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The Fender Stratocaster Handbook: How to Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Strat Hardcover – Jun 1 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (June 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760329834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760329832
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 1.7 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #327,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.”

Library Journal, Feb. 15, 2007

“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

Paul Balmer is a veteran guitarist, author, and documentary film producer. He is the author of a biographical book and film on Stéphane Grappelli, among others. He lives in England.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. MACDONALD on Aug. 10 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book to help you setup and maintain your strat. Covers various models, well explained and is geared towards various levels of skill and comfort level when working with these guitars.

Tom
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By John Herman on May 10 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book on a whim as I wanted to put together a Strat buying parts from Ebay or whomever. Let me say I am glad I purchased this book!! I read articles on the various setups and how to correct them. I found that I never knew all items in the bridge setup of Fender guitars. This alone is worth the price of the book.

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.
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By G. Carson on April 8 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for the moderate to advanced guitar enthusiast. Nicely laid out and easy to understand.
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By Showbear on March 30 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got everything I expected from this book, everything promised on the cover.

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.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fab on Feb. 21 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Few history that anyone could write about the instrument, very week in setup and maintainance
Got the Gibson and Fender books, both are bad.
I don't recommend the Paul Balmer book series.
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