Mini Music Guides: Guitar Care and Gear Essentials
Everything You Need to Know in an Easy-to-Follow Format
By John Carruthers
Item: 00-41044
UPC: 038081460666
ISBN 10: 0739096362
ISBN 13: 9780739096369
PRICE: $9.99
Series: Mini Music Guides
Category: Guitar Reference
Format: Book
Instrument: Guitar
Easy-to-follow instructions on maintaining your guitar and essential information about gear!
Alfred's Mini Music Guides provide essential information in a convenient size. Take these books anywhere you want to go. Packed with clear, step-by-step instructions and close-up photographs, Guitar Care and Gear Essentials is the best compact guide for guitar maintenance and gear available.

* For guitarists of all levels and styles
* How to set action and intonation, adjust the truss rod, and maintain frets
* Step-by-step instruction for proper string removal and installation on various types of guitars
* Shows how to solder and maintain electronics
* Detailed guide to setting up, maintaining, and troubleshooting Floyd Rose systems
* Comprehensive sections on amps, cabinets, ohmage and impedance, signal flow and level, noise, cabling, and more!
General Setup
Changing the Strings
Removing Old Strings
Installing New Strings
Half Roundwound and Quarter Roundwound
Stretching the Strings
Stringing Fender Slotted Machine Heads
Truss Rod Adjustment
Direction of Adjustment
Coated Strings
Single-Coil Pickups
Humbucking Pickups
Necessary Tools
Gibson Les Paul Setup
Testing for the Proper Amount of Bow
Active Pickups
Handwound Pickups
Fender Stratocaster Setup
Measuring the Amount of Bow
Adjusting the Action at the Bridge
Waxing and Polishing
Cleaning and Polishing the Unfinished Fingerboard
Routine Cleaning
Understanding Guitar Amps
Tube Amps
The Bridge
The Whammy Bar
Locking Down a Trem (Blocking)
Finger Pressure and Intonation
Testing and Adjusting Intonation
Acoustic Guitars
Cleaning and Polishing Your Guitar
Conventional Scale Lengths
Fret Maintenance
Fret Type and Size
Tools Required for Adjusting Your Floyd Rose Tremolo
Troubleshooting the Floyd Rose Tremolo
Problem: String buzzing
More About Effects Loops
Choosing the Correct Cleaning Solvent and Polish
Polishing Cloths
Preliminary Cleaning with Damp and Dry Cloths
Cleaning Lacquer and Synthetic Finishes with Chemical Solvents
Neck Profile
Tuning Pegs (Machine Heads)
The Nut
The Locking Nut
Types of Finishes
Number of Frets
Reasons to Use an Electronic Tuner
Scale Length
Point-to-Point Wiring
Making the Adjustments
Basic Principles of String Length
Electronic Tuners
More About Guitar-Building Materials
Fingerboard Radius
How Radius Affects Playability and Performance
Compound or Conical Fingerboard Radius
Electronic Maintenance
Solid-State Amps
The Combo Amp
Amp Heads and Stacks
Basic Amp Features
Boutique Amps
Cleaning and Lubricating Components
Your Setup
Setting Up and Adjusting Your Floyd Rose System
Part 1: Guitar Care
Types of String Windings
Problem: When I use my tremolo, the springs make noise
Physical and Virtual Effects
Measuring Action Height at the Upper End of the Fingerboard
Setup Specifications
Making the Adjustments
Adjusting the Action at the Nut
Series and Parallel Pickup Wiring
Coil Tapping and Splitting
In and Out of Phase
Kill Switches
Bone, Plastic, or Graphite Nuts
Tone Woods
Problem: Excessive string breakage
Noise Reduction
Noise Is Everywhere
Scrubbing the Noise
Other Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Rig
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
Measuring Action at the 1st Fret
Re-Slotting to Specifications
Important Rules
If the Slot Is Too Deep-Shimming the Nut
Plywood in Electric Guitars
Wood Setup for Gibson SG Standard
Wood Setup for Paul Reed Smith Custom 24
Wood Setup for Fender Stratocaster
Removing Oxides and Abrasions from Lacquered and Synthetic Finishes
The Compensated Nut
About the Authors
Part 2: Gear Essentials
Locking Tuners
Ball End
Floyd Rose System Parts
Open Back or Closed Back?
Setting Action at the Bridge
Power Amp Tubes
Tremolo Arm Assembly
Guitar Gear Levels
History of the Modern Tremolo
Beginnings of the Floyd Rose Tremolo
Understanding the Basic Principles of Operation
How to Chain Amps Together
Understanding Speaker Cabinets
Speaker Cones
Stringing Your Floyd Rose Tremolo
Adjusting Your Truss Rod
Angle of the Base Plate
Setting the Base Plate Angle
Ohmage and Impedance
Inside a Vacuum Tube
Preamp Tubes
About the Floyd Rose Nut
Setting Nut Height
Setting the String Retainer
Setting Intonation (String Length)
Rectifiers and Rectifier Tubes
Signal Flow and Level
Mechanical Nuts
Wood Setup for Carvin Custom 7-String