Among the products in the new line are a 6-way signal splitter, René Martinez Big Core guitar strings, René Martinez GraphitAll nut lubricant, a string winder, fretboard conditioner, guitar polish, and a custom tech tool set.

Burgaw, NC (May 2, 2011) – René Martinez, one of the best-known guitar techs in the business, has released his own line of custom pickups and tech tools in conjunction with Mojo Musical Supply. Martinez is currently the guitar tech for John Mayer, and was tech for Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as Prince and Santana. To design his line of products, Martinez drew on his 30 years of experience working for some of the most demanding and talented guitarists around.



Among the products in the new line are a 6-way signal splitter, René Martinez Big Core guitar strings, René Martinez GraphitAll nut lubricant, a string winder, fretboard conditioner, guitar polish, and a custom tech tool set. The 6-way splitter was a Martinez innovation Vaughan used to send his guitar signal to up to six amps for huge Texas-blues tone.

Martinez’s Custom Wound pickups are a blended alnico magnet single-coil set and a lipstick pickup set tuned by Martinez’s discriminating ear.

For more information:
Mojo Musical Supply

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We’re almost finished with the aging process on our project guitar. Let’s work on the fretboard, nut, and truss rod cover, and prepare the headstock for the last hurrah.

Hello and welcome back to Mod Garage. This month we’ll continue with our relic’ing project, taking a closer look at the front side of the neck and treating the fretboard and the headstock. We’ll work on the front side of the headstock in the next part, but first we must prepare it.

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Diatonic sequences are powerful tools. Here’s how to use them wisely.

Advanced

Beginner

• Understand how to map out the neck in seven positions.
• Learn to combine legato and picking to create long phrases.
• Develop a smooth attack—even at high speeds.

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Knowing how to function in different keys is crucial to improvising in any context. One path to fretboard mastery is learning how to move through positions across the neck. Even something as simple as a three-note-per-string major scale can offer loads of options when it’s time to step up and rip. I’m going to outline seven technical sequences, each one focusing on a position of a diatonic major scale. This should provide a fun workout for the fingers and hopefully inspire a few licks of your own.
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