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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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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Worth every cent.

By \N from \N
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lots of great info in this book. For me, it has more than paid for itself already by helping fix a neck relief problem on a Strat that sat nearly untouched for 10 years.
Even if you already do your own setups, there's stuff to learn in here.

Excellent Resource

By mjt from Cincinnati, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Every electric guitar owner will benefit from owning this book. Lots of great tips and descriptions for tuning, adjusting and servicing your electric guitar. I used this resource to bring my 1973 Les Paul Custom back up to snuff. I know this resource will be handy for years to come.

Wealth of Info

By Phil McArdle from Coventry CT
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bought it for my teenage son, but I've already used it myself, working on his and my guitars. Haven't even checked out the disc yet, there's so much in the book. The fact that it came autographed made it all the better as a gift.

How  To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great

By string bender from Fleming Island,Fl
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, April 27, 2014

Wish I had a book like this years ago. For years I thought I was doing a good job setting up my own guitars. With the information in this book my guitar setups are now like night and day. Thank! for showing me the light Dan.

Just my opinion

By Beppe from Spain
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Serious, honest and the product is always what they promised you.Thanks from Spain

A must before buying Your first REAL guitar

By Bence T+¦th from Le+ínyv+ír, Hungary
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, January 03, 2014

Excellent, easy to follow reading. All the important aspects of evaluation and setup of a guitar are covered - for most (if not all) of the guitar design variations. The essence of decades of professional experience are given to the readers - that's priceless! Great hints on how to substitute expensive tools with homemade ones. I wish, I have bought this book much earlier. A big thank you to Mr. Erlewine!

great information

By rob paszek from glastonbury,ct
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, October 24, 2013

comprehensive, easy to follow and at a good price. A must have for anyone who maintains their guitar

Good, but could be better

By StratGuru from Kansas City, MO
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, August 12, 2013

This book has a lot of great information in it but be warned: If your looking for problem solving tips there aren't really any. If you want to learn how your guitar functions and how to adjust the working parts with a few tips thrown in, there is plenty to be had. If you're looking for "If you have fret buzz after setting the action correctly, check this" sorts of tips, there are none to be found. Dan has a wealth of information to share on general setups and understanding the parts of the guitar there just isn't enough "meat" here to make this a worthy purchase if you're looking to troubleshoot common problems with playability. A complete section on solving common setup issues would be a welcome addition!

very informative on the history of the electric guitar

By Raymond hatton from new zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Iam a novic on setting up guitars and it help no end Thank you Dan

Saved my 1975 Strat

By Brian B. from Hampton, VA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, July 15, 2013

I have a Strat that I bought new in 1975. I was always trying to get it to play and sound better with little luck. Dan's book opened up my eyes and pointed out that the nut was probably questionable. When I removed the nut I found out that it was broken. I replaced the nut with TUSQ and put on some new Stringsaver saddles. What a difference! Thanks Dan for giving me the confidence to take on this project.

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