The Fender Stratocaster Handbook: How To Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Strat
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The Fender Stratocaster Handbook: How To Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Strat

by Paul Balmer
     
 

There are six million out there—from Eric Claptons million-dollar "Blackie" to your treasured hand-me-down—and still the world cant get enough of the Fender Stratocaster, the legendary electric guitar-of-choice for players and dreamers from pioneers like Buddy Holly to todays garage-band heroes.

This is the worlds first hands-on, how-to manual for the

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Overview

There are six million out there—from Eric Claptons million-dollar "Blackie" to your treasured hand-me-down—and still the world cant get enough of the Fender Stratocaster, the legendary electric guitar-of-choice for players and dreamers from pioneers like Buddy Holly to todays garage-band heroes.

This is the worlds first hands-on, how-to manual for the Strat, taking the mystery out of maintaining and modifying what is really a relatively simple instrument (two boards, some wires, some pickups). It shows you how to make the most of your Stratocaster—and how to make it truly your own.

With clear text and colorful illustrations, this guidebook takes readers through the basics of selecting and buying Strats; maintenance and repairs such as tuning, setting intonation, tremolo alignment, fret repairs, bridge and nut adjustments, electrics troubleshooting; spur-of-the-moment stageside fixes; and some basic performance enhancements like adding "hot rod" Fender and aftermarket pickups, locking-tremolo nuts, and more.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Vintage Guitar, February 2007

“The book takes the mystery out of maintaining and codifying what is really a simple instrument, and shows the reader how to make it truly their own … one of the best at showing you how.”

Library Journal, Feb. 15, 2007

“A clearly written owner’s manual and tune-up/troubleshooting guide full of hot rodders’ tips and tricks … This first guitar maintenance and repair book to focus on a specific mode is sure to be in demand at public and specialty music libraries.”

Library Journal
The Fender Stratocaster is one of the most popular electric guitars ever. And with the market full of inexpensive imported Strat-type guitars and a wide selection of aftermarket parts, it isn't that hard to make a good guitar great, even with a limited budget. Veteran guitarist Balmer (Stéphane Grappelli: With and Without Django) presents players of this iconic guitar with a clearly written owner's manual and tune-up/troubleshooting guide full of hot rodders' tips and tricks. The book covers the basics of selecting and buying Strat-style guitars to fit players' needs as well as maintenance and repair operations like tuning, setting intonation, tremolo alignment, fret repairs, and bridge and nut adjustments. There are also sections on electronics troubleshooting, quick fixes for common problems, and performance enhancements (e.g., hotter pickups, alternative switching arrangements, and locking nuts). Full-color illustrations pepper each page, and close-up photos guide even the novice guitarist. This first guitar maintenance and repair book to focus on a specific model is sure to be in demand at public and specialty music libraries.
—Eric C. Shoaf

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760329832
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
02/15/2007
Edition description:
First
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Vintage Guitar, February 2007

“The book takes the mystery out of maintaining and codifying what is really a simple instrument, and shows the reader how to make it truly their own … one of the best at showing you how.”

Library Journal, Feb. 15, 2007

“A clearly written owner’s manual and tune-up/troubleshooting guide full of hot rodders’ tips and tricks … This first guitar maintenance and repair book to focus on a specific mode is sure to be in demand at public and specialty music libraries.”

 

Meet the Author

Paul Balmer is a veteran guitarist, author, and documentary film producer. He is the author of a biographical book and film on Stéphane Grappelli, among others. He lives in England.

Hank Marvin is the lead guitarist of The Shadows, one of the most influential rock bands before the

The Beatles

. His guitar playing was a great inspiration to others, including

Eric Clapton

,

George Harrison

,

David Gilmour

,

Brian May

,

Tony Iommi

,

Mark Knopfler

,

Pete Townshend

, and many more. Marvin was also one of the pioneer users and innovators of the Fender Stratocaster. In 1992, Fender honored him with the limited-edition Fender Squier Stratocaster Hank Marvin Signature Model.

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