trikibasey2 wrote:I was recently considering reading up and tuning up to become a guitar tech. I've been playing guitar for years and know some of my way around improving a guitar but thought I'd try to find out any advice or books/guides other people have used to help them.
What's essential for all guitar techs to know? What essentials are needed tool and gear wise?
On a different angle, if you want to do that for a living, the main thing is to establish a network of customers who know about you and repeatedly come for your services. Goes without saying that your work must be top notch, so the other comments are very relevant.. but a business is built on customers, not skill alone.
Musicians in general (and guitarists in particular) are a gregarious bunch and often quite traditionalist, so getting to know people and word of mouth are fundamental, as it is building a reputation.
A friend has developed a good business as guitar/bass tech/repairer/builder starting with putting out handwritten paper "ads" in guitar shops and offering relatively low prices for excellent work. He's also a bass player and used to work in guitar trade, which helped networking. It took a few years but now he's making a good living exclusively from that.