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I have the book and recommend it. I've only used the info on a basic Strat setup so far but the book covers just about any type of guitar made.

quote:Originally posted by mdrs:

 

It's pure B.S., and obvioulsy inaccurate. I suspect it is posted for effect, not for accuracy.

 

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Can only think it will help but I have to admit for some reason I scared to fiddle with the set up of my guitars, just fear of the unknown i think. always use a guitar tech but it does interest me and i would like to be able to do it properly.

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Basic setups aren't that hard. There are a lot of sites that walk you through it. I think Fender even includes this in there generic manuals.

 

Now getting in to grinding frets or replacing/filing nuts? That's a different story.

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Hardtail, looks like the reviews are pretty good. It would make a good addition to any library. :thu:

 

On the funny side, did you see that one review from that kid?

 

Book Title: Guitar Player Repair Guide

 

Reviewer:

Since I bought this book I haven't been able to repair even one guitar player.

 

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Originally posted by Hayden:

I have the book and recommend it. I've only used the info on a basic Strat setup so far but the book covers just about any type of guitar made.

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I wonder if he covers set up on Gretsch guitars with the bigsby and adjustable spacing bridge? Holy crap, just changing strings is a challenge. (of course I'm somewhat mentally challenged)

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Originally posted by Joe Bbach:

I wonder if he covers set up on Gretsch guitars with the bigsby and adjustable spacing bridge? Holy crap, just changing strings is a challenge. (of course I'm somewhat mentally challenged)

i agree changing strings on the Gretsch can be harder than you would like, but interesting to find out if there is a book that covers Gretsch and other similar style guitars

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Originally posted by The Big G:

Hard

Can only think it will help but I have to admit for some reason I scared to fiddle with the set up of my guitars, just fear of the unknown i think. always use a guitar tech but it does interest me and i would like to be able to do it properly.

Best of luck mate

Several threads have been around on this topic, at least one of them from me. I am also reluctant to go fooling with the setup, especially since the average cost of my guitars has kept rising. But it`s gotten to the point where I have too many to keep paying someone every time the alignment gets a little off, it`ll put me in the freakin poor house. Generally if you`re near a big city it tends to be a little cheaper due to higher volume of setups performed, but it`s not a bargain anywhere AFAIC. Gotta get a book, that`s all there is to it.

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It's a great book. I got mine after my guitar was at the shop for three weeks for a set-up, and I didn't like the results at all, the bridge didn't match the fretboard radius at all, almost flat. I haven't tackled any of the acoustic stuff, but I've completely rebuilt a few Strats, necks, wiring, the whole shebang, I don't think there's anything that isn't covered in detail.
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Originally posted by LPCustom:

Originally posted by SlyFoxx:

I thought everybody already had a copy!

I used to but mine (finally) fell apart. I haven't gone an gotten another one, yet. But I will.
I was going to ask you personally about this book but decided on putting it out on the forum.

 

Judging by the condition of your book, you've used it quite a bit. A good sign.

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Originally posted by Sasquatch51:

Originally posted by A String:

I've been setting up my guitar for years now. It would still be nice to have a reference book though. I'll have to pick one up.

Yeah...most people would be done by now.... :D
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