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The complete run of Soundboard back issues from Vol. 1 (1974) through Vol. 38 (2012) on one searchable DVD-ROM. Every issue is a searchable PDF file which can be viewed on all computers. You can print any page or pages, including the hundreds of pieces of guitar music published in Soundboard over the years. Text passages can also be selected, copied, and pasted to a word processing program. The color covers have been preserved with color scans, and the many photographs are preserved quite nicely as greyscale scans. System requirements: DVD-ROM reader to transfer the files to your hard drive; 3.3GB of free space. PDFs are viewable equally well on Mac or PC platforms. 


Payment is via PayPal and is $89, $69 for GFA Members.

Note: In 2012, all the issues of Soundboard through Vol. 36 (1974-2010) were scanned to searchable PDFs from hard copy.  Starting with Vol. 37 (2011- ), the PDFs are being generated directly from the printer's files. So as of 2011 no more scanning-to-searchable-PDF has taken place; every word is searchable with near 100% retrieval accuracy using the free Adobe Reader program. But such searches can be relatively slow.

SoundboardIndex – a work in progress
GFA member and computer programmer Jan de Kloe has undertaken a large project to clean up the errors and omissions encountered in the optically-scanned PDFs of the first 36 volumes of Soundboard, and to speed up searching, too. Currently (July 2017) his database, known as SoundboardIndex, covers Vol. 1-37 (1974-2001). Jan intends to complete his indexing through Vol. 38 by August of 2017, at which point users should have reliable access to every page of the first 38-volumes of Soundboard, covering the seminal years 1974-2012. Those PDFs are already available as a package on the DVD Archive.
     For the most current information about the SoundboardIndex project please visit the de Kloe website,, where the latest information is being posted and where orders for SoundboardIndex may be placed. Note that it runs exclusively on a Windows10 computer. It also requires that the user buy the digitized PDFs of Soundboard (the source files), as sold by the GFA. The easiest and most economical way to acquire the latter is by purchasing the Soundboard Digital Archive on DVD disc. The system works best when the source files are copied to a folder on your hard drive, where the latest version of SoundboardIndex has also been installed.

—Thomas Heck, Online Research Resources Librarian


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