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Basic Tool Kit

Every mod, repair, set-up, or build project begins with the use of tools. Some specialized some common. Here we run down the basic Luthier’s tool chest as well as additional tools required to do mods, set-ups, wiring, building and making guitars. Doing your own set-ups and seasonal adjustments requires a basic set of tools.

Most of these you may already have, some you may need to acquire before doing your own set-ups or mods. Remember to always use the correct size tools for the job. Particularly screwdrivers and hex wrenches.

Once you’ve gathered you tools, put them to use: ModGuitar.com Set-up Guide


Screwdrivers, Phillips & Standard


Mini, small, medium and large. Extra long or short shafted sizes optional.

Hex wrench/Allen Keys


These are often supplied with guitars purchased new for truss rod adjustments. Sizes most commonly found for truss rods: 3/16″, 3.5mm

Rulers


24″ and 6″ recommended in both metric and imperial (inch) markings.

Feeler Gauge Set


For measuring the relief of necks, nuts, saddles and more.

String Cutter


Wire cutters work fine for this application.

String Winder


A very helpful tool for changing strings.

Capo

Used to assist when measuring neck relief.

Drill/Driver


Used to drive screws and drill holes.


Other tool guides: Wiring Mod Tools, Fretwork Tools, and Building and Assembly Tools

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Modder's Tool Kit Essentials

Wiring and other mods require a few more tools than the basic tool kit.

Remember: Follow all manufacturers instructions when using any of the tools or materials listed here. ModGuitar.com will have no liability for injury or damage caused by the use of any of our instructions.



Soldering Iron



40 watts or an adjustable temperature model suitable for fine electronics work.


Solder



High quality non-corrosive solder for fine electrical work (preferably lead-free for health).




Hook-Up Wire


Anything from high quality cloth shielded to regular copper plastic coated wire are suitable for guitar wiring. Cost and availability vary.


Electrical Tape



For wrapping soldered connections.


Wire Stripper


Many models available vary in price and quality.


Safety Glasses/Goggles



Essential for avoiding painful and potentially blinding and/burning accidents when soldering.

Other tool guides: Wiring Mod Tools, Fretwork Tools, and Building and Assembly Tools