Guitar Set-up Tutorial

If you want to learn how to set up your guitar, you've come to the right place. Why pay lots of money to keep your guitar set-up when you can do it yourself?

Of course, I'm not saying that you should never seek the services of a guitar tech, just that there are lots of little jobs you can do yourself and save money. I was in a local music shop a few days ago and they wanted 5 to string your guitar for you! I'll show you how to do it for nothing, and also how to ensure that the intonation and action are set up for optimum playability, saving you even more money.

All you need are a few simple tools - nothing specialised or very hard to find - and a little time and patience.

So, bookmark this page and come back to it and you should learn how to set up your guitar. Tutorials will appear as I write them.


#1 - The tools

#2 - How to string your guitar

#3 - Setting the intonation

#4 - Adjusting the nut

#5 - Adjusting the truss rod

#6 - Minor maintenance jobs