$9.99
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.

Features:
* 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!
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Problem: When I use my tremolo, the springs make noise
Noise Is Everywhere
About the Authors
Introduction
Part 1: Guitar Care
General Setup
Part 2: Gear Essentials
Strings
Gauge
Types of String Windings
Scrubbing the Noise
Other Ways to Reduce Noise in Your Rig
Physical and Virtual Effects
Cabling
Flatwound
Half Roundwound and Quarter Roundwound
Materials
Ball End
Removing Old Strings
Installing New Strings
Locking Tuners
Stretching the Strings
Pickups
Single-Coil Pickups
Humbucking Pickups
Active Pickups
Truss Rod Adjustment
Direction of Adjustment
Testing for the Proper Amount of Bow
Measuring the Amount of Bow
Features
Understanding the Basic Principles of Operation
Floyd Rose System Parts
Stringing Your Floyd Rose Tremolo
Basic Amp Features
Boutique Amps
Point-to-Point Wiring
How to Chain Amps Together
Problem: Tremolo can't be adjusted to sit parallel to the face of the guitar with claw adjustment all the way in
Guitar Gear Levels
Beginnings of the Floyd Rose Tremolo
Amp Heads and Stacks
Adjusting Your Truss Rod
Understanding Speaker Cabinets
Changing the Strings
Roundwound
Stringing Fender Slotted Machine Heads
Coated Strings
Adjusting the Action at the Bridge
Handwound Pickups
About the Floyd Rose Nut
Tubes
Your Setup
Setting Up and Adjusting Your Floyd Rose System
Introduction
History of the Modern Tremolo
Understanding Guitar Amps
Tube Amps
Solid-State Amps
The Combo Amp
Cleaning and Lubricating Components
Locking Down a Trem (Blocking)
Bone, Plastic, or Graphite Nuts
In and Out of Phase
The Locking Nut
The Compensated Nut
The Bridge
The Whammy Bar
Routine Cleaning
Electronic Maintenance
Soldering
Electronic Tuners
Reasons to Use an Electronic Tuner
Finger Pressure and Intonation
Testing and Adjusting Intonation
Fingerboard Radius
How Radius Affects Playability and Performance
Compound or Conical Fingerboard Radius
Scale Length
Frets
Fret Maintenance
Cleaning and Polishing Your Guitar
Types of Finishes
Choosing the Correct Cleaning Solvent and Polish
Polishing Cloths
Preliminary Cleaning with Damp and Dry Cloths
Fret Type and Size
Cleaning and Polishing the Unfinished Fingerboard
The Nut
Acoustic Guitars
Conventional Scale Lengths
Tools Required for Adjusting Your Floyd Rose Tremolo
Troubleshooting the Floyd Rose Tremolo
Problem: String buzzing
Problem: Excessive string breakage
Rectifiers and Rectifier Tubes
Signal Flow and Level
Flow
More About Effects Loops
Noise
Noise Reduction
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
Electronics
Fender Stratocaster Setup
Gibson Les Paul Setup
Series and Parallel Pickup Wiring
Necessary Tools
Measuring Action Height at the Upper End of the Fingerboard
Setup Specifications
Making the Adjustments
Adjusting the Action at the Nut
Coil Tapping and Splitting
Angle of the Base Plate
Setting the Base Plate Angle
Setting Action at the Bridge
Cabinets
Speaker Cones
Open Back or Closed Back?
Ohmage and Impedance
Kill Switches
Tone Woods
Plywood in Electric Guitars
Measuring Action at the 1st Fret
Re-Slotting to Specifications
Important Rules
If the Slot Is Too Deep-Shimming the Nut
Wood Setup for Gibson SG Standard
Mechanical Nuts
Making the Adjustments
Intonation
Wood Setup for Paul Reed Smith Custom 24
Wood Setup for Fender Stratocaster
Wood Setup for Carvin Custom 7-String
More About Guitar-Building Materials
Basic Principles of String Length
Setting Nut Height
Inside a Vacuum Tube
Setting the String Retainer
Setting Intonation (String Length)
Preamp Tubes
Power Amp Tubes
Cleaning Lacquer and Synthetic Finishes with Chemical Solvents
Removing Oxides and Abrasions from Lacquered and Synthetic Finishes
Waxing and Polishing
Number of Frets
Neck Profile
Tuning Pegs (Machine Heads)
Tremolo Arm Assembly
Biasing