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May 2014

Articles by John LeVan

Guitar Shop 101: The Guitarist’s Essential Toolkit

March 28, 2014
Here’s a description of the tools you need to handle routine maintenance tasks.
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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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Guitar Shop 101: How to Install a Soundhole Pickup

January 27, 2014
Magnetic soundhole pickups have come a long way since they were introduced many decades ago. If you’re considering getting one, here’s how to install it the right way.
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Massive Makeover! See a Vibey ’74 Epiphone Get Totally Transformed

December 23, 2013
Can a retired mid-’70s import Epiphone be reborn as a ready-to-rumble rocker?
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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: The Great Guitar Cleanup

October 18, 2013
Learn how to clean and condition your guitar and discover why it’s crucial to stay on top of such routine maintenance.
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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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Guitar Shop 101: A Player’s Guide to Tuning Keys

August 30, 2013
Upgrading your tuning keys can help you get in tune more easily and stay there. Learn how to choose the correct keys for your guitar.
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How to Install a New Tune-o-matic Bridge

July 26, 2013
No matter what style Tune-o-matic your guitar has, it’s important to regularly inspect the bridge for wear. Eventually, you may need to replace it.
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