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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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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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Gluing Braces Inside a 1967 B-45-12N

July 9, 2012
1. Using tape to determine the size of the gap that needs to be glued. 2. Threading the stem of the trimmed pipette into the brace repair tool. 3.
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Must Know Amp First-Aid

July 9, 2012
6 Common Tube-Amp Ailments Every Guitarist Can Cure
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Replacing Saddles on a 1971 Gibson SB 300 Bass

June 8, 2012
The problem lay in the Multiplex adjustable bridge. The unit itself is made of metal, but the original saddles are made of nylon 6-6, a material used in bearings and gears due to its abrasion resistance and self-lubricating properties.
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Recapping A Vintage Gibson GA-79RTV Stereo Combo

May 11, 2012
The Gibson GA-79RVT is pretty cool—a true stereo amp with two discrete output stages, each feeding a 10" speaker.
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Restoring a 1963 Gibson EB-OF Fuzztone Bass

April 6, 2012
Gibson made the EB-OF with a doublecutaway slab mahogany body with rounded horns and a transparent cherry-red finish.
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5 Essential Jazzmaster Maintenance Tips

March 28, 2012
How to keep your Jazzmaster rock solid on the road.
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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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Getting A Grip on Turbulent Tuning

March 9, 2012
Tuner design, mass, and material have an effect on tone. Replacing the stock tuners on this guitar with a set of low-mass locking tuners with brass cams yielded more
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Martin Style Types

February 10, 2012
Style numbers indicate the construction materials and appointments of the guitar, and this system allows for several combinations between body shapes and styles.
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