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Where did all the cheap second-hand tab books go?

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Getting back into guitar, I'm on the hunt for the second-hand tab books that I recall being two-a-penny even a decade ago (such as Dokken, Giant, Ratt, Winger +); eBay searches reveal that most are now located in the US or Japan and and are at serious money (even though they seem to never sell...). I guess I recall seeing them in dusty music shops which have sadly diminished in numbers in recent years. Any suggestions on good places to hunt please? Either online or in person? (I'm based in South Manchester  btw). Cheers.

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Local library can be surisingly useful 

worth seeing if they have online search and reservation 

 

 

stay away from the dark side, Luke ...

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10 minutes ago, Geek99 said:

Local library can be surprisingly useful 

 

Thanks, a good suggestion - unfortunately the golden era of 'hair metal' is woefully underrepresented by Cheshire East's selection... 

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Probably many ended up binned if the acts behind them didn't retain popularity. Otherwise, with so many tab sites on the net now (and falling guitar sales) I'd say there's less demand now, so fewer printed...

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It's all done on t'internet now. 

I don't suppose it's even cost effective to print the things any more given that you can find tabs for almost anything for free online. 

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Very variable quality though

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I have a few I have been trying to sell for ages, would probably be easier to shift Betamax tapes and Zip drives.

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10 hours ago, Geek99 said:

Very variable quality though

Yeah that's the problem. I even found some of the books somewhat suspect back in the day.

I find tabs are good for a reference point but you still have to use you ears and play what sounds "right". 

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