How To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!

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By Dan Erlewine
Updated 2nd edition comes with DVD full of setup and wiring tips! Get your autographed copy only at StewMac!

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How To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!

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By Dan Erlewine
Updated 2nd edition comes with DVD full of setup and wiring tips! Get your autographed copy only at StewMac!

You'll find no better book for doing your own setup and maintenance than this trusted guide from the world's best-known guitar repairman.

Dan Erlewine packed this second edition with more photo-illustrated tips for guitarists and technicians. He shares expert setup and adjustment techniques, with valuable trade secrets along the way.

Contents in brief

  • Evaluating a guitar, from headstock to tailpiece
  • Using the right tools (pop-out radius gauges are included free in the book)
  • Troubleshooting your setup
  • Personalizing the action and intonation
  • Professional players' setup specs.
  • New: Guitar wiring and pickup replacement
  • New: DVD with setups for Strat,® Les Paul,® Floyd Rose® and bass, plus tips for wiring and truss rod adjustment. 48 minutes.

134 pages, softcover.

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How To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!

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assembling odd parts to make a guitar.

By Bill064 from New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, February 07, 2013

Having put together parts from a selection of guitars,copy of a les paul body,neck from a trident,a couple of GFS pickups,tuners from??? Spent two weeks fitting the neck to the body & then discovering the How to make your electric play great book, set it up with 10gg strings & now have a guitar i am proud of thanks to the extra info i got from the book.Also working on a couple more guitars. Thanks Dan well worth the money.

I read it!

By Deane from Mesa AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, January 27, 2013

I usually get a book like this for reference but this one I read all the way through in three days. It was a fun read that verified some things I knew and taught me a lot I didn't. The DVD was clear and informative too. ENJOY!

THE Book All Players Should Have

By BillPro from New Orleans, LA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, December 21, 2012

I wish I had this book years ago! Even after many years of trial & error, this book opened my eyes to my guitars. This is a "Must Read" for any serious player even if you have no intention of working on the guitar yourself.

Dan does it again!

By Lou Presley from Newton,MA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 28, 2012

This is a gem. Its packed with useful and simple instructions on setting up your guitar. Thanks!

Great Book!

By M. Rogers from San Bruno, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 26, 2012

Dan is a genius! Very informative book. Makes doing the work on your own guitars so much easier. Thanks!

Great Informer!

By Steve R from Spring,Tx
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, November 17, 2012

Dan is someone that explains all these great ideas and helpful hints in a way that's easy to comprehend and they work! Thanks Dan!

Best 20 bucks I ever spent

By T Baur from Palmyra NJ
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, November 11, 2012

Before getting this book the only thing I knew how to do right was replace strings. After having the book for only one week all of my guitars play better then the day I got them even my old squire w/ a floyd rose that I played back high school plays like a dream (it never worked right till now). This is a must for anyone who wants the most out of their guitar.

Waiting for Kindle version of 2nd Edition

By ChuckH from Jeddo, Texas, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Great news on the 2nd edition. I'm waiting for it to appear on Kindle.

Mystery solved!

By Mike Ridge from Denver, Co.
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Finally a book that takes the mystery out of set-ups! Dan's style and knowledge make this an easy to understand book with great pictures and a thorough explanation of the matter at hand. Oh! And a DVD too!

The Best Information

By M Dawes from South Shields, England
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 10, 2012

This book is packed with all the information that you need to successfully evaluate a guitar prior to purchasing it, with a host of information on how to maintain it and keep it in good working order. It is obvious that the information contained in this book has been compiled over many years through just pure experience from learning and working on guitars. This book is invaluable to anyone who intends to maintain their own instruments or starting out to maintain other players instruments, a really good book worth every penny.

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