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Articles by George Ellison

About Fret Polishing

September 21, 2007
Surface flatness is something of a science. There are actually gauges made to measure this, and they come in various types and with different levels of accuracy and expense.
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About Fret Crowning

September 18, 2007
When we left off last month, we had a neck where the tops of all of the frets were level, flat (no longer rounded), and had big scratches on them (yikes!).
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Meters and Stuff

September 10, 2007
Last month I alluded to the idea of using a multimeter to test pickups and configurations. If you aren’t aware of these handy little gadgets, here’s a brief introduction.
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Floating Tremolos

August 13, 2007
The original Strat tremolo was designed to float, meaning that the tremolo''s rear edge is raised up off the body. That doesn''t necessarily mean that you need to set your bridge to float - set it how you like it.
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Reversing Coils, Parte Dos

August 8, 2007
Pickups are thrown for a loop.
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Reversing Coils

July 11, 2007
Re-Wired for Sound
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June 12, 2007
In the early ‘50s, Fender’s guitars came with single coil pickups only. While the early Blackguard Teles gave the player the ability to combine the neck and bridge pickups together via a “blend” control, the Strat made no provision for combining coils.
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Polarity and You

May 14, 2007
We’ll discuss pickup design, and the sometimes subtle nuances that can make a difference
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About Setups, Pt. 2

May 1, 2007
There are several adjustments to be made, and they should be made in this order: the truss rod, string height (action), and then intonation. You should always follow this order, with one caveat: floating tremolos. If you have a floating trem, check out this section before making other adjustments
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About Setups, Pt. 1

April 11, 2007
A setup means an overall adjustment and servicing. Different shops give you different things with their setups, but you should expect that it will include adjusting everything that is adjustable, and making sure that the guitar is as mechanically functional as it can be. Since everyone needs their guitar setup from time to time, we''ll take the process from the top.
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