BASIC GUITAR ADJUSTMENTS & SETUPS.

BASIC GUITAR ADJUSTMENTS & SETUPS.

Manule per la regolazione dell'action, dell'intonazione, dei pickup, il montaggio delle corde, il settaggio della chitarra.

Series: Pocket Guide
Author: Various Authors

An essential, easy-to-use guide containing basic set-up and maintenance information for guitar and bass guitar players. Designed to help keep your axe in peak performance condition with tips about tools, cleaning, restringing and adjustments. Along with a good chord book, a must-have! 32 pages.

The purpose of this book is to provide guitar and bass players basic guidelines for setting up and adjusting their own instruments. The text covers general procedures for setting action, pickups, intonation, necks, etc. In addition, long- and short-term maintenance also is discussed. The book is not intended as a reference source for extensive repairs, modifications, construction, design, or instrument building. Rather it serves as a "how to" guide for the do-ityourselfer. When I was a guitar student at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, I started a small business in my apartment called Wild Dutch's Guitar Hospital. I would do minor repairs, adjustments, and set-ups for students, teachers, and some of the local bands. Generally the work was run of the mill, no frills, and uncomplicated. Players would pay me good money to make their gear "right." I always thought if these players had a simple and straightforward source of information on how to fix their own instruments, they could have done the majority of the work themselves. People often asked me to instruct them in repair procedures, but unfortunately I never had the time. I was very busy as a student and running my own business. Hopefully, this basic guide will help those of you wanting to do your own work, and provide the information required to do that work. Please be advised this book covers only simple, routine, maintenance procedures. Instruments which are damaged, broken, warped, cracked, or require extensive rehabilitation and reconstruction are beyond the scope of this book. Please refer these types of repair work to a qualified and experienced professionalluthier familiar with advanced guitar repair. Properly adjusted instruments will show dramatic improvements in tone, sustain, gain, playability, and tuning tability not to mention longevity. I have always been amazed, as have my clients, what a difference a set up can make, even on an inexpensive, stock instrument. The added "presence" and "aliveness" can be incredible. By simply making the instrument "right" and allowing it to function and "ring" as a complete system, audible and playable differences become apparent. Fixing your guitar or bass can be a challenging, enjoyable. and rewarding experience. You get a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from doing your own work. Everything I di cuss in this book can be done by anyone with the ability to use simple hand tools. 

As popular as the guitar is today, playing the instrument does not come naturally to a beginning student. The ability to master any instrument is achieved only through continuous practice and repetition. The critical component (study and effort), can not be trivialized because one is not born with an inherent ability of instrumental mastery. As a consequence, the level of musical competency will grow in relation to the amount of effort one invests. Along with the popularity of playing the guitar, there is a concurrent interest in how the guitar works. John's book directs itself to the basics of how a guitar should play and encourages players to repair and maintain their instrument so they will not become discouraged as they pursue their study of music. He has written a simple book of information valuable to many guitarists. The knowledge of how to maintain an instrument, and a grasp of its basic functions, are sound strengths to develop. I trust you will find the information presented herein to be helpful in the maintenance of your instrument. john Boehnlein is an internationally recognized expert in the field of guitar technology. He is the owner of Wild Dutch's Guitar Hospital in Independence, Ohio. In addition to Basic Guitar Adjustments and Set-Ups for Beginners, John also is the author of the High Performance Marshall Handbook. He is a graduate of Cleveland State University as well as the Musicians Institute Prelude Program. He has a wide variety of experience in nearly every facet of the music business. 

CONTENTS

FOREWORD

PREFACE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CHAPTER 1

Tools

 

CHAPTER 2

Instrument Inspection and First Steps

 

CHAPTER 3

Tightening and Cleaning

 

CHAPTER 4

Re-stringing

 How to put strings on

 

CHAPTER 5

Neck Adjustments

 

CHAPTER 6

Action Adjustments

 Tune-O-matic style bridges

 Fender Style bridges

 Gibson style compensating type bridges

 acoustic guitars 

 

CHAPTER 7

Intonation Adjustments

 to set the intonation, follow these steps

 to adjust intonation on a Floyd Rose type vibrato system

 

CHAPTER 8

Pickup Adjustments

 the following are basic steps to adjusting pickups

 

CHAPTER 9

Adjusting Vibrato Bridges

 tradional style vibrato system

 floating, fulcrom style vibrato systems

 

CHAPTER 10

Final Procedures and Long Term Maintenance

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