some of the other's I've seen?
     
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    nojazzhere Doctor of Teleocity

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    I've found Tony Bacon's books to be thorough and informative. I cannot swear to the accuracy of any obscure information, though. Who can?
     
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    notmyusualuserid Friend of Leo's

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    He's French, lives near Paris. Works in banking.

    Don't know if he's still with us.
     
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    A.R. Duchossoir has published books on many guitars. His Telecaster book is referred to as the ‘Tele bible’. I have owned it for almost 30 years now...along with his book on Stratocasters. I consider them to be necessary reference sources. I have never seen Bacon’s book shown above.....I stopped buying resource books quite a while ago. I have books on Rickenbacker history, several books dealing with Gibson, and others....like Tom Wheeler’s “American Guitars: an Illustrated History”.
     
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    Thanks guys. I just find it amazing that he was able to collect and organize all this information in, according to the books forward, 8 months, while I assume he was also working at his regular job in an unrelated field. The list of Acknowledgements in the book give some idea as to the number of people who contributed to his efforts and the number of resources he had to collaborate with to get this information. It would have taken me longer than that just to find those people and organizations. Incredible!
     
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    If you look for Andre Duchossoir there is some info online.

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    He's a French geezer who speaks way too much. He's still very much alive
     
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    Books, what are those? ;) Oh yeah, Ipads that don't need electricity.
     
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    I'd love to have the earlier books that he wrote but....I'm broke until the first of next month. Maybe then I'll get 'em. :) Oh, and as far as photos of that '68 pink paisley Tele, I'll post them in the original thread just as soon as I get the guitar. I wish my cousin would hurry up and be done using the guitar! I'm foaming at the mouth waiting for it to arrive or for him to tell me it's on it's way!!!!!!
     
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    Seeing this book, as well as OP title hit me how many guitar and amp books I bought and how much $$ I spent in the '90's ( including 30+ years GP mag subscription!)
    No regrets, loved the journey learning about and lusting for the gear.
    ( then buying, and later, selling, ha!)
     
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    Got em all!
    I could have purchased a '59 LP with all the $$ I spent on guitar mags and books- no regrets; a lot of fun with similar guitar lunatics for 20+ years, then mellowed out a little these last 10, you get saturated.

    Side: I still remember ( for me around 15 in 1975) being blown away, going into a music store, finding out there was a magazine just about Guitar, monthly! ( GP)
    Things escalated from there.
     
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    André René Duchossoir wrote the book "Gibson electrics Vol. 1", originally issued in French in March 1981 IIRC. I have an original (in French ;)) bought in late 1981. He never wrote the Vol.2...

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    He was an author that wrote many books about Fender and Gibson guitars.
     
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    I do wonder what it is about the Duchossoir Fender book that makes it so expensive? It wasn't printed by Gutenberg, AFAIK it's still being printed, and they're not being printed in gold leaf on velum. What's the deal???????
     
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    2 words: nitrocellulose lacquer
     
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