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Fender Telecaster Manual: How to Buy, Maintain and Set Up the World's First Production Electric Guitar Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009


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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184425674X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844256747
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 234,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Paul Balmer was born in Liverpool England in 1951.

he performed as part of the 'Merseybeat' scene from 1962 until 1974.

He also studied classic guitar with the great Brendan McCormack and drums with Ron Parry.

In 1974 Paul joined the BBC at Pebble Mill studios initially as a sound engineer and then trained as a radio producer and television director.He presented many music programmes on BBC Radio 3

Founding his company 'Music On Earth'in 1991 he travelled extensivly making programmes such as 'Africa I Remember' for BBC2.

In 2002 his DVD film Stephane Grappelli a life in the Jazz Century was nominated for a British Academy Award.

The book of the film 'Stephane Grappelli With and Without Django' was well recieved by GRAMOPHONE -..useful and interesting..fine writing..good research sorting the facts from the myths! Guitarist Julian Bream declared it "a fascinating part of jazz history vividly retold!"

In 2007 Paul's film 'Julian Bream My Life In Music' became The Gramophone DVD of the year.

he has written ten books including contributions to The Penguin Encyclopedia of Music.

His guitar series has been well recieved;

THE FENDER BASS MANUAL

Fantastic! Very, very impressive. - stewmac.com

TELECASTER MANUAL

" The ultimate tome ... Superb ... a must for every Telecaster owner" - GUITAR BUYER

"GENIUS!" - MI Pro (Musical Instrument Professional)

"AWESOME!" - The Editor 'PLAYMUSIC'

" ... packed with essential information about one of the greatest guitars that has ever twanged upon this earth ... the right level of insight and detail for players to gain a better understanding and confidence" - GUITARIST

"The complete guide to sourcing, setting up and maintaining your Tele" - TOTAL GUITAR

STRATOCASTER MANUAL

"FAN-STRATING-TASTIC!" - GUITAR BUYER MAGAZINE

"Thanks for the Fender book, I can now tune up and start playing" - HANK MARVIN

"Should come as standard with every new Strat" - STEWMAC.COM

LES PAUL MANUAL

"The definitive book on the Les Paul"- PERFORMING MUSICIAN

"Great for budding rockers - a great reference item for when your Les Paul needs a little extra" - VINTAGE GUITAR

TELECASTER MANUAL

"This manual is one of those books where you'll dip in to find something specific and realise sometime later you've read way more than you originally planned - always the sign of a job well done!" - GUITAR & BASS

"... useful tips ... interesting ... useful comparative measurements ... enough in the way of general information, large photographs, to earn it a place in your bathroom for weeks to come." - PERFORMING MUSICIAN

"A Comprehensive Guide" - GUITAR TECHNIQUES

"64 fascinating pages of repair, maintenance and good old fashioned TLC - the narrative brings the subject matter to life ... good practice whatever guitar you play ... fascinating" - UK ROCK MAGAZINE

"... the ultimate owner's manual for these iconic instruments" - CANADIAN MUSICIAN

"It isn't hard to make a good guitar sound great even on a limited budget - this book is one of the best at showing you how" - VINTAGE GUITAR

"Look's fantastic! , they have become our favorite place to go when looking up facts about Les Paul's, Strat's or Tele's." STEWMAC.COM

He is currently writing The Haynes Acoustic Guitar Manual and A Haynes Electric Guitar Primer.

He lives in Oakley Vale England with Judy Caine and their son Karl

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About the Author

Paul Balmer has played and taught guitar for 40 years. His background includes broadcasting (TV and radio), video/DVD production and authorship of several books. Besides Haynes's Fender Stratocaster Manual and Gibson Les Paul Manual, he has written the acclaimed official biography of Stephane Grappelli, the jazz violinist. He lives at Oakley Vale, Northamptonshire.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. R. Carter on 21 Jan. 2010
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OK, ok, I will be the first to admit that I am no Guitar expert.
I recently bought this book, after buying my first Telecaster.
I wanted something that would give me some background on the Telecaster, plus a few technical details.
What I got was a really interesting book full of great pictures, useful owners tips, and lots of case studies into the many different types of Telecaster.
The book also go's into the stories behind lots of famous Telecaster players.
This book is a technical manual, but it's also a very interesting read about a great subject.
In fact, I have since bought the Stratocaster , and Les Paul manuals by the same author, and I don't own either of these.
These are a great read too!
If you love classic Guitars, treat yourself and buy these books!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. WILLIAMS on 27 July 2012
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I am an experienced guitarist of many years but have never owned a Telecaster. I have been trying various models regularly since May and have asked many many questions in the various large Fender outlets within a forty mile radius of my home. I have read the book from cover to cover today and have learned more about Telecasters in one day than I have in the previous two months.
If you intend to buy, maintain or set up your Telecaster, this is a must have book. Full of vital and interesting facts and worth every penny. Congratulations to Paul Balmer who has managed to put together a fantastic book. Perhaps Paul you could update the book so that a person about to buy a Telecaster would have up to date information.eg. info about the Mexican Standard Telecaster. To a non fender purchaser, buying a Telecaster is a nightmare! Congratulations on a brilliant book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Smallwood on 5 Mar. 2010
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An excellent book. Full of technical tips for maintaining and buying a telecaster. The detail is easy to follow and covers a wide range of telecaster models. Even if you are not thinking of picking up a screwdriver the book is an interesting read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bodger Bagshaw on 4 Mar. 2010
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Just like Haynes car manuals and their earlier Les Paul and Strat versions, this is an excellent publication if you have any interest in trying to set-up, improve and maintain your Telecaster. As always, there are large numbers of clear, detailed photos which help enormously when trying to relate the text to specific tasks. Loaded with hints and tips, you can start with the simple stuff and work up to building your own Tele. Sure there is a certain amount of "padding" with details of famous Tele players, the usual history and descriptions of the major varieties of Tele over the years - but these make an entertaining read even if you've seen them all before. I wish I'd had this book when I attempted to put my first Partscaster together! With Amazon's pricing you can't afford NOT to buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henning Værnkjær on 8 Mar. 2010
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Like other Haynes repair Manuals, this is a must, if you are maintaining your Tele. It tells you in an easy way, how to do things, and you a little story behind the instrument.

I have used Haynes Manuals as a guide to repair my cars, so I was happy to see, that they could make books to other hobbies.

If you like your Fender instruments, go buy the books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By coug on 3 April 2012
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I have liked and enjoyed guitars for years. I have always loved Fender Telecasters so when I came across this book I thought 'this is the book for me'. It is well presented, colourful and informative. A little repetitive at times but I can see why it's been done this way. It covers a number of different types of Telecaster, even the very cheap Affinity series. Since reading I have bought a cheap Tele squire and modified it successfully following the advice in the book. I now plan to scratch build a Tele! Stew Mac's is a good site by the way and the products they supply are good quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DavidJP on 17 Jan. 2011
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This is a very well written and thorough book. It is detailed on the history and evolution of the telecaster. It will serve equally well as a coffee table book for any one who loves teles, or even just guitars in general, or as a reference for anyone contemplating any maintenance or upgrading of their instrument.

The book is rich with photographs, and the production quality is very high.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Right Dead Fred on 12 Feb. 2012
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Paul Balmers book is utterly awesome, well worth the money in my opinion. The book gives you a potted history of the Tele, and a who's who of the artists that have played the guitar throughout the years since it's inception in 1950. The book also literally strips the Tele down to it's bare bones and shows it's inner workings, and how to maintain and set up the guitar for your own playing style. Can I just ask though, as I've seen that Paul has replied to some reviews - can we expect a book at any point on Gibson's SG guitar. 10/10
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