December 2016

Repair

Mod Garage: Varitone Wiring, Reloaded and Extended

November 28, 2014
Cool variations on Gibson’s multi-cap tone control.
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Guitar Shop 101: Tips for Buying a Used Flattop

October 24, 2014
Thinking about buying a used flattop? These tips will help you avoid costly mistakes.
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DIY: How to Float a Strat Trem

October 21, 2014
In this step-by-step tutorial, Nashville guitar tech John LeVan demonstrates how to “float” a two-post Stratocaster tremolo so it can both lower and raise the strings’ pitch.
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Mod Garage: The Dick Dale Wiring

October 9, 2014
The unique wiring scheme behind the definitive surf sound.
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Ask Amp Man: Restoring a Deluxe Reverb’s Magic

September 29, 2014
Can a different rectifier tube improve an amp’s sound and feel?
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Install an Onboard Buffer System in a Strat

September 26, 2014
Buffering your Strat’s pickups with an onboard circuit provides several sonic dividends.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Fix a Misaligned 3-Bolt Neck

August 22, 2014
Got a 3-bolt neck that’s out of alignment? Here’s how to make it right.
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Esoterica Electrica: The Right Job for Tools

August 18, 2014
Do you have the right tools to make repairs on your axe?
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Acoustic Soundboard: The Dos and Don’ts of DIY

June 30, 2014
Knowing how to do simple guitar-setup tasks is a good thing, but some work should be left to the professionals.
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Guitar Shop 101: Demystifying Truss-Rod Tools

June 13, 2014
Okay, you want to adjust your guitar’s truss rod. What’s the right tool?
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Guitar Shop 101: Tips for Replacing a Strat-Style 5-Way Switch

May 23, 2014
Replacing a 5-way switch can seem like a daunting task. Learn to research your options and do it right!
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Guitar Shop 101: How to File Sharp Fret Ends

April 25, 2014
When a fretboard dries out from low humidity, the wood shrinks, exposing sharp fret ends. Here’s how to deal with this vexing problem.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Install Standard and Locking Strap Buttons

February 28, 2014
Everything you need to know to easily secure your acoustic or electric.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Carve an Open-Slot Saddle

December 13, 2013
Learn how to carve a replacement open-slot saddle and deal with the particular challenges of this old-school design.
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Guitar Shop 101: The Great Guitar Cleanup

October 18, 2013
Learn how to clean and condition your guitar and discover why it’s crucial to stay on top of such routine maintenance.
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Guitar Shop 101: How to Shim a Bolt-On Neck

September 27, 2013
Sometimes a guitar’s bolt-on neck needs a shim. Find out why and learn how to shim a neck the right way.
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How to Install a New Tune-o-matic Bridge

July 26, 2013
No matter what style Tune-o-matic your guitar has, it’s important to regularly inspect the bridge for wear. Eventually, you may need to replace it.
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Understanding Frets and Fret Wear

March 11, 2013
The condition of your frets will determine how well your guitar plays.
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Fighting the Humidity Battle

February 4, 2013
Have you ever wondered why your guitar plays great one day, yet feels completely different on another?
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'60s Silvertone "Sharkfin" ET-460 K4L

February 4, 2013
When three pickups simply won’t do, reach for a Silvertone ET-460 K4L There was a time when a man was judged by the number of pickups on his guitar.
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