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Alfred Teach Yourself Guitar Repair and Maintenance (Book/DVD)

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John Carruthers, legendary guitar builder and repair guru to the stars, has teamed up with Alfred to produce this ultimate beginner's guide to guitar...Click To Read More About This Product

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Keep any guitar in top condition for a lifetime.

John Carruthers, legendary guitar builder and repair guru to the stars, has teamed up with Alfred to produce this ultimate beginner's guide to guitar repair and maintenance. Comprehensive, step-by-step instructions and close-up shots clarify how to set the action for ultimate playability, adjust for bulletproof intonation, and much more. Includes steps on setting up and adjusting Floyd Rose tremolo systems, soldering and maintaining electronics, the proper way to remove and install strings on both standard guitars and Floyd Rose systems, and exact specs for the action, nut action, and truss rod adjustments of electric guitars, acoustics, and 4- and 5-string basses. 80 pages.

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Dont Buy!

By Anonymous

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Comments about Alfred Teach Yourself Guitar Repair and Maintenance (Book/DVD):

The information in this book is so basic a google search would yeild the same information. Maybe buy it if you dont know how to change strings, but other than that, save your money.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great Repair Tutorial!!

By Daniel

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Comments about Alfred Teach Yourself Guitar Repair and Maintenance (Book/DVD):

I am so grateful that I bought this. Now I know especially how to fix up my electric guitar without getting hurt! I also know how to check to see if the frets are in tip top condition and truss rod adjustments. Buy it!

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Guitar Tech

By MusicianLady

from New Mexico, USA

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Comments about Alfred Teach Yourself Guitar Repair and Maintenance (Book/DVD):

I purchased this book and was quite disappointed. It is very, very basic and doesn't carry enough information to get you through completly on any type of guitar. I guess it's okay if you would just like to learn basic basics.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


i don't keep a g-tar tech in my pocket


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Comments about Alfred Teach Yourself Guitar Repair and Maintenance (Book/DVD):

the best wat to purchase is book/dvd instead of just book, u can watch dvd 1-2 times and then keep book in case or tool bag for reference this dvd covered all for me, I just wanted to be able to adjust my own truss rod and esp. action, yes when i gig i take 6 of 10 g-tars w/ me but 4 are for songs were i need completely diff. tone and 2 are tuned way out there 1 very low and flat and 1 sharp and 1-2 steps up after started w/ low e# c# f# g# b# e#, anyway i think if you are going to play rather your a hobbyist or an active musician this book/dvd is essential, tone is what we all strive for and 9 out of ten techs when an axe is dropped off for tune up it goes to factory specs if it gets moved at all this starts with truss- rod adjustments has specs printed in book so after learning you can look at book, tone is so affected by string legnth on saddle type stop bar like strat. ACTION i read reviews all the time about an axe thats a good buy if the action was better/faster and once guy said beginner axe of some kind( iforget)good deal but strings are mile away from fingerboard &frets on that stopbar style w/ tune-o-matic bridge like LP,SG, and some PRS guitars it shows you in 10 mins. how to adjust that bridge w/ a ruler and a capo and goes all the way thru to floyd rose systems, i have one ibanez w/ floyd rose system used to hate all but locking nut cause wether floyd rose or strat style trem system i never use sissy bar, but i liked the stay-n-tune and the thumbscrewtuners on the rose but if you broke a string, not just replace it but have to retune entire system, even at times going in back were tensioner springs sre, well its things like that john will tell u all about, and now my rose is strung from tuning keys to trem so i dont cut ring stops off strings my ring ends are up on headstock at tuners 2-3 turns is all guaranteed no slippage these are things we all should know i got cause all my axes wether 2-PRS,1 LP STANDARD,1 LP STUDIO, 1 EPI LP STUDIO,1 LTD EC-1000, 1 IBANEZ RG4FROSE,1 60 reissue SG,2010 EPI LP SLASH APPETITE, & 1 AMER. HSS FENDER STRAT BULLET, all the epiphones except the new appetite have been completely rewired right when i purchased them CTS pots, sprague orange drop capacitors .022/400v, switchcraft 3 way toggle, and 1 has s. duncan antiquitys, 1 has s. duncan seth lover bridge, and the active p/u in the LTD EC-1000 i swapped from the great emg 81/60's to duncan blackouts, so as i was saying if i can change strings, change p/u's & eclectronics why not adjust myself and although i didnt know it it even gave me tricks on soldering i didnt know to make it easier and cleaner. if all u learn is adjusting action at your style of bridge or trem and not even the action at the nut then this book/dvd is worth every penny ive rear and browsed others this is far and away way out front!!!!!!!!!!!!5 stars


Good reference, but perhaps mistitled.

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    Comments about Alfred Teach Yourself Guitar Repair and Maintenance (Book/DVD):

    I use this book (booklet) to set up my guitars and I can now keep them in top playing condition. With this you can even make cheap Squiers and Epiphones play like expensive Fenders and Gibsons, except for the pickups I guess, but playability-wise you should be able to make any guitar that is not damaged play like butter with this book. I think perhaps it should have been titled "How to Set Up Your Guitar" because it actually doesnt cover much repair. But it's a easy to use guide to setting up guitars- action, intonation etc.

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