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Guitarist's Tech Workshop

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Proper Stringing Techniques

Kurt Bloch, Ben Verellen

Guitarist's Tech Workshop

Kurt Bloch, Ben Verellen

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3. Proper Stringing Techniques


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2 Problem Areas of Maintenance Duration:14:08
3 Proper Stringing Techniques Duration:04:31
4 Proper Standard Rock Setup Duration:34:10
6 Proper Drop Tuning Setup Duration:39:49
7 Electronic Maintenance Duration:22:11
8 Electricity Basics Duration:24:06
9 Reading a Schematic Duration:06:53
10 Using a Multimeter Duration:10:20
14 Preamplifier Circuit Design Duration:28:25
15 Power Amplifier Circuit Design Duration:10:36
16 The Phase Inverter Duration:03:58
17 The Power Supply Duration:15:03
18 Final Q&A Duration:08:44

Lesson Info

Proper Stringing Techniques

There's a number of different kinds of tuning pegs these air you know, very traditional very standard the's kind probably have had little or no change over the course of whenever they came up with these which sometime in the last century sometime early in the last century these this particular ones have a bolt on the front toe hold them onto the front of the guitar a little bit better but there you know, screwed on the back with two wood screws and then tighten down on the front there's also various kinds of locking uh, tuning pegs that have some sort of a way to put the string in and then tightened it down and most those actually work really well um and in some ways there's no reason not to have locking tuning pegs other than you know, electric guitars fairly traditional instrument and aa lot of the improvements that people come up with over the last decades they're they're good and they were good and they help you play guitar in tune better but at the same time I guess we'll be more ...

sticking with traditional things on guitars, there's locking nuts, there's locking bridges, there's you know everything that has tightening things in those floyd rose tremolo which does its job very well and you know, there's no reason you couldn't put ah locking nut on a guitar that doesn't have a tremolo it might you know it probably could save a lot of problem you could make the guitar out of graphite is people do all these things will make it play better and maybe play in tune better but it takes away some of the traditional wooden sound of a guitar so everything's a trade off there's no perfect setup that works for everybody and so there's uh it's a lot of what we're going to talk about is a lot of ways to try to make the guitar work for you and you're playing style and so that you can you know ultimately play the whole set on a guitar not have to tune up between every song that's the ultimate goal and I suppose maybe I'm the ultimate person do that because I definitely spent a lot of years tuning up between every song what a lot of boring tuning and not actually getting it into the one of the main things have getting a tart of playing tunes to get it be in tune to begin with which you know is also balancing act because there's no guitar there's no guarantee that it's actually ever perfectly in tune as you know as a piano would be or something like that for the air just a function of pushing down on strings is you know it's ah it's sketching it best but then if you add you have distortion and other things to the sound it can exacerbate the the inherent problems with the guitar. But we'll have a look at restraining guitar, cleaning it up and, uh, getting strings on there and adjusting the different, uh, different aspects of it.

Class Description

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.


Patrick Marc

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!

Alan Williams

Excellent course. Slow start with the guitar set up but Kurt knows his stuff so worth watching it to the end before deciding you don't like it. I came across valves (tubes) at the age of 12 (I'm 66 now) and it was a great refrresher for me. Ben really knows his stuff but he can put it into layman terms that are easy to understand. I definitely recommend this course.

Andrew Synowiec

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.