If you know something about guitar setup, I can honestly say you’re miles ahead of most guitar players. Far too often I’ve seen other people playing guitars in such bad shape that I’d never play them myself, without a proper setup.
A properly setup guitar can mean the difference between a mediocre guitar, and a great guitar. I believe that pretty much any guitar has the potential to be at least decent, as long as it has been setup correctly.
In the video just below, I talk about the importance of proper guitar setup. In the video you’ll see that I mention the Guitar Setup & Maintenance course put out by Learn & Master. I recently had opportunity to review this course, and I do highly recommend it.
I’ll talk about it in more detail in just a moment, but for now, please take a couple minutes to watch the video here for more detail.
Learn & Master Guitar Setup Review
As you saw in the video, I’ve gone through the Learn and Master Guitar Setup course, and all in all, I think there is a lot of great content in there. Greg Voros teaches you the basics of guitar setup and maintenance, and he does it in a slow and detailed fashion so that even if you’re following along at home you should have no problem learning his guitar setup techniques. Keep reading for more information on the course.
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Why Is Proper Guitar Setup Important?
I’ve met beginning guitar players who are really struggling to find the motivation to practice. They find playing difficult, and not very rewarding.
Upon closer inspection, often their guitar is in such bad shape that it is no wonder…
But a good dose of TLC, and all of a sudden they love their guitar – it plays and sounds so much better than before.
Electric Guitar Setup
In the Guitar Setup & Maintenance course, Greg Voros devotes an entire DVD to electric guitars. Rather than talk in the abstract about setting up all electric guitars, he’s picked two very popular ones to use for demonstration purposes. He’ll teach you how to adjust the action, the bridge, and the pickup heights, as well as how to adjust the neck for precise relief, in order to get the best action possible on your electric guitar.
Acoustic Guitar Setup
In the Guitar Setup course, the third DVD is devoted to acoustic guitar setup. Acoustics are very, very different than electric guitars, when you get right down into the mechanics of them, and as such they truly do need a section of their own in any guitar setup guide. You’ll learn how to setup the action and intonation properly on your acoustic, as well as many other tips and tricks that will help you keep it in top working order.
What’s Inside the Learn & Master Course?
The Guitar Setup & Maintenance course consists of three DVDs. All of the Learn and Master have very nice packaging, as you might expect from one of the industry leaders.
The first DVD deals with general guitar setup principles, getting you familiar with the terms, tools and some of the tricks that are common to all guitars.
The second DVD goes into more detail about electric guitars.
The third DVD deals in detail with acoustic guitars, using a Martin and a Gibson as examples.
Conclusions & Recommendations
I know first hand what a difference having a properly setup guitar can make to your playing, and as such, I highly recommend that you make sure your guitar is setup properly.
If you’re not at all interested in doing the work yourself, then I recommend finding a local guitar mechanic that can take a look at your guitars for you.
However, if you’re interested in learning how to work on your own guitars, I’ve not found a better place to start than the Learn & Master Guitar Setup course. You’ll find it actually isn’t that complicated to setup your guitar – it’s just something that needs to be done!