Guitar Tutorial

Guitar Setup & Maintenance

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Introduction

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:12

    Denny shares a little about himself and his musical background before playing a little lick.

Acoustic Guitar

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    Tutorial 2

    Acoustic Guitar - Getting Started

    4:28

    Denny takes a look at the tools we'll need to set up an acoustic guitar. Denny will be working on a 'Guild Dreadnaught' as we restring and tune the guitar.

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    Tutorial 3

    Truss Rod Adjustment

    6:31

    Denny takes a deep look at the neck and shows how to adjust the truss rod.

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    Tutorial 4

    Adjusting the Action

    7:39

    Denny adjusts the action and gets things sounding great for open tunings. After we set it up we re-string the guitar and tune it to pitch.

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    Tutorial 5

    Adjusting the Nut Height

    6:22

    Denny files down the nut to get the strings properly positioned.

Electric Guitar

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    Tutorial 6

    Electric Guitar: Getting Started

    3:11

    Denny explains the tools we'll need to adjust an electric guitar properly. He then demonstrates how to quickly wind up a string and how to keep it in tune.

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    Tutorial 7

    Setting Up The Bridge

    4:34

    Denny examines the bridge on the "Strat" style guitar and then set up the Tremolo or the "Whammy Bar". We then tune the guitar to pitch.

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    Tutorial 8

    Adjusting the Truss Rod

    3:51

    Denny checks the "Zones" of the guitar's neck and start measuring and inspecting the neck position. You will learn how to loosen the truss rod and use the "Capo" for some adjustments.

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    Tutorial 9

    Checking the Nut Height

    5:17

    We take a look at the stings and how they sit on the neck before filing down the nut and removing the "Buzzing" sounds.

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    Tutorial 10

    The Tremolo Angle

    1:12

    Denny examines the back of the guitar and sets up the "Tremolo Angle" before tuning things back to pitch.

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    Tutorial 11

    Adjusting the Pickups

    1:57

    Denny takes a look at the height of the pickups with our ruler. He creates the right gaps for a good sounding and performing guitar.

Jazz Guitar

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    Tutorial 12

    Setup

    2:42

    Denny begins by discussing the tools we'll need for a "Jazz Guitar". He then shows us how to install a string before taking a close look at how to tie off your guitar string and quickly get into tune.

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    Tutorial 13

    Truss Rod Adjustment

    2:39

    Denny removes the Truss Rod Cover and works with the 18" straight edge to check the neck for bows or gaps. He then lists off some things to watch out for, like over tightening.

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    Tutorial 14

    Adjusting the Action

    2:30

    In this video you'll learn how to adjust the action on your Jazz Guitar while paying close attention to the frets and string placement.

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    Tutorial 15

    Setting the Bridge Height

    1:03

    Denny adjusts the nut width by filing it down and re-sitting the string in the groove. You will also learn how to use our own fingers to inspect the tension of the strings and make your own judgements on what to do.

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    Tutorial 16

    Finishing the Project

    8:24

    Denny files the nut height down before tuning the guitar to pitch and checking the action on the guitar one last time. As Denny has adjusted several of the moving parts on the guitar, things are going to need re-adjusting, so Denny adjust the small screws on the top of the pickup, changing the sound or "meat" of the string. Finally, Denny checks every fret of the guitar and inspects the sounds they make before playing the guitar and making sure everything is in tune.

Slide Guitar

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    Tutorial 17

    Slide Guitar Setup

    3:42

    Denny begins with a list of the tools we'll need for the Slide Guitar. He then shows us why a guitar that's set up for normal play will probably not work for slide guitar. Denny also loosens the truss rod a bit and checks all the Zones on the frets before adjusting the Truss Rod.

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    Tutorial 18

    Adjusting Saddles

    3:23

    Denny takes the 6" ruler to the strings and saddle to see where the guitar is at and raises up the strings so they are more even, so the slide can evenly sit on the strings.

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    Tutorial 19

    Re-String & Check Nut Height

    9:13

    Denny first tunes the guitar and inspects how the strings are sitting on the frets before removing the nut. Which is a rather tricky procedure that involves a hammer and a few other tools. We see Denny throw on some new strings and tunes it back up before one last test run.

Floyd Rose

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    Tutorial 20

    Floyd Rose: Setup

    4:13

    Denny takes a look at all the tools we'll need for a guitar with a "Floating Tremolo" with a Locking Nut. The guitar we'll check out is a Kramer Baretta. Denny shows us how to oil up the Tremolo and scrapes off the finish from the nut. This helps clean up the sound as these parts get dirty from everyday use.

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    Tutorial 21

    Installing a String

    6:13

    Denny shows us how to install a string "Backwards" to help prevent guitars like this from detuning after a string breaks. He then tunes things up and gets things sounding good.

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    Tutorial 22

    Adjusting the Springs

    2:15

    Denny adjusts the springs so the bridge is parallel with the body. After getting the springs set, he re-tunes the guitar to pitch.

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    Tutorial 23

    Adjusting the Bridge

    5:42

    Denny uses the allen wrench to adjust the height of the strings, and shows us some custom "Shims" and installs one under a saddle.

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    Tutorial 24

    Adjusting Nut Height

    9:37

    Denny checks the nut height for the guitar and loosens the set screws in the back of the head stock so he can place a shim under the nut. He then stretches out the strings a bit before fine tuning the guitar.

Truss Rod Adjustments

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    Tutorial 25

    Electric Guitar

    4:36

    Denny discusses what tools we will need to adjust the truss rod. Starting with a "Tele-Style Truss Rod", he removes the neckplate, completely removes the neck and adjusts the truss rod.

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    Tutorial 26

    Strat Style Truss Rod Adjustment

    1:27

    Denny switches up the guitars to show us some different things we should watch out for when adjusting Trussn Rods. He uses the 1/8th Allen Wrench and some WD-40 to loosen up the Truss Rod.

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    Tutorial 27

    Acoustic Guitar

    2:05

    Denny shows us a few different acoustic guitars and how to adjust their Truss Rods. Some acoustic guitars are adjusted from inside the sound hole and others from the headstock.

Credits

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    Tutorial 28

    Credits

    0:59

    Denny shares a few last words and signs off with some acoustic guitar while the credits roll.

Denny Rauen is a nationally-acclaimed master luthier whose clientele includes many top musicians and collectors from around the world, including Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Tom Bukovac, Roger Glover, Willy Porter, Andy McKee, Greg Koch, and many more.

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rauen Guitars specializes in the restoration, repair, and modification of new and vintage acoustic and electric guitars, basses, harp-guitars, mandolins, and banjos.

In this must-have instructional DVD, Denny personally teaches you Acoustic & Electric Guitar Setup, Jazz, Slide and Floyd Rose Setups, How to adjust the Truss Rod, Bridge, Pickups, Pole Pieces, Nut Height, Saddles, Tremelo Angle and Many Trade Secrets!

Wether you fix guitars for a living, are a hobbyist, or just want to save money and learn to fix your own, this series is a must see... Checkout "Guitar Setup & Maintenance" today!

joeypinter
Submitted 10 months ago

pickup height adjustment

i really wanted to know what was said about p/u height, this is something that drives me nuts. on every youtube vid, i've watched one must fret the string at the top (last) fret then measure the distance from the pole to the bottom of the string. on this vid, he does not do that. what gives?? i would appreciate any suggestions.

I am a: Professional, Musician, Cakewalk Sonar

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Jim
Submitted 10 months ago

Very specific

I liked the fact that specific measurements are given for each element in the setup.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Pro Tools

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soolan
Submitted 2 years ago

Gtr Setup & Maint.

Interesting, nice to know what a Techie does to a guitar. Have to admit it's not for me, I'll still take mine to a techie. Most interesting to me is the Floyd Rose. Heard of it but never seen. This setup is "not" for me, a lot of work just to change a string.

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist

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Guitar Setup & Maintenance is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 2.5 out of 5 by from pickup height adjustment i really wanted to know what was said about p/u height, this is something that drives me nuts. on every youtube vid, i've watched one must fret the string at the top (last) fret then measure the distance from the pole to the bottom of the string. on this vid, he does not do that. what gives?? i would appreciate any suggestions.
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Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Very specific I liked the fact that specific measurements are given for each element in the setup.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Gtr Setup & Maint. Interesting, nice to know what a Techie does to a guitar. Have to admit it's not for me, I'll still take mine to a techie. Most interesting to me is the Floyd Rose. Heard of it but never seen. This setup is "not" for me, a lot of work just to change a string.
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