October 2016

Upkeep

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: 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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DIY: How to Install a MIDI Pad in Your Guitar

January 17, 2014
Luthier Ben Crowe walks us through the process off outfitting your axe with a controller that puts vast new sonic realms at your fingertips—literally.
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Mod Garage: ’50s Les Paul Wiring in a Telecaster, Pt. 2

December 27, 2013
Tele freaks: Get modern and ’50s-style tone-pot wiring in the same axe!
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Acoustic Soundboard: When Cracks Happen

December 24, 2013
A guide to dealing with those pesky wood imperfections.
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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: Safe Ways to Clean Your Guitar's Finish

November 29, 2013
When caring for a guitar, your first line of defense is to wipe down its neck, strings, and body after you play. But that’s just the beginning.
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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 Set Up a Floyd Rose-Style Trem

June 29, 2013
When a Floyd Rose-style tremolo is tilted back against the body—as shown here—you can’t use the system to its full potential.
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How to Intonate a Three-Saddle Tele

June 14, 2013
Vintage-style, straight-bar saddles will never intonate properly—we find a way to fix this issue that doesn’t involve replacing the entire bridge.
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Bringing a Supro 1x10 Out of the Closet

April 15, 2013
Because of the amp’s age, should I remove all the caps and put them on a tester before attempting to power it up?
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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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Time for a Neck Adjustment?

January 9, 2013
With a few simple tools, you can adjust your neck and be back in business in just a few minutes.
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