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Guitar Care and Gear Essentials

Guitar Care and Gear Essentials

Guitar Care and Gear Essentials

by John Carruthers, Tobias Hurwitz

Simple step-by-step instructions and photos - taught by a legendary guitar builder and repair guru to the stars. Teaches you how to set the action, intonation, adjust the truss rod, and maintain frets; proper string removal and installation. Learn to set up and adjust a Floyd Rose tremolo system. With instructions on soldering and maintenance of electronics. Sections on amps, cabinets, ohmage and impedance, signal flow and level, cabling and more. Compact size, 240 pp.

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About the Authors 

Part 1: Guitar Care 

  • General Setup 
  • Changing the Strings 
  • Removing Old Strings 
  • Installing New Strings 
  • Locking Tuners 
  • Stretching the Strings 
  • Stringing Fender Slotted Machine Heads 
  • Truss Rod Adjustment 
  • Direction of Adjustment 
  • Testing for the Proper Amount of Bow 
  • Measuring the Amount of Bow 
  • Adjusting the Action at the Bridge 
  • Necessary Tools 
  • Measuring Action Height at the Upper End of the Fingerboard 
  • Setup Specifications 
  • Making the Adjustments 
  • Adjusting the Action at the Nut 
  • Bone, Plastic, or Graphite Nuts 
  • Measuring Action at the 1st Fret 
  • Re-Slotting to Specifications 
  • Important Rules 
  • If the Slot Is Too Deep-Shimming the Nut 
  • Mechanical Nuts 
  • Making the Adjustments 
  • Intonation 
  • Basic Principles of String Length 
  • Electronic Tuners 
  • Reasons to Use an Electronic Tuner 
  • Finger Pressure and Intonation 
  • Testing and Adjusting Intonation 
  • Acoustic Guitars 
  • Cleaning and Polishing Your Guitar 
  • Types of Finishes 
  • Choosing the Correct Cleaning Solvent and Polish 
  • Polishing Cloths 
  • Preliminary Cleaning with Damp and Dry Cloths 
  • Cleaning Lacquer and Synthetic Finishes with Chemical Solvents 
  • Removing Oxides and Abrasions from Lacquered and Synthetic Finishes 
  • Waxing and Polishing 
  • Cleaning and Polishing the Unfinished Fingerboard 
  • Routine Cleaning 
  • Electronic Maintenance 
  • Soldering 
  • Cleaning and Lubricating Components 
  • Your Setup 
  • Setting Up and Adjusting Your Floyd Rose System 
  • Introduction 
  • History of the Modern Tremolo 
  • Beginnings of the Floyd Rose Tremolo 
  • Features 
  • Understanding the Basic Principles of Operation 
  • Floyd Rose System Parts 
  • Stringing Your Floyd Rose Tremolo 
  • Adjusting Your Truss Rod 
  • Angle of the Base Plate 
  • Setting the Base Plate Angle 
  • Setting Action at the Bridge 
  • About the Floyd Rose Nut 
  • Setting Nut Height 
  • Setting the String Retainer 
  • Setting Intonation (String Length) 
  • Tremolo Arm Assembly 
  • Tools Required for Adjusting Your Floyd Rose Tremolo 
  • Troubleshooting the Floyd Rose Tremolo 
  • Problem: String buzzing 
  • Problem: Excessive string breakage 
  • Problem: Tremolo can't be adjusted to sit parallel to the face of the guitar with claw adjustment all the way in 
  • Problem: The guitar won't stay in tune 
  • Problem: Fine tuners won't adjust 
  • Problem: Height adjustment screws are bottomed out, but the action is still too high 
  • Problem: When I use my tremolo, the springs make noise 

Part 2: Gear Essentials 

  • Strings 
  • Gauge 
  • Types of String Windings 
  • Roundwound 
  • Flatwound 
  • Half Roundwound and Quarter Roundwound 
  • Materials 
  • Ball End 
  • Coated Strings 
  • Pickups 
  • Single-Coil Pickups 
  • Humbucking Pickups 
  • Active Pickups 
  • Handwound Pickups 
  • Electronics 
  • Fender Stratocaster Setup 
  • Gibson Les Paul Setup 
  • Series and Parallel Pickup Wiring 
  • Coil Tapping and Splitting 
  • In and Out of Phase 
  • Kill Switches 
  • Tone Woods 
  • Plywood in Electric Guitars 
  • Wood Setup for Gibson SG Standard 
  • Wood Setup for Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 
  • Wood Setup for Fender Stratocaster 
  • Wood Setup for Carvin Custom 7-String 
  • More About Guitar-Building Materials 
  • Fingerboard Radius 
  • How Radius Affects Playability and Performance 
  • Compound or Conical Fingerboard Radius 
  • Scale Length 
  • Conventional Scale Lengths 
  • Frets 
  • Fret Maintenance 
  • Fret Type and Size 
  • Number of Frets 
  • Neck Profile 
  • Tuning Pegs (Machine Heads) 
  • The Nut 
  • The Locking Nut 
  • The Compensated Nut 
  • The Bridge 
  • The Whammy Bar 
  • Locking Down a Trem (Blocking) 
  • Understanding Guitar Amps 
  • Tube Amps 
  • Solid-State Amps 
  • The Combo Amp 
  • Amp Heads and Stacks 
  • Basic Amp Features 
  • Boutique Amps 
  • Point-to-Point Wiring 
  • How to Chain Amps Together 
  • Understanding Speaker Cabinets 
  • Cabinets 
  • Speaker Cones 
  • Open Back or Closed Back? 
  • Ohmage and Impedance 
  • Tubes 
  • Inside a Vacuum Tube 
  • Preamp Tubes 
  • Power Amp Tubes 
  • Biasing 
  • Rectifiers and Rectifier Tubes 
  • Signal Flow and Level 
  • Flow 
  • Guitar Gear Levels 
  • More About Effects Loops 
  • Noise 
  • Noise Reduction 
  • Noise Is Everywhere 
  • Scrubbing the Noise 
  • Other Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Rig 
  • Physical and Virtual Effects 
  • Cabling

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