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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-11-14T22:38:44+00:00 2006-11-14T22:38:44+00:00 <![CDATA[Setting up a guitar.]]>
I started doing some basic work on my own guitars years before I had internet access - I was lucky enough to work for a Luthier for a while, but most of the detailed instruction I gleaned from Ralph Denyer's "The Guitar Handbook" (Knopf).

My copy I bought in 1982, and today it's swathed in tape, filled with annotations, and naturally falls open to 2 pages - setting intonation and truss rod adjustment. I've done these dozens of times, but I always read through the book before I begin...

It's also got handy tips on wiring, Studio and other technical areas, and good chord diagrams (for Standard only).

Statistics: Posted by allanlummox — Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:38 pm

2006-11-14T22:21:34+00:00 <![CDATA[Setting up a guitar.]]> Statistics: Posted by todd — Tue Nov 14, 2006 10:21 pm

2006-11-10T12:14:08+00:00 <![CDATA[Setting up a guitar.]]> Statistics: Posted by maxx england — Fri Nov 10, 2006 12:14 pm

2006-11-10T02:53:48+00:00 <![CDATA[Setting up a guitar.]]> Statistics: Posted by todd — Fri Nov 10, 2006 2:53 am

2006-11-10T02:37:05+00:00 <![CDATA[Setting up a guitar.]]> too.

Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Fri Nov 10, 2006 2:37 am

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detailed instructions, with pictures, of most guitar repair and setup procedures. You'll have to judge for yourself, just how handy you are with fixing things, and what tools you have or can easily get. There's lots of sites for guitar parts and tools, google 'luthiers supplies'. some of these have helpful hints and techniques sections as well.
Down through the years I've done most of the work on my guitars myself, although some things, like neck resets, are way beyond me. I can do a good refret job, it just takes me a long time. Gotta say, though, I used to be a master machinist and I'm an amateur watchmaker, so handy and tools aren't a problem for me.

Statistics: Posted by WeirdOlAndrew — Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:36 pm

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Personally, I wouldn't worry too much about doing work on your own guitar. So long as you read up a little and be sure to take _little_ steps, you should be fine. One of the easiest action adjustments is simply to shave the saddle a little, thus lowering the action. Just take it out, shade the bottom edge with pencil, and sand until all the pencil is removed. Repeat as necessary. Replace in bridge.

sometimes you'll need to adjust the neck relief (the curve in the neck) after doing this (be sure to read about neck relief theory first) - take it easy, going only 1/4 turn at a time. If the nut becomes really difficult to turn, STOP. Above all, when adjusting the neck remember that the proper way to lower action is at the saddle.

If you do a poor job and all else fails, take it to the shop you were trying to avoid. It will probably cost the same amount to do the set up regardless fo what you did to it!

Good luck!

Statistics: Posted by Mississippi John — Thu Nov 09, 2006 6:19 pm

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Is the procedure the same for acoustics?

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Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:38 am