Andy Babiuk has been a professional in the music industry for more than twenty-five years. He is a staff consultant to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and consultant to major auction houses in London and New York.
Andy perceived the need for a book about the Beatles' gear when he tried to emulate some of their recorded sounds for his own band, the Chesterfield Kings.
Andy then embarked on six years of research for Beatles Gear, during which time he interviewed over 400 people who worked with or were closely associated with The Beatles, listened to hundreds of recordings, watched miles of film, and amassed a vast library of documents and photographic evidence of the Beatles using their instruments and equipment.
The result is this most detailed account of the Beatles and the tools that they used, on-stage and in the studio.
Beatles Gear is a book that manages to be both a historical document and an entertaining read.
Andy's experience and expertise has also been enlisted by major instrument manufactures, such as Gibson, Epiphone, Hofner and Fender in creating historically accurate reproduction of the Beatles' equipment. He has been interviewed on ABC, NBC, NPR, CNN, and the BBC, and his work has been published in Rolling Stone, Guitar World, and Guitar Player magazines.
Babiuk has been working on a follow up to Beatles Gear entitled Stones Gear - a history of the equipment used by The Rolling Stones. Andy is currently finishing a book on the History of Paul Bigsby for Fred Gretsch to be published in 2008. He lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife, six children and a very large collection of guitars and Beatles memorabilia.