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DIY: How to Set Up and Intonate an Acoustic Guitar

March 13, 2012
PG's Andy Ellis talks with guitar repairman and setup technician John LeVan of LeVan's Guitar Services in Nashville, TN, about how to properly set up and intonate a flattop acoustic guitar. This video is a complemenatry piece that goes along with an already existing print feature (complete with step-by-step instructions and photos) that is in Premier Guitar's April 2012 issue and can be read online, in its entirety, here - http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2012/Apr/DIY_How_to_Intonate_a_Fl....
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DIY: How to Intonate a Flattop Guitar

March 9, 2012
Although it’s tricky to fine-tune the intonation on a flattop with a nonadjustable saddle, it can be done. In this DIY article, Nashville repairman John LeVan walks you step-by-step through the process of making a new, compensated bone saddle and setting up your acoustic to play like a dream.
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Bass Mods - When, Where, and Why?

March 9, 2012
$0$0 As bassists, we’re used to peering into control cavities like this, but our guitarist buddies might faint at the sight.$0 $0Low-enders! Welcome to the Bass Bench, my new column
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More Primary Tele Tone Mods

February 10, 2012
Hardware has a huge influence on the primary tone of any guitar, and it’s here that different materials can really make a difference.
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How to Convert Your Axe to a Baritone

February 10, 2012
Although converting to a bari is a job just about any player can handle, there’s a lot more to it than just swapping the existing neck with a long-scale replacement. Here, ace Nashville repairman John LeVan walks you step-by-step through making yours sound spectacular and play like butter.
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Tweaking a Crate V33

February 10, 2012
Turning a Crate V33 2x12 combo into a more powerful little tone machine.
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Restoring a Prototype Gibson Cello Bass, Pt. 2

February 10, 2012
Though the groundwork was laid by Gibson, I still faced many questions and had to work through a number of mechanical designs.
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Souping Up A Fender Super 60

January 10, 2012
I recently purchased a Fender Super 60 1x12 with red knobs. I love this little monster’s clean sound and power, however, I’m not happy with the high-gain channel
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Building Blocks of Sound

January 10, 2012
Compared to choosing a guitar for its color, commissioning a custom instrument can be a labyrinth of unknowns for the average guitarist.
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Look Before You Leap

January 10, 2012
If you’ve ever thought about creating your own pedals—or are just curious about what challenges a boutique builder faces—read on.
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