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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By Dakotah from Port Richey FL
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 06, 2011


Best book I've seen to get your axe ready to play! Gotta get another one for my brother.

Great Book

By Dave_G from Raleigh, North Carolina
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 24, 2011


This is a great book that follows a logical sequence & does a great job of giving explanations. I would recommend it to anyone from beginner to advanced. It offers a lot of trade secrets that really work. Buy it, read it, do it.. then "shut up & play your guitar." -Frank Zappa

This book's great!

By Jim Bellon from Orlando, Florida
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, August 23, 2011


I've been building and repairing guitars for over 10 years and this book has taught me tips that I didn't know. Great even for beginners, will help you to have a great playing guitar in no time. I suggest buying the set up tool kit that SM sells as well, worth the money!

Excellent Setup / Troubleshooting / Intonation Book

By Joel_B from Syracuse, NY, USA
(Customer's Reviews) Friday, May 27, 2011


I have read this book cover to cover 5 times, setup 3 guitars, and now I can write a review. This is the first book I bought from StewMac and I will probably buy more. So many items on StewMac get 5 stars that it's hard to figure out what to buy. First and foremost, this is a ELECTRIC GUITAR SETUP book. Period. Neck relief, fretboard radius, string height, nut building, bridge work, tremolo setup, and some fret dressing. Nothing on electronics, little on woodwork, little on finishes and cleaning. I don't say that as a negative, only to help you figure out what to buy since StewMac sells so many training guides. It's absolutely worth the money and the included radius gauges are useful. One thing I would add - if you're not sure that your nut's string takeoff point is correct, tune the guitar using the standard open (unfretted) method, then fret it one, two or three frets and check with a chromatic tuner. Then check at the 12th and 15th frets and see where things are at. If the string is equally sharp at every fret but is okay when you tune it open (unfretted), then you need to bring the takeoff point closer to the frets and away from the headstock.

Where has this book been all my guitar playing life?

By T Bone from Lake Havasu City, AZ.
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, March 24, 2011


This book rocks.

Learn from a master

By Cone Guitar from Kihei, HI
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, December 11, 2010


When it comes to electric guitars, Dan Erlewine has seen it all, and generously shares his knowledge, experience, and innovative solutions in this great book. If you want to buy, setup, repair, or build an electric guitar, buy this book and save yourself the learning curve.

Amazing Book!

By Aaron Schmidt from Spruce Grove, Alberta
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, November 29, 2010


The title of this book is simply not enough! The section on evaluating a guitar made me look at my guitars in a completely different light. I learned a huge amount of knowledge in only the first 25 pages!! If you are more of an electric guy like me, get this book. You'll NEVER pay for another guitar set-up in your life. It even comes with your own set of radius gauges. Dan Erlewine is a true guitar grand-master!

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