The Fender Stratocaster Handbook: How to Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Strat Hardcover – Jun 1 2010
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Vintage Guitar, February 2007
“The book takes the mystery out of maintaining and codifying what is really a simple instrument, and shows the reader how to make it truly their own … one of the best at showing you how.”
“A clearly written owner’s manual and tune-up/troubleshooting guide full of hot rodders’ tips and tricks … This first guitar maintenance and repair book to focus on a specific mode is sure to be in demand at public and specialty music libraries.”
About the Author
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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I had a 1999 model that I was never happy with. So I thought I would just check some of the setups detailed in the book such as string heights, tuning on 12 fret, and how the bridge setings work. This guitar was so far out of alignment I couldn't believe it. I went through the instructions, reset and made ajustments, and couldn't believe the guitar could ever sound that good.
If you want to understand your Strat, I highly recommend this book. Also, if you buy a Squire or cheaper version of Fender, I have no doubt that with the help of this book, you might turn a poor guitar into a much better performing guitar. Hope this might help the reader to enjoy and may be even fix a guitar that you think should play or sound better. Try the book and i know you will be glad you did.
First, some (but not too much) history of the Strat, including highlights of the changes made over the years and why and when they occurred.
Then, sets of excellently-clear and thoroughly-illustrated instructions for setting up a handful of the most popular Strat models. In aggregate, they cover pretty much any combination of popular Fender parts you're likely to find. More-risky repairs such as nut replacements and refinishing are covered too, but with careful warnings about using a pro if you don't know what you're doing.
Extremely serious collectors of vintage guitars, or experienced luthiers embarked on significant restorations, may want more than this book. But for the rest of us, it's everything needed.
Got the Gibson and Fender books, both are bad.
I don't recommend the Paul Balmer book series.