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    Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand songs. The supersized book "108 Rock Star Guitars" (Glitterati Inc.) demonstrates that six-stringed instruments owned by celebrities and virtuoso sidemen can look as good as they rock. The 17-year undertaking by photographer Lisa S. Johnson partly benefits the Les Paul Foundation. Paul, the Rock Hall musician-inventor, wrote the foreword before he died. Not a guitar geek? Don't fret. Whether you define "pickup" as a truck, a dating technique or a guitar part, you can revel in the glitz-and-grit world where these prized possessions reside. Take a closer look:
    Lisa S. Johnson | AP
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    This Aug. 2, 2011 photo provided by Lisa S. Johnson shows details of a guitar owned by James J.Y. Young of the group Styx. The instrument bears an elaborate carving of Cerberus, ancient mythology’s three-headed Underworld guard dog. It's among the instruments featured in Johnson's new book, "108 Rock Star Guitars."
    The author, who grew up in a musical family, underscores musicians' emotional attachment to their instruments. The book lauds the instrument-makers, called luthiers, and the techs, along with the guitars.
    Lisa S. Johnson | AP
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    This Aug. 20, 2003 photo provided by Lisa S. Johnson shows a guitar covered with fake fur, owned by Billy Gibbons of the group ZZ Top.
    Lisa S. Johnson | AP
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    In this Aug. 4, 2007 file photo, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen holds his trademark guitar, "Uncle Dick" at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore.
    Jeff Christensen | AP
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    This Dec. 15, 2011 photo provided by Lisa S. Johnson shows a guitar owned by John Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls. Rzeznik resurrected a broken Stratocaster into a 4-string, named Halfcaster, and used it on a song called “Big Machine.”
    Lisa S. Johnson | AP
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    Country music legend Willie Nelson performs at the 20th anniversary Farm Aid concert in Tinley Park, Ill. Nelson's famous guitar "Trigger," a Martin N-20 nylon-string acoustic, is so worn from strumming over the years that there's a hole in the body.
    BRIAN KERSEY | AP
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    This May 31, 2011 photo provided by Lisa S. Johnson shows a guitar owned by Tom Morello. The activist-musician scrawled jarring jargon over drawings of happy hippos on the instrument.
    Lisa S. Johnson | AP
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    Details of Willie Nelson's guitar, named Trigger. The instrument, featured in Johnson's new book, "108 Rock Star Guitars," has a hole worn through it, and is inscribed with dozens of autographs.
    Lisa S. Johnson | AP
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    The double-neck guitar named “Uncle Dick,” owned by Rick Nielsen of the group Cheap Trick.
    Find out more about the book.
    Find out more about the Les Paul Foundation.
    Lisa S. Johnson | AP
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