August

Repair

Resuscitating a Sound City Concord Combo

April 6, 2012
Once I pulled the chassis on this cool vintage combo, I was stunned to see a couple of melted ceramic resistors.
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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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Gear Paramedic

January 10, 2012
In order to make sure your equipment is in top shape and can be fixed quickly if something takes a dive, I’m going to share a few tricks I’ve come up with on the fly—often in the middle of a show.
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Restoring A Prototype Gibson Cello Bass

January 10, 2012
The groundwork was laid by Gibson, but there are still many mechanical designs to work through and questions to answer about how the original builder intended to make it all come together.
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Restoring the Neck on a 1965 Shoreline Gold Fender Strat

December 20, 2011
You may recall that a previous owner had decided to install a Floyd Rose locking nut and tremolo. My job will be to replace missing wood, patch various holes, and re-install the original Fender trem, which fortunately stayed with the guitar.
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Resurrecting A 1965 Shoreline Gold Fender Strat

November 15, 2011
As I checked out this cool Strat, it became immediately clear why it was brought to us. Ouch! Someone had decided to rock out and install a Floyd Rose locking nut and tremolo.
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Refretting a '72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

October 18, 2011
If you’ve been reading this column recently, you’ll recall we’re in the middle of restoring a ’72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe.
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Silence is Golden

October 18, 2011
The electric guitar can be a noisy beast. I’m talking about the unwanted variety of noise that can accompany an electric guitar—buzz, hum, hiss, radio stations, and more—all picked up by the guitar’s pickups, its wiring, or something else in its signal chain.
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Tweaking a Silvertone 1484

October 18, 2011
The reverb and tremolo work fairly well, but could be stronger. Do you have any suggestions for making this amp all it can be?
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Restoring a ’72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

September 20, 2011
This time around, we’ll begin restoring the guitar based on last month''s diagnoses.
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Goosing a Supro Thunderbolt S6420

September 20, 2011
A Supro S6420 with volume issues.
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Evaluating a '72 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe

August 16, 2011
Every guitar that comes into our shop is first thoroughly examined using an assortment of tools and techniques.
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Souping up a Sound X-305-R

August 16, 2011
I recently had an unusual combo come across my bench, and I felt it would make a great topic for a column.
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Bridge Work On A ’74 Gibson Flattop

July 19, 2011
I was concerned that the wafer-thin bridge would develop cracks between each bridge-pin hole—and also possibly bust out at the front.
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Replacing the Bridge on a '74 Gibson Flattop

June 14, 2011
As I was examining the guitar, my eyes were drawn to six black bridge pins protruding from its wafer-thin rosewood bridge and strings that were sloping over a rickety, bottomed-out plastic saddle.
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Steaming out Dents in a ’71 Medallion Flying V

May 17, 2011
When it comes to Gibson’s Flying V guitars, most V fanatics rank the Medallion model as one of the most desirable. In 1971, Gibson made a limited edition of
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MacGyver Moments that Save Your Ass

May 17, 2011
Waiting for the house lights to go down, I noticed that the neck humbucker on my guitar had dropped into the body. Vibration had loosened the adjustment screw on one
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Be Your Own Builder

May 4, 2011
A guitarist takes gear repair and building into his own hands.
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1920s Slingerland Maybell Banjo Uke

April 19, 2011
A Maybell banjo uke in need of some work on the tension hoop.
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Restoring an Original: Potentiometer Restoration, Pt. 2

March 15, 2011
Last month, we started an unusual project—restoring a vintage IRC pot that had originally been installed on a stunning 1954 Gibson Les Paul. This pot had been replaced with a
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