The Fender Stratocaster Handbook, 2nd Edition: How To Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Strat
This is the first hands-on how-to manual devoted to a guitar—the legendary Fender electric guitar, the Stratocaster! This guidebook shows owners and dreamers 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 stage-side fixes, and some basic “performance” enhancements like adding “hot rod” fender and aftermarket pickups, locking-tremolo nuts, and more.
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From the Back Cover
The First How-To Handbook Devoted to the Legendary Fender Stratocaster!
Here are the expert tricks and tips of the guitar techs that you need to make your Strat play like a dream with the tone of a heavenly choir:
- Setup essentials: intonation, bridge and neck adjustment, tremolo alignment
- Easy repairs: fret fixes, string and pickup height fine-tuning
- Do-it-yourself maintenance: electrical troubleshooting, paint and lacquer repairs
- Hot-rod mods: pickup replacement, rewiring options, tremolo blocks
- Backstage gig repairs: hard-learned advice from the pros—and much, much more!
This color guidebook also gives you essential expert advice on choosing which Strat to buy with a detailed model history and valuable tips on examining your purchase. Like a classic 1950s car, these guitars are simple—two boards, some wires, and some pickups. And they’re easily maintained and modified—if you know how to do it, that is! Many musicians pay guitar shops for periodic “tune-ups,” but this book explains how to do it all yourself. Musician and guitar tech Paul Balmer has played Strats since 1960—including his current Fiesta Red ’57 Vintage Reissue.Whether you own a vintage ’54 Strat or a modern beauty, this book is as essential as a pick for getting the most out of your guitar!
About the Author
Paul Balmer is a veteran guitarist, author, and documentary film producer. He is the author of a biography book and film on Stephane Grappelli, among others. He lives in the UK.
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