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Old 01-05-2011, 10:16 PM
414CE Koa 414CE Koa is offline
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Default Essential Tools for a basic care and maintainance kit

Hey all,

I'm going to make a "tool kit" for myself soon for basic care and maintainance for my guitars. My question is what would be some essential tools needed for such a kit? Basically I'm talking baout changing strings, cleaning, the finish, basic tools for basic easy repairs, etc.

Thanks guys,

Acoustic Guitars:
2007 Taylor 414CE Koa
2007 Taylor T5 C-1 12
2009 Taylor 414CE-LTD-R Fall limited
2009 Martin DC-1E
Alvarez Acoustic-Electric

Electric Guitars:
Gibson Les Paul Studio
Gibson X-Plorer 76'
Schecter C-1 Classic
Fender American Standard Telecaster
Jackson SLAT-6 Soloist
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:04 AM
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Hey Mike. I'm sure there are those more qualified than me to answer this, but my basic kit consists of:

truss rod wrench
hex wrench for tuner machine nut
small philip's head screw driver (you can get it in a glasses repair kit)
string winder
lint free clothes (or old, clean t-shirts)
mineral oil or lemon oil (for fretboard)
0000 steel wool to use on fretboard
some type of body cleaner/polish...depends on what the local store has
strong epoxy (I use it if I ever have the covering on my case come loose or get torn so the plywood isn't exposed to weather. Could also use tape)

The other repairs I've done on my guitar didn't involve much more. Some sand paper to shape and fit a new bone saddle, etc. Hope this helps.

Burner MS #0013
Taylor 414rce
Taylor 716ce-ltd
Cordoba 75r
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:45 AM
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I believe you can find an inexpensive kit that is already put together in a zippered pouch at Sweetwater or Musician's Friend.
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Old 01-06-2011, 06:19 AM
bobframe bobframe is offline
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Default Stew Mac

Might consider one of these:

Actually check out the Stew MAc site...Tools section. All kinds of cool stocking stuffers.
Taylor 854CE
70's Gibson ES-175 SB
90's Gibson ES-295
Grestch 6196T Country Club
Gretsch 6120 SSL
D'Angelico NYL-2 (Reissue)
Don Grosh Retro Classic Sunburst
G&L ASAT Classic
G&L S-500
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Old 01-09-2011, 07:39 PM
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I would include an accurate 4" ruler graduated in 32nds and 64ths.

2009 CA Cargo Raw, 2006 Collings OM-1 SS light build, 2004 Taylor 714ce, 2000 Taylor 310K, 1991 Martin HD-28, 1971 Martin 0-18, 1967 Guild F-30

2006 Ovation Legend 6756LX 12 string, 2004 Taylor 354ce 12 string, 1976 Guild G312-NT 12 string (dreadnaught shape)

1966 Martin T-15 tiple, Mele koa ukulele
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