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Guitarist's Tech Workshop

with Kurt Bloch and Ben Verellen

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  •   01 Basic Components of the Electric Guitar

    28:17
  •   03 Proper Stringing Techniques

    04:31

Class duration: 5h 30m

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About The Class

let two masters show how to take care of your gear.

Performing a proper setup for your guitar can seem like a dark art requiring a copper chalice filled with incense. Reading a schematic of a tube amplifier can seem like you’re staring at ancient Sanskrit. Guitar and tube amp masters Kurt Bloch and Ben Verellen are here to help.

In this two-part workshop, Kurt and Ben will show you exactly how to get the best sound out of your gear.

In part-one Kurt will teach the basics of setting up your guitar – you’ll learn about:

  • Truss rod adjustment
  • Bridge and nut adjustment
  • String gauge and playing style
  • Guitar maintenance and upkeep
  • Guitar electronics and pickups

Part-two is your primer on tube amplifiers. Kurt and Ben will explain how they work and show you how to keep them sounding great. You’ll learn:

  • Tube biasing
  • Block diagrams and understanding schematics
  • Basic amplifier maintenance
  • Capacitor, resistor, and transformer replacement
  • Speaker repair and power-matching

Kurt Bloch is not only Gibson Guitar’s in-house guitar guru, he’s a legend in the Seattle music scene. He plays in The Fastbacks and Young Fresh Fellows and has a producer credits for his work with The Presidents of the United States of America and Tokyo Dragons. Ben Verellen started Verellen Amplifiers in 2000 and now has a full-time staff churning out hand made custom tube amplifiers for some of the most respected artists in rock and metal. He also fronts Helms Alee, a rock band based in Seattle.

Don’t get caught with crappy tone and blown out speaker – let these two masters show how to take care of your gear and get the best possible sound.


Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Basic Components of the Electric Guitar

    28:17
  2. 02

    Problem Areas of Maintenance

    14:08
  3. 03

    Proper Stringing Techniques

    04:31
  4. 04

    Proper Standard Rock Setup

    34:10
  5. 05

    Action and Tuning Adjustments

    22:21
  6. 06

    Proper Drop Tuning Setup

    39:49
  7. 07

    Electronic Maintenance

    22:11
  8. 08

    Electricity Basics

    24:06
  9. 09

    Reading a Schematic

    06:53
  10. 10

    Using a Multimeter

    10:20
  11. 11

    Power Matching Speakers and Amps

    26:32
  12. 12

    Adjusting and Understanding Tube Bias

    23:45
  13. 13

    Building Blocks of an Amplifier

    06:40
  14. 14

    Preamplifier Circuit Design

    28:25
  15. 15

    Power Amplifier Circuit Design

    10:36
  16. 16

    The Phase Inverter

    03:58
  17. 17

    The Power Supply

    15:03
  18. 18

    Final Q&A

    08:44

Meet Your Experts

Kurt Bloch

As the founder and leader of the Fastbacks, Kurt Bloch's place among the great garage rock pantheon is secure, but his credits as a producer have taken him to the next level in the underground (though he's not quite to ... read more

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Ben Verellen

Ben Verellen is the founder and chief amp-designer of Verellen Amplifiers in Seattle, WA as well as the guitarist for Tacoma, WA based rock band Helms Alee. After starting in the post-hardcore/noise rock scene with the band Harkonen in 1995, ... read more

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66% of students recommend this class.
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  • Patrick Marc

    Patrick Marc

    April 2015

    This is a fantastic course. I was forever looking up Youtube videos on how to set up all of my guitars for different things, and opinion varies wildly on-line, so it's really great to have these videos detailing the entire process in clear and easy terms. The information on the amplifiers is intensely interesting too. Fantastic!

  • Andrew Synowiec

    December 2015

    I bought this course for the amplifier section and skipped straight there. It's fantastic. Right at the perfect level for me, a newbie DIY-er with a few pedals, a kit amp and an Electronics 101 course under my belt. Well done! I'll update my review if I have time to watch the guitar section.

  • Eric Weissenborn

    July 2015

    I don't think this course is nearly in-depth as it should be. It's really just an overview on how to set up a guitar but doesn't go nearly in-depth enough to truly learn how to do it yourself. I hoped I would be able to learn how to do my own set ups with this course. The whole thing just feels like it was lazily done. I feel like I wasted my money on this. You Tube videos were much more helpful.

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