I'm often asked," how do you get started repairing music gear ?"
The quick answer depends on where you are starting from. If you are a novice to electronic theory, then a good way to get going is this book:

It's the best I've seen of any of them. Very little math, just easy to understand drawings of the fundamentals that you need to know to get going either in repair or project building.

One good way to get started is learn how to use a volt/ohm meter. And the book above is excellent for this. When you get the fundamentals down you can proceed to books like the ones below.


Here is a book by Dave Hunter with a very cool cover. The white strat with a red marshall combo.

Here is an excerpt out of the book that I really like:
"Along the way, Guitar Rigs: Classic Guitar & Amp Combinations comes closer than other books to telling you what many stars actually did play, buy cutting the bull and concentrating on the equipment - and what goes into making the equipment tick - rather than the legend and myth."

Whenever possible it acknowledges the versions of guitars, amps and pedals
that you are more likely to get your hands on.


Another book by Dave Hunter that Myles over at Groove Tubes turned me on to.

I sat down and read the first 2 chapters and I can tell if you're wondering about signal chain and just what are the circuits doing when you stare at a schematic, then this is the book.

If you have tube amp electronics theory down you will never look at the supporting circuitry around a classic tube amp and wonder what it's doing. This book explains it from an engineer point of view in simple terms. Also you can tell the author knows from hands on experience what he's talking about!


And here is my very own book! This was compiled after years of watching amps come in to my shop. Lots of times the problems could have been avoided if a little common sense safety procedures by the musicians had been followed.

Not a long read but very useful...