Electric guitar maintenance manual
I guess after 5 months I ought to think about maintaining my axe. Especially since I'm an hour away from the nearest luthier.
I wanted to solicit some opinions on guitar maintenance manuals, specifically ones that include detailed information that would apply to a Stratocaster knockoff (Yamaha Pacifica 112J). I've checked out the Erlewine book on Amazon, and though it generally gets good reviews, there was some concern that it wasn't detailed or "step-by-step" enough in some areas.
Aside from a periodic string-change, setup, surface cleaning, and deep-tissue massage, there's not much that needs to be done. Some people don't do anything until a string breaks.
The basics are covered here under the "maintenance" section:
The main complication you'll face is with the tremelo bridge on a Strat-style guitar. You can avoid most problems by changing the strings one at a time, and using the same string gauge. A Floyd Rose trem bridge creates additional complexity.
Other simple stuff:
If your pots get scratchy, invest in some DeOxit or similar electrical contact cleaner.
Tighten the nuts and screws.
A drop of blue LocTite on the nut that holds the output jack in place can be a good idea.
Also, you can subscribe to Erlewine's maintenance/repair email at Stew-Mac. Once in a while he puts out some real gems.
"Everybody got to elevate from the norm."
Dan Erlewine has written several books. The one published by Guitar Player is far more comprehensive than "How to Make Your Electric Guitar <snip>" However, both are written in pretty much the same style.
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I have found lots of good stuff online but from what I hear Earlewines books are premo. He has some vids as well. I watched one of him cutting a nut, come to think of it, I think it was on the StewMac site. In the end, experience is the best teacher so you just have to get some good instructions and go at it, but it sounds like you are ready for that so good luck!
http://www.fender.com/support/stratocaster.php This is for a Strat but might help.
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The latest Dan Erlewhine book is great and comes with a DVD:
That latest version does look like the way to go. Thanks!