November 2018

Repair

DIY: How to Refinish Your Axe

April 18, 2017
StewMac tech guru Erick Coleman on how to give your instrument a sweet new look in five easy steps—sans fancy tools.
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Ask Amp Man: Troubleshooting an Epiphone Electar

April 14, 2017
Amp Man does a total resurrection of an old lap-steel amp riddled with puzzling dysfunction and mismatched tubes.
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DIY: How to Set up Jazzmasters & Jaguars

April 12, 2017
Offset addict Michael Adams reveals setup secrets for making Fender’s ingenious, sorely misunderstood axes sing.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Imperfect Pitch

April 4, 2017
Being perfectly in tune is virtually impossible, but understanding all the factors involved (and a little cheating) will help you get as close as possible.
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Mod Garage: Two Easy Ways to Improve Tuning Stability on a Flattop

March 31, 2017
Struggling with slipping strings or strange rattles? Here’s how to deal with the potential culprits.
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Ask Amp Man: Reducing the Bass on a Fender DeVille

March 17, 2017
How to use a pedal or mod to put a 2x12’s big bottom on a diet.
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Bass Bench: Can You Hear the Difference Between Various Neck Joints?

March 3, 2017
Sometimes our long-held assumptions about how instrument construction affects tone can be wrong.
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Ask Amp Man: Beware the Clean Ones!

February 24, 2017
Pristine-looking old amps are often full of dirty secrets.
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Speaker Geeks: The Lowdown on Power Handling

February 3, 2017
Here’s what you need to know to avoid blowing a guitar speaker.
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Behind the Bucket Brigade

January 5, 2017
Stompbox guru Mark Hammer reveals everything you need to know about the analog effect chips of yesterday and today.
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Speaker Geeks: Alnico or Ceramic ... What Gives?

December 28, 2016
Weber Speakers guru C.J. Sutton demystifies magnet lore in the second installment of our new column series.
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Bass Bench: Shh! The Secret of Asymmetrical Neck Relief

December 9, 2016
Computer analysis can help us adjust a bass for optimally low action.
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Ask Amp Man: Restoring a Worn Regal’s Royal Tone

December 2, 2016
Some new components and a speaker might make an old Canadian tuber sound über.
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Mod Garage: Updating a 1950s Musima Record

November 25, 2016
When you dig inside an old guitar, you have to be ready for anything.
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Ask Amp Man: Restoring Electrical Flow to Peavey Combos

November 11, 2016
Although certainly not a benchmark of tone, these amps delivered affordable reliability.
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Bass Bench: Straight or Bowed Neck?

November 4, 2016
Here’s how to adjust your truss rod for a low-action setup.
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Acoustic Soundboard: Water’s War on Wood

November 1, 2016
Taylor Guitars master luthier Andy Powers explains weather and humidity's affects on guitars so you can help your instruments live less stressful lives.
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Bass Bench: The Magic Truss Rod

October 28, 2016
How does the relentless pull of bass strings affect the mechanically weakest part of the instrument?
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Tools for the Task: 3x3 Replacement Tuning Machines

October 23, 2016
If you can’t blame a tuning issue on the other usual suspects, it might be time to consider swapping out your machines.
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Guitar Shop 101: Touch-up a String Nut with Super Glue

September 16, 2016
After replacing or upgrading a nut, finish the job with fast-acting cyanoacrylate adhesive.
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