I Need Guitar Repair Tools, But Don’t Know What To Buy!
Alright, let’s talk about one of the least talked about problems when it comes to making guitar repairs, tools. “What tools do I need?” or “I don’t know where to start buying?” or “I can’t afford all these tools!” are some many things I hear when it comes to starting a repair job. Well, sit back, relax and take a breath and I’ll make it easier to get started.
First question to ask yourself: “What job am I starting with?” Then, make sure it’s a task you can handle without pro help. Then, if you’re gonna tackle it, research the job and the tools needed. Finally, get all your parts and materials before you start the job.
Now let’s discuss some common guitar repairs and the tools needed to complete them. After all, there is nothing more annoying than starting a job and not having the tools to complete it.
First up, probably the most common repair/maintenance item, a string change. The only materials you need should be the strings and some cleaning supplies for the neck and frets. The tool list starts pretty basic including a string winder, some cutters and a tuner. Stop! Are you changing the gauge of your strings? Does It need a setup? In those cases you’ll need a set of feeler gauges, truss rod wrenches, string height ruler, and a capo. Remember, research judicially so you don’t shortcut yourself.
Next up, one of the most common repairs is a volume or tone control change. You still may need the string removal supplies, depending on your guitar, but you’ll definitely need wire cutters, wire strippers, soldiering iron & solder, and the new potentiometer. Don’t forget a screwdriver or two either and finally some needle nose pliers.
Also, as you get more into electrical components, soldering flux and a solder removing pump will come in handy as well. If you get into troubleshooting, a good digital multi meter is essential. It will be used for everything from checking a control to checking for a dead transformer.
Well, the last thing I want to talk about is having a place to work. Make sure that it’s a place where only you will be working. That makes it easier to keep up with your tools. Make sure it’s large enough and well lit, and most of all, make sure it’s comfortable to work at. Some of these repairs are tedious and you don’t need a backache or a leg cramp to irritate you and steal your attention.
Please check out the video below as I highlight some the most used tools on my bench. These are not all of the tools I use, but are the most used ones. Remember, you don’t have to break the bank, but buy a good quality tool the first time and it will provide you with years of great service.
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