comprehensive, easy to follow and at a good price. A must have for anyone who maintains their guitar
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!
Iam a novic on setting up guitars and it help no end Thank you Dan
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.
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
Words are unnecessary! Simply the best book of the best master repairman. Dear Dan, I really thank you for this legendary book.
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..!
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.
Tout ce qu'il faut savoir pour régler une guitare parfaitement, avec des explications sur l'utilisation de certains outils vendus sur le site. Je ne m'en passe plus ...
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.
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