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Up Dated Friday, April 24, 2015 3:52 PM

All About Guitar Components


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Welcome to Do it Solo

 

Hi everyone if you’re here to check out the free information and start learning about your guitar itself and doing your own modifications and repairs then you’ve come to the right place.

The electrical components are the easiest and most popular to modify and upgrade. The tools that are required are inexpensive and easy to use. The only thing is soldering, you have to know how to solder. I’m not here to teach you how to solder, but you can learn tips from watching my videos and looking at the illustrations and pictures. If you don’t know how to solder the best thing to do is have a friend or someone show you. The soldering of guitar components is not hi tech, you don’t need to take a course or buy a bunch of books, read the warnings about soldering irons and have someone show you. All of the info is free to print or download so you can take it to your favorite guitar shop and ask them to do it for you if you don’t want to solder.

If you’re already familiar with components and modifications and are looking for some fresh original ideas then you’re at the right place as well. I know there are a lot of guitar websites and there is a mountain of info, so I am compiling information to get people started on doing things themselves, and using my patent knowledge to decipher some real killer Ideas from old musical instrument patents and configuring them to use for guitars specifically. This takes a while but I’m working on one right now that’s almost done its real killer, a pickup and switch schematic from an old lap steel guitar patent that has 3 coils. This project will be for the advanced pickup builder and will be a prime example of what you can find in old patents. Check out the patent page where I showcase some old patents that have some real good reading about music equipment.


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USPTO Patent Search

You can search Patents and Trademarks and get any and all information about Patents Trademarks and other Intellectual Properties.

U.S.P.T.O.


Google Patent Search

Google Patent Search is a very good tool for searching Utility and Design Patents.

Google Patent Search

Popular Books


Hal Leonard Guitar Method Beginner's Pack

Hal Leonard Guitar Method Beginner's Pack

The Hal Leonard Guitar Method Beginner's Pack is a value-priced package containing everything a beginning electric or acoustic guitarist needs to get started! It includes the second edition of the Level 1 book/CD pack in the world-famous Hal Leonard Guitar Method, as well as the method's correlating DVD.


Farley's Guitar Wheel

Farley's Guitar Wheel

The Guitar Wheel is a visual two-sided music theory tool for guitar and piano, covering every musical key. The Guitar Wheel contains a book's worth of music theory, while still fitting in your guitar case. The curved guitar neck design allows for easy visualization of theory on the guitar. This is an excellent teaching aid for schools, colleges, and universities. Instructions include Spanish and German translations.


Ernie Ball Guitar Tab Writing Paper Book

Ernie Ball Guitar Tab Writing Paper Book

This guitar tablature paper is great for students or professional musicians. It features 48 full-size pages of 6-line guitar tablature, printed on first quality paper. There is plenty of space between tab staffs for chord symbols and the lower lines are heavier to emphasize wound strings.


Ernie Ball Guitar Neck Writing Paper Book

Ernie Ball Guitar Neck Writing Paper Book

This guitar neck paper is a great teaching aid for pros or hobbyists. It features 48 pages of 15-fret horizontal guitar necks printed in red for contrast to written notations. Write out chord progressions, intros, runs, endings, scales, exercises, and licks.


Playing Chord Progressions Book

Playing Chord Progressions Book

Chord progressions are the backbone of any song. If you know how chord progressions work you can play any song in any key on the guitar. Here are the tools you need to master those mystifying chord progressions. With this book, you will learn to unlock the mystery and take control. You will learn to: simplify chord progressions, substitute chords, and transpose songs into any key.


Incredible Chord Finder Book

Incredible Chord Finder Book

A complete guide diagramming over 1,000 guitar chords in their most common voicings. The book is arranged chromatically and each chord is illustrated in three ways for three levels of difficulty: the easiest form of the chords for the beginner and the more difficult versions for the intermediate and advanced players. Note names of each string are indicated on each chord diagram to let the player know what notes are being played in the chord.


Danger!!! Warning!!! Caution!!!

Many of the projects and circuits presented on this site involve hazardous high voltages. Only people trained and experienced with this type of electronics should attempt to build or experiment with these!

Also note that many of these projects are for the advanced experimenter only and should not be attempted by beginners. Do it Solo gives or implies no warranties or guarantees of any kind for this information and is not responsible for any damages resulting from its use. No technical support is provided or available for this information. Usage is at your own risk!

Read this about tools and Safety

One major thing that we should all be familiar with regardless of what you are doing are Tools, always have the tools you need, always know the tools you have.

I talk about tools in all my how to articles and pages, learning and knowing your tools is very important. Why?

First and foremost is safety.

Now, building websites and drawing don't get to dangerous, least wise not any drawing I've done. But electricity is very dangerous to say the least.

  1. Never work on anything when its plugged in or hooked up, or has any kind of juice at all.
  2. When testing something make sure your test meter is set to the right setting for what you want to check.
  3. Never touch any kind of circuitry with your hands when testing use only the test probes.
Cutting with Power Tools.

Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  1. Always wear eye protection, even if you don't think anything is going to fly into your eyes it still can even if your not cutting.
  2. Always secure the piece your cutting. Never hold a piece in your hand and use a power tool to cut it.
  3. Make sure no one is in the path of sparks or any other projectiles that might be created by your cutting.
  4. Hot sparks from cutting steel will start fires real fast. So make sure there are no flammable substances in the area that you are cutting in.

Always stop and think about what is going to happen when you turn on that power tool your using, and what its going to do when it starts to torque on what you are cutting.

What are Safety Tools?

Safety tools are things that you usually use to cover or protect yourself some how. The most important thing about doing things yourself is to protect yourself.

For instance if you are soldering a small circuit board in your bed room then safety goggles and a small fan is all you probably need, you wouldn't need steel toe books for that. But that doesn't mean that it can't be dangerous.

Soldering irons will start fires!

Don't be careless with your soldering irons, soldering guns, and propane torches.

I know how it is when you get on a roll building something and the next thing you know these a small fire in your room.

Always use a table or bench of some kind, working on the floor is great because of the large area, but working on carpeted floors can be dangerous.

Intellectual Property Warning

I myself have intellectual properties that are not related to Musical instruments so I do not to promote or sell anything I think is I. P. infringement on anyone else’s property.

There have been, and are a lot of law suits filed in the resent years concerning musical instruments. One is strait up trademark and copyright infringement by putting names and logos on instruments that are not really manufactured or leased from the original company.

The head stocks of some Fender guitars are protected, that’s why the kits have no head stock shapes. There are some very fine lines that can’t be crossed and sometimes it’s hard to know.

Even though imitation is the best form of flattery, we want to respect the companies that have these properties because, if you like something, you want it around for a long time, but if everyone keeps ripping these companies off they won’t be. Be safe and find out.


USPTO Patent Search

You can search Patents and Trademarks and get any and all information about Patents Trademarks and other Intellectual Properties.

U.S.P.T.O.


Google Patent Search

Google Patent Search is a very good tool for searching Utility and Design Patents.

Google Patent Search