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    Best book for learning to do setups

    I know the basics, but I am looking for something that will give me insights into the details of doing setups. What out there is good?

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    Otherwise I have a few books on building guitars in my workshop that have in depth sections on final setup and such. When i get a chance I'll post the titles as I don't remember off the top of my head.

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    i would love something like this as well. I've tried browsing vids etc but I never find them that informative.

    Paying £65 for a setup is not something I enjoy....

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    Gives us the book names please

    Sometimes I see videos from Sam Deeks on YT, they are usually hour long and its basically watching him work on guitars he buys and does Setups on them and later sell:

    They are really nice to watch if you have the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    i would love something like this as well. I've tried browsing vids etc but I never find them that informative.

    Paying £65 for a setup is not something I enjoy....

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    I feel like I kick ass at setups, I have a decent amount of tools, but still very lacking, but i have a small ruler that measures in 64th, I can polish frets(not level) I think I want to buy some radius gauges next, they seem cool and useful. Multiple size screw drivers, allen wrenches etc. I can properly set up a fully floating bridge, and I made my own trem spring puller out of a flute cleaning rod, so I can pull springs safely while under string tension, as to not have to loosen the strings to remove the bridge, for adjusting trem height, and reinstall the springs and be right back in tune give or take, all while the guitar is laying on your lap for bridge pressure. I learned a lot from youtube. The only thing I suck at it truss rods.


    I just found this place locally and I totally want to go take a class or two.
    Midwest Guitar Luthier & Repair -

    They offer classes from a 3 hour setup, to a 1 year luthier program, where you build your own guitar in the process.

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    IBANEZ RULES!! tech - setup

    Honestly, while I haven't referred back to this in a while and while it's probably more Ibanez-focused than you'd like, Rich Harris's setup guide is a veritable goldmine, and where I learned probably 90-95% of what I know on the subject.
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    I have a couple of the Dan Erlewine books that I like a lot for tech/repair stuff.

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