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Guitar Player Repair Guide is top notch.
Guitar Player Repair Guide
Also you'll find hundreds of free YouTube videos.
If it's your first time I suggest buying a cheap diy kit and learning how to make it playable. It will help you learn a lot about setting up a guitar and how each part works. Going straight to building a full guitar from scratch is tough and it requires a lot of tools.
Good luck, post some pictures as you progress.
Invest in this book and try learning how to do a setup. It’s not hard, but things need to be done in order. I do everything myself except for nut cutting and that’s just because I have the tools. Oh yeah, fret dressing is also beyond my scope. But you can easily adjust the neck, string it, adjust the whammy, string height, pickup height and make it very playable.
I have an alternative, but I'd suggest doing so after you have someone with experience set it up. There's a book called The Guitar Player Repair Guide. I know it's guitar focused but the luthier concepts are the same. It'll tell you the set up of electric and acoustic instruments as well as explaining common repairs. You might even be able to find it at your local library.
Hey fellow human, just thought I'd suggest alternative if in the future you want to handle your set up yourself (I'd still suggest having an experienced person set it up first). There's a book called The Guitar Player Repair Guide. It'll teach you how to do a setup on electric and acoustic as well has how to make the cheap bass more playable outside of intonation (ex. feel the roughness of the edge of the frets as you drag your hand along the neck). I know it's guitar focused but a lot of the luthier concepts are the same.
It’ll come to you! When I started playing, there were no internet resources so it was much more tedious learning things than it is today.
This book is the gold standard for how to setup and do repairs to your guitar. I fully recommend it. Dan also has a ton of videos on YouTube, I think mostly in the StewMac channel, that cover a lot of this too.
I did this once
And my teachers were/are professional lutheries. 1. Go on amazon there is a good book that will help you : The Guitar Player Repair Guide https://www.amazon.com/dp/0879309210/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_KVDaEb2SJ91EH
2. I had the of the top come off like yours did, and I left it alone. Mine was already coming off because the wood warped a little [bad batch of sapelle] and I was told to reinforce the inside where the bridge was first, then put the brusge back on !!!and dont sand it. It should fit perfect if you're not repositioning the bridge!!!
3. In the future I would suggest a hot iron and a frosting spatula. It's easy but takes some time.
Nobody here is going to be able to diagnose what the problem is without being able to look at it.
If you don't know how to check things like neck relief, nut height, saddle height, or bridge pitch you should bring it to a tech and buy a good book on setting up guitars while you wait for your setup to be finished.
The Guitar Player Repair Guide by Dan Erlewine.
I'm not sure if this is exactly what you're after, but if you want to know how to maintain a guitar from top to bottom (electric or acoustic) this is a fantastic resource that I recommend to every single guitar player out there.
There's only 1 kind of setup and it involves adjusting the neck relief, saddle/bridge height and nut slot depth.
Contrary to what some of these posts have stated you should be prepared to adjust all of these things when changing string gauges. Learning how to setup your own guitars is a skill I would recommend to ANY guitar player.
I'd recommend using/buying a book called 'The Guitar Player Repair Guide' -- written by Dan Elewine. It does a good job of explaining the setup process for some common electrics as well as acoustics.
You're dangerously close to doing something that will wreck your guitar. If you want to learn this stuff, get Dan Erlewine's Repair Guide and a couple of busted up pawn shop guitars.
The best way possible would to shadow an experienced luthier, but obviously not everyone has this luxury. Fortunately, /r/ins0mnyteq was able to do that.
Otherwise, I would just read up about it, read forums, posts, watch youtube videos. There's a really good book out there as well to familiarize yourself with the tools and the process, here's a link
Dan Erlewine is widely respected amongst luthiers, he really knows his shit and has awesome material. Start buy reading this kind of stuff, and practicing on cheap instruments.
Also - a good website to buy your parts/tools is stewmac.com, really high quality and has everything you'd possibly need.
Looks like you need to adjust your action height or your truss rod - or both. Your nut may be cut too low, or your bridge, maybe both. You might also have some fret height issues.
You can google how to fix these things. They are not hard.
If you want a reference, then buy this:
Guitar Player Repair Guide 3rd Edition
This is the best book on guitar repair period.
It goes though the absolute basics, all the way up to extreme repairs.
Bridge: bottom of guitar.
Nut: top of guitar.
Fret buzzing can also be caused by non-level frets, a mis-adjusted truss rod, or other things.
Want to know everything about fixing a guitar you would ever want to know?
This is the book on the subject:
Absolutely yes. You can get it done cheaper than $150 but you get what you pay for. You have a great guitar you should get it set-up properly. You can also learn to do it yourself. It's fun. It will cost you about $100 for everything you need including a book. I bought this one and I like it :
It has set-ups and more.
> I don't understand how it's still a Fender if you replace the body and neck.??
If your replace them with licensed Fender parts its still a Fender , as for a setup that part isnt that hard , take a look at this book it covers just about everything and included a dvd with a video of the steps but for an American Tele maybe ask over in /r/telecaster they may know some other options ?
That is a really good source of useful information. It goes as far in-depth as you wish to go. There is information that is useful to every level of guitarist and luthier as well. Clearly explains the basics every guitar owner should know. Using this book, I set up my LTD with FR Special on it in drop C the very first time I did it. Really simple procedure and my guitar stays in tune very very well. Divebombs go back up right in tune every time.
I suggest trying different strings, different tunings, and different setups (varying string height etc) to find what you like and what feels good. Take it to a pro if you don't want to go to that much trouble, although it is pretty easy if you have any DIY skills. Try to let them know what you plan to mostly play on it.. different styles will favor a certain setup. That book tells how guitarists including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and several more have their guitars setup.
Dan Erlewine has put out a few good books, this one is one of the best general guitar repair manuals out there.
A very small amount might be okay, but why take the risk?
Also, anyone that isn't familiar with doing setup work and/or repair should get a copy of Dan Erlewine's book, "The Guitar Player Repair Guide". This book was the best $20 I spent on guitar related accessories. I've save hundreds by learning to do my own setups and repairs. http://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Player-Repair-Guide-Book/dp/0879309210/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpi_1
Stewmac is great, but on a budget I'd pick up the parts on guitarfetish.com. You could take it to a music store for repair but it'll likely be pricey. I'd recommend picking up one of Dan Erlewine's The Guitar Player Repair Guide (http://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Player-Repair-Guide-3rd/dp/0879309210/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1312077752&sr=8-1) and repair it yourself. You'll learn something new and save some money.
If you do decide you want to learn how to work on your instrument get this book The Guitar Player Repair Guide - 3rd Ed.
Learn from a real expert and read this book a few times.
I have an earlier edition without the CD-ROM, and it has helped me enormously .
This would be worth a read, especially the chapter on setup
Otherwise hop over to YouTube and search for "Guitar setup"
Seems like you got it figured out from other comments, but here's some bonus info for the future. Buzzing can happen for a couple reasons - higher up on the neck is usually the nut, mid section of the neck is usually truss rod, lower part is usually fixed with saddle adjustments.
If you want to get REALLY deep into the fine tunings of guitar setup, check out Dan Erlewine's Guitar Player Repair Guide.
If you want a great and entertaining, bit less complicated video, check out this Ben Eller video.
Best book on the subject for those starting out. Have at it!
This is sort of the Bible for that stuff.
The Guitar Player Repair Guide https://www.amazon.com/dp/0879309210/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_VVeyCbXSV4P73
I messed with my neck relief and I can't get it back to normal. My intonation is not great on some strings, the high e string is always extremely flat at the 12th fret even with the saddle as far up as it can go, and I get string buzz on the first few frets. There's a concave curve in my neck that I just can't get rid of. I tighten the neck up but stopped because I think I tightened it up as much as I could and I don't want to bust the truss rod. It's been extremely humid where I live and I typically just leave it on the guitar stand so there is a possibility it's been warped. I'm not experienced enough to tell though. Going to change the strings, and use some sand paper to shave a bit off of the nut since it seems a bit high on the thin strings, and bring it in to the shop to have them reset the neck and adjust the intonation it to see if I can get it playing a little better. If it is warped I might just start saving up for a new guitar.
I bought and follow this book when trying to do any setup stuff. I have a couple flat edges as well. This and this along with this kit. I will try again one day. Just wish I were better at using the tools.
Almost all you'll ever need.
Dan Erlewine's Repair Guide https://www.amazon.com/Guitar-Player-Repair-Guide-3rd/dp/0879309210
Apparently, this is the new edition http://www.amazon.com/The-Guitar-Player-Repair-Guide/dp/0879309210/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0NNR204EECRSAN91T7HC
Learn how to properly set up a guitar. This guy goes thru the major steps really quickly and the book covers it in much more detail. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATYuAwCIzHA
Learn how to replace your pickups, since thats one of the most common upgrades that require some degree of skill (though not that much...). All it takes is a few minutes, and some basic soldering skills. Many people pay quite a bit for something thats actually really basic.
Lastly, if you ever want to work at a shop, then youll want to learn fretwork. Frets age and repairing/replacing them is easily more then half the cost of some cheap chinese guitars. Most people upgrade, but if you paid 1-3 grand for a quality guitar, then you'll opt for the fret dress/refret. This seems to require alot more skill, time, and practice. Again, fret work is way over my head, so if your looking to get into repair, at some point youll want to try it out.
Also if your going to do any work on your guitar I would really suggest this book
Check out some of the Dan Erlewine books and online videos. You can get the books in all the usual places, they're fantastic resources for all things guitar repair/modification. His guitar players repair guide is awesome and gives you different levels of information from casual diy to in-depth expert for each type of repair.
If you want a P-90 in the bridge position with minimal effort, get yourself a Seymour Duncan Phat Cat. It's a humbucker-sized P-90 pickup and it sounds pretty damn good as well. P-90s are a little dirtier than your average Strat single coil though, and probably won't help for that cleanish tone you seem to want. They're great for stuff like Revolver-era Beatles, early Clash and blues.
Since this is a cheap Strat copy the tuners are probably garbage. Replacing tuners can be really easy or moderately difficult; I've had guitars where the replacements just dropped in and fit with the old holes and I've had cases where I needed to drill new holes. I know I installed a set of Gotoh vintage slotted tuners into a cheap Fender Starcaster neck (those crappy strat copies they sell at places like best buy) and I had to do some drilling, but it only took about 15 minutes with a hand-held Dremel, and once the screw holes were there they installed easily.
There's nothing stopping you from sanding down the whole body and clear-coating it. John Lennon did this to one of his Epiphone Casinos, and you see them done to project guitars on eBay all the time.
I hate tremolo bridges; for years on my crummy Ibanez Strat copy I had the tremolo springs removed and shoved a wooden block under the bridge to keep it from moving. :P Never slipped out of tune once. You can get a tremolo bar cheap on eBay or from Stewart-MacDonald.
Is it worth it? That's a totally subjective question, but I've had tons of fun over the years fiddling with cheap guitars and making them not suck. One time I replaced the tuners and bridge pickup on a cheap $200 Epiphone LP Special II, and it sounded & played great. I've also had a couple reissue Duo-Sonics that I've replaced pickups on, and I built one frankenstein Strat out of parts from eBay that I gave to my brother.
The best way to learn is to break stuff and mess up repeatedly. I still can't do a lot of it properly (mostly the woodworking type stuff) but I can do plenty of other things no problem, like re-wiring a guitar or installing tuners.
TL;DR It's definitely possible to do most of the things you want, plus it's fun! Do it!
There are plenty of books and websites out there about this, but probably the one book that helped me the most is The Guitar Player Repair Guide by Dan Erlewine. Tons of useful information.
Hope this all helps.
If you're making an electric, and if you're allowed to use ready-made guitar necks and bodies, I'd do that. Making a neck completely from scratch is serious business - lots of math (fret placement) and more than a little skill. The two most popular companies that come to mind are Warmoth and USA Custom Guitars. Both are reputed to be very high quality. The electronics are probably the easiest part - google and you will find tons of info on that.
Note: Making the nut properly will require special nut files and more reading to understand the angle and shape. A handy string gauge will also be helpful since you can't just set the strings an even distance apart - the thickness of the lower strings will throw everything out of alignment. Go to the Stew-Mac website for nut files and a string gauge if you'll be needing them.
Book recommendation: The Guitar Player Repair Guide. - it'll give you enough of the basics to get started with general guitar set-up, making nuts, leveling frets etc.
I highly recommend Dan Erlewine's book and Ralph Denyer's book as peripheral resources. They'll help you understand the history, construction, and maintenance of electric guitars. Also... Denyer's book is my favorite guitar reference in general (for playing, too).
You can use that tuner, but it will never be as good as a reliable strobe tuner. Be very careful when adjusting the truss. A broken truss rod is a real bummer.
I suggest you get a copy of this book:
It has great information on Fender Strats specifically. Also realize that a Strat neck should have a slight upbow starting around the 9th fret. You do NOT want your neck to be completely flat/straight.
One question, is the bridge fixed or is it stock floating with factory springs?