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“… well realised, helpful, companion to assist with setting up and modifying your axe ‘till it sings!” - GUITAR & BASS Magazine ‘Book of the Month’.
“Regular readers…will love this latest Haynes Manual … the company’s straightforward picture-heavy, ‘walk through’ style translates brilliantly to the subject of guitar repair … an ideal investment.” - GUITARIST magazine
The first electric guitar you buy is the most important you will ever own – it will not only shape how you play but may also define whether you ever learn at all.
This easy-to-use manual offers advice on how to choose your first electric guitar, how to make sure that it is the right instrument for the music you want to play, and how to get the best from it as your playing improves.
A huge range of budget guitars is currently available, covering many body styles from blues to rockabilly and death metal to retro pop. Unfortunately, few of these instruments are easily playable ‘straight out of the box’ and many ‘affordable’ guitars arrive from the factory poorly set up. Down-to-earth text, extensively illustrated with step-by-step photo sequences, guides new and inexperienced guitarists through the pitfalls of buying a suitable guitar, and setting it up so that it is a pleasure to learn to play.Detailed case studies of 12 guitars provide specific advice for a Squier ‘Strat’, and Epiphone Les Paul, a Danelectro ‘63, a Yahamah Pacifica, a ‘Rockabilly’ Ibanez, and Epiphone ‘DOT’, an SG and a Vintage Flying V. Two beginner ‘starter kits’ are also assessed.Chapters include:-
* Learn what to look for in ‘S’-type, ‘LP’-type, ‘T’-type and ‘SG’-type* How to improve your guitar’s sound* Expert tips to keep your guitar working brilliantly in the rehearsal room and ‘on the road’* How to safely achieve a unique DIY ‘Relic’ look – a cool ‘antiqued’ appearance from a budget guitar* Strings – what you need and how to ‘string up’ so they stay in tune* Minor repairs and Maintenance* Fret dressing* Pickup replacement* Setting the intonation and radius for comfort and tone
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