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Esoterica Electrica

Jol Dantzig knows a thing or two about guitars. And in our monthly Esoterica Electrica blog, the famed guitar designer and builder offers up his often humorous take on topics from the state of lutherie to the guitar industry as a whole.

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Esoterica Electrica: The Right Job for Tools

August 18, 2014
Do you have the right tools to make repairs on your axe?
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Jol Dantzig's Esoterica Electrica: How to Buy a Guitar

July 18, 2014
Some keen advice on shopping for an axe.
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Esoterica Electrica: Control Freak

June 17, 2014
Jol Dantzig ponders control placement on electric guitars.
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Esoterica Electrica: An Axe to Grind

May 13, 2014
Jol Dantzig draws a parallel between the closing of U.S. “axe” factories and U.S. axe factories.
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Esoterica Electrica: Pawnshop Plywood Chic Comes of Age

April 13, 2014
The “mystery wood” warriors of yesterday and today.
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Esoterica Electrica: The Incredibly Smart and Simple Strat

March 13, 2014
What is it that makes the Stratocaster so special?
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Esoterica Electrica: Building to a Price

February 18, 2014
How do builders balance costs and features when creating a guitar model?
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Esoterica Electrica: Dime-a-Dance Guitar Romance

January 14, 2014
When you buy a new guitar, do you expect it to last a lifetime or will you replace it in a few years?
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Esoterica Electrica: How Rivalry Spawned a Classic Shred Machine

December 11, 2013
The design theory and drive behind the super-strat classic Hamer Californian circa 1988.
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Esoterica Electrica: Remake or Remodel?

November 25, 2013
Sometimes a guitar’s visual mojo eclipses its sonic capabilities.
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