Seymour Duncan and Walrus Audio

May 2015
John LeVan

John LeVan

John LeVan, Nashville guitar tech, has written five guitar repair books, all published by Mel Bay. His bestseller, Guitar Care, Setup & Maintenance, is a detailed guide with a forward by Bob Taylor. LeVan welcomes questions about his PG column or books. Drop an email to guitarservices@ aol.com or visit guitarservices.com for more info on his guitar repair workshops.

ARTICLES

Guitar Shop 101: How to Take Your Les Paul into the Slide Zone

April 24, 2015
Ready to tweak your 6-string for maximum musical versatility?
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Guitar Shop 101: Tips for Replacing a 3-way Toggle

March 20, 2015
Got a finicky selector on your dual-pickup guitar? No worries—it’s an easy fix.
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Guitar Shop 101: Tips for Buying a Used Electric

February 20, 2015
Do a little homework before you go shopping for a used electric guitar.
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Guitar Shop 101: Squeezing More Life Out of Worn Frets

January 23, 2015
If it’s hard to coax rich tones from your acoustic, your guitar may need to have its frets leveled.
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Guitar Shop 101: Dress Up Your Strat with a New Pickguard

December 19, 2014
Here’s a fun way to update your loyal 6-string’s look.
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Guitar Shop 101: Coil-Tap an HSS Strat

November 21, 2014
Sometimes a small wiring change can yield major sonic dividends.
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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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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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