What should I get for my "Essential Guitar Maintenance Kit"?

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  1. Beakertwang

    Beakertwang Supporting Member

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    No loothery or anything. Just general maintenance and occasional minor tweaking.

    Here's what I'm thinking:
    String winder/cutter
    Polish/cloths
    Hex wrenches
    Small screwdrivers
    Lemon oil for rosewood fretboard (other options?)
    Nut sauce (or ?)

    What am I missing?
     
  2. monty

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    Feeler gaugesfor truss rod adjustments.
     
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    halcyon Supporting Member

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    6" stainless ruler with 1/64th accuracy.
     
  4. Beakertwang

    Beakertwang Supporting Member

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    Help me out. What would I use that for? Just string height, pickup height, etc.?
     
  5. TheoDog

    TheoDog Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes.

    Also soldering iron, pliers, radius gauges, and more.
     
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    Wrenches or drivers for the nuts on tuners, pots and jacks.
     
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    A bottle of mineral spirits can be used for hard core cleaning. It'll strip off any gunk in its way. Get the new stuff in the green bottle. It's low odor and isn't highly flammable.
     
  9. bkatx

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    stuff in my kit:

    needle-nose pliers
    precision screwdrivers
    string cutter
    string winder
    allen wrenches (metric and standard)
    straight edge about 18 inch long (to check relief)
    neck rest stand for the guitar
    a bunch of soft cloth / rags
    fingerboard oil
    polish
    feeler gauges (almost never use them)
    radius gauges (for setups)
    jewelers rouge (polishing frets)
    a bunch of extra parts (trem springs, knobs, strap buttons, etc..)
    tons of strings


    And some other stuff I can't think of. It all fits nicely in a small toolbox I got at Home Depot.
     
  10. 9fingers

    9fingers Supporting Member

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    A good assortment of quality screwdrivers, metric & SAE Allen key sets, the aforementioned 6" machinist rule (Starrett is great), metric & SAE sockets & a nut driver handle, & good needle nose pliers is most of what I use. Side cutting pliers for cutting strings; a string winder is nice. A magnifying visor (can't do thousandths of an inch adjustments unless you can see them) and a swing away clamp on light.
    Digital calipers are only $12 - $15 bucks now and be quite useful.

    The taut string is a built in straightedge for relief etc.
    The fingerboard is essentially the radius gauge.
    Mineral oil from the Dollar store is great for fingerboards.
    Chapstick on a toothpick works well in nut slots.
    White Scotchbrite polishes frets beautifully.
    Microfiber cloths for cleaning & a can of Zippo lighter fluid (naptha) for cutting crud.
    TGP for any questions you need answers.

    I own all the fancy stuff but can do a good job on any most setup with the above.
     

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