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

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Voyageur Press, Feb 15, 2007 - Music - 175 pages
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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.

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Bought this for someone who just received the guitar as a looks like it is well put together with a lot of information. Well see what he thinks after Christmas. Read full review

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

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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 ... Read full review

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About the author (2007)

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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