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Mel Bay FAQ Electric Guitar Care and Setup

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  • Actors: John LeVan
  • Directors: John LeVan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Guitar Services Workshop
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGB6AA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

Beginning his guitar repair career in 1985, John LeVan studied under many different guitar repairmen to learn the trade. John decided to launch into the guitar repair business professionally and began training with various manufacturers such as Taylor Guitars and Tom Anderson Guitarworks. He started a guitar repair business in Auburn CA and later moved it to Nashville TN where John has a successful business today. In 1997, John launched www.guitarservices.com and Guitar Services Workshops. These workshops provide on-hands personal training for various types of Guitar Repair. The Workshops are provided mainly for guitar technicians who tour with professional artists, retail guitar store employees, distribution warehouse guitar technicians and guitar manufacturing employees. Now, John has taken his Guitar Services Workshop Manual and fine-tuned it to give you a hands-on guide using photographs, diagrams and sketches made by John. In addition, he has also included diagrams and photographs provided for this book by several guitar manufacturers and component manufacturers.

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A comprehensive demonstration of how to clean, condition, restring and setup several different electric guitars. Hosted by Luthier and Mel Bay Author, John LeVan from The Guitar Services Workshop. John will cover how to: Adjust the trussrod, bridge saddles, string nut, pickups and the intonation, as well cleaning & conditioning. Don't miss John's interview with World Famous producer Michael Wagener and guitarist Wolf Hoffmann from the band Accept. These industry professionals will provide valuable advice and insight for players of all levels.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GrayD on March 16, 2007
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The good part - it does show the basics of guitar setup on a Fender Stratocaster style guitar. John LeVan seems to know what he's doing. There are 8 sections: Playing Style (asking the guitarist how they play), Tool(s) and Materials, Cleaning and Restringing, Adjusting Truss Rod, Bridge Saddle, String Nut, Adjusting Pickups, Intonation. There is also a Closing Thoughts section. Each section is about 5 minutes long but, w/ a caveat (see below.)

The bad parts... pretty much everything else.

It is extremely short. Much of the video portions consist of still shots (like a ruler held on a fret to measure a string... or the all important magnifying lens lamp) that are repeated in the various 8 sections. The actual video instruction is pretty minimal (although the Intonation section has an overly long scene of LeVan making adjustments). In addition, much of the instructions are trite and repetitive - for example, "use more light to see" and "use the right tools (available from All Parts)." I suggest that LeVan take a cue from Norm Abram and get some of those basic instructions out of the way in the beginning and move on.

It feels like a long commercial for Planet Waves and All Parts tools. I'm not sure what the relationship is between Mel Bay, LeVan and those companies are, but how many times do we need to hear, "Using the right tools is important. All Parts can provide them." or, "I'm going to wind the string with this excellent Planet Waves string winder..." those are somewhat paraphrased but, I am not exaggerating. It's distracting to the technique - they should have created a separate section w/ "recommended tools."

The interviews are worthless. Let me summarize the 2 interviews. "What do you think is important for a guitar?" "the Setup.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Damian J. Oleksa on January 19, 2008
I have a few detailed books, but none show complete start to finish setup. This is a low quality made video, but will walk you through an entire setup from start to finish. I would reccommend this product!
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