If Guitars Could Talk

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Chapter l
The Nuts and Bolts of our Soviet Toys
Life in the Village and in the Town
Hippies and Other Creatures 46
Making My First SelfMade Electric Guitar 285
The Carnps the Flukes the Sports and an Old Tradition
Soviet Vacations and the Welcome of the Black Sea 92
Home Life Cigars and Fishing Drama
Another Band and Time Machine 252
Techno Wonders and My First_ob 264
Slow Moving Changes in Life and Guitar Construction 295
Chapter l6
Life After the Chernobyl Disaster 3
Soviet Cooperatives and My Effort to Get One 329
Living Together and Continuing my Passion 346
My Beloved Dog and the Unwanted Phone Call 348

Knock on the Band
going to prison? 154
My new School and its Band
Proper Equipment and Its Care l 73
Young BolsheviksBizarre Bedlams and_eans
Goodbye School and Our Final Performance Together 208
Another School and Speed Affections 22
Trade School and Helping Comrades on the Field 233
Lets buy a baby and Crafty Places 53
Interview at the Embassy and OVIR Denial 365
Documents for Departure and a Desperate Decision 38
Crossing the Border and the Departure 394
Blue Dolphin
Pearl Swan
Birdflower Telecaster

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About the author (2012)

Yuriy Shishkov born in 1964 in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg) USSR. Started making guitars in Gomel, USSR in 1986. After Soviets denied to legalize his business, he immigrated to the USA in 1990. After his arrival to America, Yuriy Shishkov began making guitars for himself, Washburn Co., and Fender Custom Shop. Among his clients and customers beside ordinary musicians are famous artists such as Buddy Guy, Dimebag Darrel, Prince, Jimmy Page, Paul Stanley, Keith Urban and many others. Many of his Art guitars are prized at over $100,000.

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