Denny shares a little about himself and his musical background before playing a little lick.
Acoustic Guitar - Getting Started4:28
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.
Truss Rod Adjustment6:31
Denny takes a deep look at the neck and shows how to adjust the truss rod.
Adjusting the Action7:39
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.
Adjusting the Nut Height6:22
Denny files down the nut to get the strings properly positioned.
Electric Guitar: Getting Started3:11
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.
Setting Up The Bridge4:34
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.
Adjusting the Truss Rod3:51
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.
Checking the Nut Height5:17
We take a look at the stings and how they sit on the neck before filing down the nut and removing the "Buzzing" sounds.
The Tremolo Angle1:12
Denny examines the back of the guitar and sets up the "Tremolo Angle" before tuning things back to pitch.
Adjusting the Pickups1:57
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.
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.
Truss Rod Adjustment2:39
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.
Adjusting the Action2:30
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.
Setting the Bridge Height1:03
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.
Finishing the Project8:24
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 Setup3:42
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.
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.
Re-String & Check Nut Height9:13
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: Setup4:13
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.
Installing a String6:13
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.
Adjusting the Springs2:15
Denny adjusts the springs so the bridge is parallel with the body. After getting the springs set, he re-tunes the guitar to pitch.
Adjusting the Bridge5:42
Denny uses the allen wrench to adjust the height of the strings, and shows us some custom "Shims" and installs one under a saddle.
Adjusting Nut Height9:37
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
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.
Strat Style Truss Rod Adjustment1:27
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.
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.
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!
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
Submitted 10 months ago
I liked the fact that specific measurements are given for each element in the setup.
I am a: Semi-Pro, Musician, Pro Tools
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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