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Not about how to play them, but about the terms associated with them. For example, I don't know what things like "pitch blend" are, or what is the difference between the various pickups or how the selection of wood for the fretboard or body makes a difference to the sound. As an add-on, it would be nice if the source also covered the different types of sound-modifiers (I know there are distortions, overdrive pedals, wahs, reverbs, but what else? The local guitar shops here aren't the knowledgeable)...

Many thanks in advance!

EDIT: http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/electric-guitar.htm Something like this, maybe, but a little more advanced?

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As a small aside: digitech.com/en-US/products/the-impossible. I'd like to understand how this pedal works. So, something that can enable me to understand this and stuff like it? –  shikharraje Feb 24 '13 at 10:00
Hi there, welcome to the site. I don't think this question will work here, as it has no single answer and would just lead to a huge list, which is not the way SE works. Could make a good blog post though. –  Dr Mayhem Feb 24 '13 at 10:05
Additionally the description on that impossible pedal seems very explanatory - multiple pitch shifters change the pitch to make you sound like you are doing it. If you need to know how,you'd have to know electronics. –  Dr Mayhem Feb 24 '13 at 10:06
Firstly, thanks @DrMayhem. I didn't know lists would be an issue on SE. I've also been active on SuperUser, StackOverflow and AskDifferent, so I'm sorry if I assumed. But there must be (at least) some reference? Like (AFAIK) the MelBay books are THE books for beginners to learn new exercises to improve technique. Something like that? Secondly, in the link, I meant that I don't know what "pitch shifters" are, what's the point of having multiple of them, and so on. I could google, but that brings a separate issue which I point out in the first answer below. Thanks! –  shikharraje Feb 24 '13 at 14:10
Regarding pedals you could look at music.stackexchange.com/questions/6602/… and its referred duplicate question for some guidance. Regarding wood material and pickups etc, you could probably formulate specific questions that would be accepted. You can have your ideas for questions "tried out" or evaluated on meta or chat beforehand to be sure you formulate good questions. Welcome! By the way, did you mean "pitch bend"? –  Ulf Åkerstedt Feb 24 '13 at 19:20
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  1. Make use of google, ask your friends about guitar staff/friends-guitarists they know etc.

  2. Find a guitar forum, browse best rated threads.

    Start with this http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=76

  3. Read guitar magazines, browse archive numbers.
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Go to a bookshop / library. –  slim Feb 24 '13 at 13:35
I'd say that the Internet is better resource –  Jack L. Feb 24 '13 at 14:09
Thanks for the answer @Jack L. . The issue I have with Google is that the learning process becomes weird. For example, I can only know as much as my friends, which might not be much itself (e.g. if they know only about a certain type of pedals, that still doesn't tell me [say] what are the other pedals out there). Like I mentioned in my comment/response to DrMayhem above, isn't there a book or something that is the book for learning these things? –  shikharraje Feb 24 '13 at 14:15
Plus points for the forum suggestion, though. @slim Yes, I thought of that, and the main point of this thread was to find some particular book/resource that people have used and could recommend. –  shikharraje Feb 24 '13 at 14:17
In my opinion there are three ways for gaining knowledge about gear: working in music store, listening to/watching people and reading magazines/resource from the Internet. I think you won't find any book. –  Jack L. Feb 24 '13 at 14:50
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