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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How to make your Electric Guitar Play Great.

By Tewirimu from New Zealand
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 28, 2013

Well written and understandable. This book helped to crystallize my own thoughts as to how to do a nice playable setup. I think for those of us who live just to the right of Mars, relatively speaking, this book is almost as good as sitting down with Dan looking over your shoulder, showing the way. Regards, Bill Kane. New Zealand

A palatial book of its kind

By George Isidorou (Luthier) from Greece
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 28, 2013

Words are unnecessary! Simply the best book of the best master repairman. Dear Dan, I really thank you for this legendary book.

A must-have for guitarists at any level..!

By versatone from Washington DC
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 23, 2013

The combination of the book's text and the DVD is so informative that it makes me wish i had it years - no, DECADES - ago - I might still have some guitars I really liked, but got rid of because I couldn't get them to play the way I needed them to. Don't let this happen to you - get the book now..!

Great For the DIY-Challanged..Like Me!

By SlopeRocker from NYC
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, June 16, 2013

The book is a must especially if you are as severely DIY-challanged as I am. No shame in it. With this book and the Set-Up Kit you are ready to do your own set-ups. Only other tools you need are the tools that came with your guitar/bass and a good Truss Rod wrench (get the proper size for your axe) and a Fret Rocker for checking for high frets. The book and DVD take you through all the steps. Also, has chapters on wiring and some other subjects as well.

A avoir absolument

By Kl3mko from FRANCE
(Customer's Reviews) Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tout ce qu'il faut savoir pour rTgler une guitare parfaitement, avec des explications sur l'utilisation de certains outils vendus sur le site. Je ne m'en passe plus ...

Good book

Thursday, May 16, 2013

If you're learning repair or an old pro, its good to have books like this to look through just to get your creative ideas going. For me its not so much that the book goes over the basics (and then some) of set up and some repair, but that it encourages each person to come up with methods and tricks to use themselves. How to make little tools and attachments for tools or make things from shop scraps that you'll end up using all the time. For these reasons books like this are a must-have.

How To Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great!

By Petriw from Saskatoon SK. Canada
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dan is my hero. Will continue to read and listen to the words of wisdom spoken by this sage of the guitar. Wade. Saskatoon, Canada

Must have

By KScott from Chandler, AZ
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, March 23, 2013

As other reviewers have stated...Dan IS the man. Concise and understandable. Highly recommended to anyone who owns guitars and/or basses.


By dalebfast from Bakersfield, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 22, 2013

Thanks for writing a very easy to read book that gave me the confidence to take on some of the issues with my guitars... such as straightening the neck on two!! Frets next on one!! If I can do this, any guitar player can, just read the book, watch the video and take your time!

Essential Book !

By Doug Graham from Scotland
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, March 08, 2013

This is about the only book you will ever need to help keep your guitar in tip top playing condition! Doug

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