Learn how to do great guitar setups time and time again with this easy to follow, step-by-step manual. With expert tips, clear instruction over 100 photos, you will gain the understanding on how to fine-tune your guitar to play it's best. Makes an excellent starter book or reference for budding professionals. ***Now updated and expanded with additional content including a section on restringing, neck shimming, scale length determination and new images!*** Included in the Book: An 8 step method on setting up your electric or acoustic guitar; How to adjust Fender-style tremolo's, Gibson hard-tails, Floyd Rose and other floating bridge types; How to adjust the saddle on your acoustic steel string or nylon string guitar; How to file nut slots; Setup spec's for electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitar; Manufacturer's setup spec's from Fender, Gibson, Ibanez, Jackson, Gretsch and others; Exclusive setup specifications from the Author's best playing guitars; A handy measurement conversion chart.
This is the first hands-on how-to manual devoted to all electric guitars. This guidebook shows owners and dreamers the basics of selecting and buying electric guitars; maintenance and repairs such as tuning, setting intonation, fret repairs, bridge and nut adjustments, troubleshooting; spur-of-the-moment stage-side fixes; and some basic “performance” enhancements, like adding aftermarket pickups, locking tremolos, and more.
John Carruthers, legendary guitar builder and repair guru to the stars, has teamed up with Alfred Music to produce this ultimate beginner's guide to guitar repair and maintenance. Comprehensive, step-by-step instructions and close-up shots clarify how to set the action for ultimate playability, adjust for bulletproof intonation, and keep any guitar in top condition for a lifetime. Also includes steps on setting up and adjusting Floyd Rose tremolo systems, soldering and maintaining electronics, the proper way to remove and install strings on both standard guitars and Floyd Rose systems, and exact specs for the action, nut action, and truss rod adjustments of electric guitars, acoustics, and 4- and 5-string basses.
There are six million out there--from Eric Claptons million-dollar "Blackie" to your treasured hand-me-down--and still the world cant get enough of the Fender Stratocaster, the legendary electric guitar-of-choice for players and dreamers from pioneers like Buddy Holly to todays garage-band heroes. This is the worlds first hands-on, how-to manual for the Strat, taking the mystery out of maintaining and modifying what is really a relatively simple instrument (two boards, some wires, some pickups). It shows you how to make the most of your Stratocaster--and how to make it truly your own. With clear text and colorful illustrations, this guidebook takes readers through the basics of selecting and buying Strats; maintenance and repairs such as tuning, setting intonation, tremolo alignment, fret repairs, bridge and nut adjustments, electrics troubleshooting; spur-of-the-moment stageside fixes; and some basic performance enhancements like adding "hot rod" Fender and aftermarket pickups, locking-tremolo nuts, and more.
In the past few years the market for electric guitar kits and parts has exploded. For every two enthusiasts, there are four opinions on how properly to fill woodgrain. In this book, Will Kelly cuts through all that noise and shows how, with a little patience and some inexpensive tools, the average person can turn a modest investment into a gig-worthy instrument and perhaps even a lifelong hobby. Kelly presents guitar-building in a progressive fashion, beginning with a simple Stratocaster-style kit with a bolt-on neck and continuing on to a "relic'd" Telecaster-style build, two Gibson-style set-neck models, and a custom double-neck mash-up. Because each build is more involved than the previous, the reader builds on his or her skill set and acquires only the tools necessary for the reader's level of interest. Kelly shows how to apply finishes, choose and install hardware, wire electronics, execute the final assembly, and set up the finished guitar for proper action and intonation.
(Guitar). Guitar collectors rejoice! The first book to examine pickups in detail is here! Covers everything from the first experiments to classic models conceived for Rickenbacker, Gibson, Fender, Gretsch, Danelectro, Epiphone and others, with an overview of Japanese and European manufacturers. Includes a 32-page color section of the most popular models and rarities, a timeline, info on building pickups and technical specs, and biographical notes on George Beauchamp, Leo Fender, Seth Lover, Larry DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan.
A practical hands on 'in the trenches' guide to mixing and live sound from an author who has a lot of experience in the field.
The first ever hands-on how-to manual devoted to the famous Gibson Les Paul is now updated with the latest models and guitar-tech advice. Along with the Fender Stratocaster, the Gibson Les Paul is without doubt the most iconic electric guitar ever made, beloved and sought after by guitarists everywhere. It’s the signature sound for musicians as distinguished and diverse as Jimmy Page, Carl Perkins, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Billy Gibbons, Muddy Waters, and Frank Zappa. Veteran guitarist Paul Balmer’s failsafe guidebook shows owners and dreamers the basics of selecting and buying a Les Paul; maintenance and repairs such as tuning, setting intonation, tremolo alignment, fret repairs, bridge and nut adjustments, and electrics troubleshooting; spur-of-the-moment stage-side fixes; basic “performance” enhancements; and more. With tips and techniques specific to each of the numerous Les Paul models, this book is the guitarist’s ticket to electrifying success.