Most guitar players learn the basics on an ecomy guitar and there has never been a better time to find a bargain, with working instruments available for as little as GBP100. With some essential tweaks, good strings and careful setting up, it's possible to hone a budget guitar into a professional instrument. This manual offers tips, specialist advice and tricks of the trade that can be used to transform an 'off-the-shelf' entry-level guitar to provide feel, performance and sound to rival much more expensive instruments.
Paul Balmer has played and taught guitar for 40 years. His background includes broadcasting (TV and radio), video/DVD production and authorship of several books. Besides Haynes Manuals for the Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Fender Bass, Gibson Les Paul and Acoustic Guitar, he has written the acclaimed official biography of jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli. He lives at Oakley Vale, Northamptonshire.