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I've recently finished my explorer build, but I'm not quite happy with a few issues (the three high strings seem to rattle/buzz more than I like) and my action is higher than it ought to be (to avoid buzzing/choke). I was looking at the Dan Erlwine books: The Repair Guide, and the 'how to make an electric guitar play great' - what would be best? They both seem to cover setups, but i'm not sure which one would be the most suitable..

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I've recently finished my explorer build, but I'm not quite happy with a few issues (the three high strings seem to rattle/buzz more than I like) and my action is higher than it ought to be (to avoid buzzing/choke). I was looking at the Dan Erlwine books: The Repair Guide, and the 'how to make an electric guitar play great' - what would be best? They both seem to cover setups, but i'm not sure which one would be the most suitable..

TIA

I have the repair guide and just started reading the whole thing and it's great

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The Book of Mormon has a pretty decent guitar set-up chapter, although it's written as if you're supposed to be working on several guitars at the same time.

I'm sorry, but I just don't get it, I'm assuming it's a joke, but not being knowledgeable of said book, I fail to see the relevance/punchline.

guitar_player - thanks for the reply, does it go into a lot of detail on curing setup buzz issues? I was concerned that the book might be too general in that area as it caters for a lot of different types of issues as well as setups...

Thanks,

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The Book of Mormon has a pretty decent guitar set-up chapter, although it's written as if you're supposed to be working on several guitars at the same time.

I'm sorry, but I just don't get it, I'm assuming it's a joke, but not being knowledgeable of said book, I fail to see the relevance/punchline.

guitar_player - thanks for the reply, does it go into a lot of detail on curing setup buzz issues? I was concerned that the book might be too general in that area as it caters for a lot of different types of issues as well as setups...

Thanks,

It doesn't go into great detail about it as far as I have read. It gives a lot of measurements and stuff like that and has a lot of info on fretwork which is an usual cause of buzzing.

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Ive just finished a Explorer with a Tuneomatic and am assuming you are using one as well. I have found with a TOM the string height is a compromise as you cant adjust each string individually like a Strat.

Assuming frets were levelled OK with a straight neck then check string height at nut by fretting at 3rd fret and high E string should just clear 1st fret for 2 plain strings and fractionally more for each wound string as you move up to the low E. Check you have a little relief when sighting down neck from the headstock.

I use the Fender setup guide as the starting point for guitars now as most of the info is relevant for most guitars and is free to download.

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