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DIY: Easy 4-Step Guitar Setup Guide
DIY: Easy 4-Step Guitar Setup - Adjusting Neck, Setting String Action, Filing Nut Slots & Intonation

Nashville luthier and repair tech Dave Johnson from Scale Model Guitars leads you through a simple process to improve your guitar's playability by showing the steps to execute a neck adjustment, dial in your string action at the bridge, improve your nut slots, and lock down stable intonation.

Grover’s Sta-Tite tuning machine, with a retro butter-bean button and 18:1 gear ratio.

Curious about upgrading your tuners? It’s not as simple as you might think.

Throughout the years, tuning machines for guitars have seen various styles and iterations. From the original open-back tuners, to the introduction of stamped-metal covers, and eventually the transition to sealed, grease-filled tuners, the designs of these machines have continuously evolved. Over the course of decades of playing, three cherished guitars have been my faithful companions: a 1956 Stratocaster, a 1957 P bass, and a 1957 Martin D-18. These instruments still bear their original tuners, which have proven to be reliable and functional to this day. With proper maintenance, these vintage tuners continue to serve their purpose, and there is no reason to replace them with modern alternatives.

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Reader: Jonathan C. Berndt

Hometown: New Kent County, Virginia

Guitar: Old Yeller


A 6-string hound that’s still barking nearly 40 years after it's birth.

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