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How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great (Softcover) (Guitar Player Book) Paperback – January 1, 2001
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The book takes you through many common problems, fixes, and general setup/maintenance for Strats and Les Pauls (as well as their clones and various other rarer guitars).
Much of the book is a narative form, describing particular tough setups for various guitars. Some have complained about this, but I've found there's enough info in there to find what you want. Plus there are more step-by-step setup instructions towards the end.
The book got my bridge fixed up nicely, as well as my action set more properly, so the guitar's easier to play and sounds better as well.
Also recommended: Guitar Player Repair Guide
This is a book specifically for ELECTRIC guitars, the adjustments for various bridges, nuts, tremolo systems,and intonation are thoroughly explained with lots of photos. He also shows how to use or make simple, home-made or hardware store tools.
There is an excellent section on tuning and intonation every guitar player should know! The Buzz Feiten Tuning System is discussed and there are tons of tips and tricks to get your guitar in tune, and to help it stay in tune.
Dan's writing style is very easy to understand. And his use of graphics, both line art illustrations and photo documentation, help the reader get a clear, real-world sense of the subject matter.
This is truly the manual your guitar should have come with.
I consider this book, along with the Guitar Player Repair Guide, to be essential to any electric guitar owner, and absolutely required for anyone in the guitar repair business.
However, all the information is there and very well explained. It provides guitar players with a better understanding of their instruments which leads to better evaluation of a potential purchase - including a priceless walk-thru a guitar evaluation. It also guides the guitarrist through the basic setup and maintenance that the instrument requires so often. All this is achieved with a minimum of tools (the pro jobs are left to pros) and there's plenty of suggestions for home made, "recycled" tools.
I like this book better than his earlier one and it's my main reference. His videos are also a good reference.
After buying a new Telecaster, which felt great in the store, I bought this book to maximize its playability. The result was an impressive improvement that was easy to accomplish!
I also bought the following tools to aid me:
- CruzTools GuitarTech Guitar Kit (available on Amazon)
- Stewart Macdonald string action gauge (stewmac.com)
- Stewar Macdonald understring radius gauges (stewmac.com)
The tools cost me around $85 total, and were well worth it because they gave me everything I needed to set up my Tele. They conveniently store in a handy case that keeps them all in one place. It appears that these same tools will allow me to setup my acoustic and bass guitars, although I haven't tried it yet.
The book also gives you setup specs from multiple professional players. Once you measure your specs, you'll be able to compare them to the pros and isolate areas for improvement.
Even if you ultimately take your guitar into a luthier, you'll benefit from knowing the basics of setup.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All sorts of useful information. The seller never told me but the book was even signed by the author, which is kind of cool.Published 4 months ago by Gerard Briardy
So helpful in setting up an electric guitar. If you want to do the work yourself, this book will get you set up.Published 17 months ago by Andrew Royal
Dan Erlewine knows his stuff, no doubt. But, the way this material is laid out on kindle, it's a pain having to constantly click the next page to see his example pics- then click... Read morePublished 20 months ago by joken
It is a good resource to have on your work bench if you work on your guitarsPublished 22 months ago by Sam