Basic guitar toolkit by TT Zop



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Description Tools used to perform this retrofit (Gold Top Retrofit):
  • The Gibson Les Paul Handbook by Paul Balmer ($16.50 from Amazon)
  • Dremel™ rotary tool (grinding, fret polishing)
  • Screwdriver with hex head socket, multiple tips stored inside
    • Hex bit for the above, to use sockets
    • Deep 1/4" socket, for jack and pot nuts
    • Narrow walled 5/16" socket, for truss rod adjustment
  • Small Phillips and Standard tip jeweler's screwdrivers
  • Wire snips and needle-nosed pliers
  • Multimeter, digital auto range ($13 on eBay)
  • Pair of alligator clip leads
  • Micrometer, with digital readout ($12 on eBay)
  • X-Acto™ knife
  • Small pistol-grip battery-powered drill with hex head socket
  • Turbo Tune string winder, pulls apart for drill use ($8 from Stew-Mac)
  • Helping Hands clips w/ lighted magnifier and soldering station
  • 25 Watt soldering iron (pen type), chisel tip
  • Desoldering bulb, solder wick for cleanup
  • Solder, 60/40 resin core
  • Wire strippers
  • Bright halogen desk lamp
  • Acrylic ruler with metal straightedge to check fret level (not shown)

Also essential: Besides a few cleaning/polishing products, three large thick bath towels to lay flat or roll up, to both support and protect the guitar.

Don't let a fear of soldering prevent you from doing your own guitar work. If you can play guitar, you already have more than enough dexterity to do it. Basic instructions and how-to videos are all over the Web; spend five minutes to learn and five minutes to practice, and you'll have it down.

Date 1 March 2010(2010-03-01), 04:53
Source Basic guitar toolkit
Author TT Zop


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