The second day was packed full of new tone toys from Wampler, Godin, Nutter, Line 6, Taylor, Martin, and more!

Rare offset guitars fans (and fans of crazy-good deals) rejoice! Fender / Squier’s big NAMM surprise today was the release of three new versions of the Starcaster. The Classic Vibe (center, ignore wall placards) features new Tim Shaw-designed pickups in the original ‘70s size for $399 street, the Contemporary features active pickups and no f-holes for the same price, and the Affinity version (left) loses a couple knobs and gets standard humbuckers for $299 street.
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Luthier Dave Helmer shows you how to cure buzzy strings, bad intonation, gnarly frets, high action, and other common troubles with off-the-shelf axes.

Guitars are the best. We love them. It’s fun to fall in love with a guitar at a store, buy it, and proudly bring it home. But we’ve all been there … where after a month that new guitar is just not playing as good as it was before. As guitar players, we know what feels good and what feels bad when it comes to playability. Maybe you have setup preferences that you like on all your guitars, or maybe you want to experiment with changes to your setup?

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