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DIY rescuing vintage amps homepage

To Wreck or to Rock?

July 3, 2020
How to know when a vintage amp is worth rescuing.
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DIY: How to String an Acoustic Guitar

June 8, 2020
Got a steel-string flattop? This quick video demos the easiest, smartest, fastest way to keep ’em fresh!
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DIY Relic’ing: Break the Shine

May 29, 2020
When aging a project guitar, it’s best to take it apart and start small. First, we focus on the metal.
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Do It Yourself - How to String a Floyd Rose

DIY: How to String a Floyd Rose

May 15, 2020
Metal's most famous whammy system takes a few extra steps to get ready for action, but this short demo makes it a cinch.
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Decoding Jerry Donahue’s 5-Way Telecaster Wiring

April 24, 2020
Over the course of his stellar career, the ace string bender and former Hellecaster has had several signature models, each wired to his unique specs. We’ll show you how to squeeze his sonic wizardry into your T-style guitar.
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No-Brainer Mods 2020

April 14, 2020
Three bold projects for DIY-ers tired of the tame.
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Gibson Stringing DIY

DIY: How to String a Gibson-Style Electric Guitar

April 2, 2020
Got a guitar with a Tune-o-matic-style bridge and three strings on each side of the headstock? Here’s a fast, easy video demo of how to get it ready for stable-tuned action.
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How to Install and Maintain Your Guitar's Pots

March 27, 2020
When it comes to cosmic tone, it’s critical to have functional potentiometers. Here’s how to install them correctly and keep them ship-shape afterward.
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May 2020 Esoterica Electrica Firebird X homepage

Jol Dantzig’s Esoterica Electrica: Upgrades are Always a Matter of Perception

March 23, 2020
Get to know and appreciate what your guitar has to offer before the hack job.
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DIY: How to String a Fender-Style Electric Guitar

March 17, 2020
A fast, easy video demo of how to replace strings on any standard electric with all six tuners on the same side of the headstock.
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Bass Bench: From Friction Peg to Machine Head

November 8, 2019
Exploring the evolution of tuning machines, breaking down the importance of weight, placement, and gear ratios.
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Mod Garage: Goo Begone!

November 1, 2019
Behold the magic of the homemade electrolysis bath.
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Mod Garage: Three Ways to Wire a Tone Pot

August 2, 2019
How you connect the tone cap and potentiometer to the volume control has a huge effect on your sound.
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Dial It In: Swapping Tubes

July 23, 2019
Fine-tune your tube amp’s gain structure and headroom by experimenting with preamp and phase-inverter tubes.
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Play It Smart! Must-Know Seasonal Care for Acoustics

June 11, 2019
Keep your guitar sounding great and in peak playing condition with these simple—and essential—tips for combating environmental threats.
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Mod Garage: The Blender 7-Sound Stratocaster

May 31, 2019
A virtually infinite palette of Strat tones at your fingertips? You bet.
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12 Things Guitar Techs Need to Know

May 14, 2019
Whether you want to tech for a touring band, open a repair shop, or simply maintain your own instruments, there are important things to consider before stepping into the world of 6-string repair.
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No-Brainer Mods 2019!

April 11, 2019
Three entry-level axes and the DIY projects that turn them into secret weapons for the stage and studio.
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Feb19_ToneTips

Tone Tips: Keep It Quiet

January 14, 2019
Looking for and alleviating the sounds you don’t want coming from your rig.
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