August

Upkeep

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? Suddenly the fret edges are sharp or the action has shifted and the
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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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How to Balance Pickups on Strats and Teles

December 10, 2012
Adjusting pickup height sounds simple, but pickups that aren’t adjusted properly can cause problems.
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DIY: How to Set Up a Bass Guitar

December 10, 2012
Whether electric bass is your main instrument or you’re a guitarist who doubles on 4-string, it’s important to keep your axe in tip-top shape. In this handy guide, Nashville guitar tech and luthier Tony Nagy explains how the pros do a bass setup. As you’ll soon discover, it’s not hard to make your bass play and sound great. In this step-by-step tutorial, Nagy walks you through the entire process. With a few tools and some patience, you’ll get the job done right and—best of all—have the satisfaction of knowing you did it yourself.
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DIY: How to Set Up a Fender Stratocaster

October 8, 2012
Arguably the world’s most popular electric guitar, the Fender Stratocaster is a marvel of sonic and mechanical engineering. But setting it up correctly can be a challenge, even for experienced players. Here, ace Nashville repairman John LeVan walks you step-by-step through the setup process and shows you how to make your Strat play like a dream and ring like a bell.
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Giving Your Instrument An Attitude Adjustment

August 10, 2012
When I determined that a couple of my guitars needed more defined personalities, I took them to Glaser Instruments in Nashville for an attitude adjustment.
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