How to set up your electric guitar – improve your guitar’s tone and playability with this step-by-step guide

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GUITAR SHOWCASE 2023: A guitar setup from an experienced luthier is the quickest way to get your guitar back into shape. If you’ve changed string gauge from the original size, there’s every chance your guitar’s nut, neck relief, string height and intonation will need adjusting too. 

Some (or all) of this work can be carried out yourself – however, if you’ve never done it before then paying a professional to give your pride and joy a once-over is well worth it.

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Stuart Williams

Stuart is a freelancer for Guitar World and heads up Total Guitar magazine's gear section. He formerly edited Total Guitar and Rhythm magazines in the UK and has been playing guitar and drums for over two decades (his arms are very tired). When he's not working on the site, he can be found gigging and depping in function bands and the odd original project.