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.
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 guide will use photographs, diagrams and sketches made by the author and some provided by various manufacturers to teach how to clean, condition, adjust the action and properly intonate your acoustic guitar, as well as: John's trade secrets on hand-carving bone nuts and bridge saddles, wiring and fretwork. John has also included a chapter on identifying and diagnosing problem guitars. It even includes a forward written by Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars. This book is perfect to teach a beginner or a reference for the guitar repair professional.
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.
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.
(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.
(Book). The sound of rock, blues, country and jazz is not just the sound of electric guitars. It's the sound of electric guitars through amplifiers. For the first time, Guitar Rigs examines the great guitar/amp combinations that have created more than 50 years of fantastic music. Each section includes a full history of guitar and amps and details the construction, components, performance, qualities and drawbacks of each combination. Guitar Rigs is not just a celebration of the collectable treasures of the guitar and amp world. Along the way it evaluates many more instruments, amps and effects, offering alternatives for those trying to conjure great sounds from less-exalted equipment. And it comes with a CD that demonstrates these and many more combinations so you hear them for yourself.
The fast and easy way to learn how to play the ukulele With the help of Ukulele For Dummies, learning to play this popular string instrument at a basic level has never been easier. Now in a fully updated second edition, this hands-on, friendly guide provides everything you need to know to pick up a uke and get playing—fast. From purchasing a ukulele and the necessary accessories to making sense of simple chord progressions and playing in a variety of styles—including pop, folk, Hawaiian, and holiday favourites—the second edition of Ukulele For Dummies will have you creating beautiful music in no time. For anyone wishing to learn to play this fun, surprisingly versatile instrument, Ukulele For Dummies covers all the basics, from chords and strumming patterns to guidance on finger picking—and everything in between. Plus, you'll find tips to make certain chord changes easier, chords and tabs for popular Christmas and New Year songs, apps for mobile devices, the ten best ukulele chords, and so much more. Audio tracks are available via online download at Dummies.com, creating a total musical instruction package Features a ukulele buying guide for the novice Offers instruction in a variety of musical styles Provides finger-picking instruction and the chords and patterns you need to know With its simple and clear instruction, and inspiration on every page, the second edition of Ukulele For Dummies will have fans and first-time musicians making a big splash with this tiny instrument in no time.
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.
A great collection of over 80 Beatles tunes, including: All You Need Is Love • Eight Days a Week • Eleanor Rigby • A Hard Day's Night • Help! • Here Comes the Sun • Hey Jude • I Want to Hold Your Hand • In My Life &
(Music Sales America). A comprehensive instruction guide to blues slide guitar styles. Contains over 25 accurate transcriptions of authentic bottleneck blues tunes by such masters as Son House, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton and many more. Songs include: A Spoonful Blues * Black Ace * C.C. Rider * Come on in My Kitchen * Country Farm Blues * Crossroad Blues * Denver Blues * Don't Sell It * Dry Spell Blues * High Sheriff Blues * I Got to Cross That River of Jordan * It's Just Too Bad * Mean Old Twister * Milk Cow Blues * No Woman No Nickel * Poor Boy Long Way from Home * Roll and Tumble * So Lonesome * Walking Blues * Whoopee Blues * Yo Yo Blues * You Can't Keep No Brown * You Got to Reap What You Sow * Your Enemy Cannot Harm You.
This manual covers the Fender Telecaster in detail, explaining how to maintain it, set it up to get the best sound, and repair it when things go wrong or damage occurs.
A trusted collection of short essays arranged by rhetorical mode—with charming, practical writing instruction. With 71 readings (half new to this edition), well-written writing instruction (including templates to help students get started), and new navigation features that make it very easy to use, The Norton Sampler is a rhetorically arranged reader that practices what it preaches about good writing.