Acoustic Guitar Owner's Manual

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String Letter Publishing, Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation
Hal Leonard Corporation, 2000 - Music - 111 pages
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(String Letter Publishing). Acoustic guitarists can now better understand their instruments, preserve and protect their value, and get the sounds they really want, thanks to this new book from the experts at Acoustic Guitar magazine. This indispensable guide begins by acquainting players with their instruments and laying to rest some pervasive guitar myths, then proceeds through various aspects of basic care, setup, common repairs, and pickup installation. Whether it's cleaning and polishing a beloved guitar, protecting it from theft or changes in humidity, selecting a case, or performing diagnostics, readers will become more savvy acoustic guitar owners and repair-shop customers and can forego dubious advice from well-meaning friends and anonymous "experts" on the Web. Includes a primer and glossary of terms.
  

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Contents

An Acoustic Guitar Primer
9
Inside Your Guitar
16
Fifteen Guitar Myths Debunked
25
A Guide to Steel and Nylon Strings
29
Comparing Bronze Strings
30
Nylon String Tension
31
Stringing a Classical with Steel
32
When to Change Strings
33
Fret Maintenance
65
Protruding Frets
66
Fret Lingo
68
Refretting
69
Worn Fingerboards
70
Jumbo Frets
71
Caring for Your Guitars Finish
72
Painting a Guitar
73

Tuning Up
34
Sticking Bridge Pins
35
Resonator Guitar Strings
36
Guitar Care Basics
37
Cleaning and Polishing
40
Cleaning a Resonator Guitar
42
Humidity and Your Guitar
43
Choosing a Case
46
Flying with Your Guitar
48
Protecting Your Instrument from Theft
51
Getting u Good Guitar Setup
54
Placing a Strap Button
55
Lefty Conversions
56
Compensating Saddles
57
Cutting String Slots
58
Setting the Action
59
Saddle and Bridge Pin Materials
62
Lifting Pickguards
75
Fixing Rattles
76
Resonator Rattles
78
When Guitars Crack
79
Bridge Repairs
82
Neck
86
Reshaping the Neck
88
Repairing and Restoring Vintage Instruments
90
Installing and Troubleshooting Pickups
94
Placing Internal Mics
95
Archtop Pickups
96
Amplifying a Resonator Guitar
97
A Complete Glossary of Acoustic Guitar Lingo
98
How to Identity and Appraise Your Guitar
105
Resources
108
Index
110
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