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