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Swiss Cheese and Vibrating Instruments homepage

Swiss Cheese and Vibrating Instruments

January 22, 2021
Does artificially breaking in a guitar by “exciting” it really work—at least in the manner we hope it will? And what does that have to do with cheese?
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DIY Acoustic Transducer

DIY: How to Install a Soundboard Transducer

January 15, 2021
Watch Gruhn Guitars' in-house guru David Kriesel walk you step-by-step through the process of making your flattop amp- and DI-friendly.
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Fender Duo-Sonic homepage

Ultra-Flexible Wiring for Your Duo-Sonic

January 15, 2021
Four rad add-ons and a whopping six pickup combinations for the Fender offset.
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Truss Rod DIY

DIY: How to Adjust a Truss Rod

December 15, 2020
Is neck bowing making your favorite instrument harder to play with each passing season? This comprehensive video shows how to easily get it just right on all your acoustic, electric, and bass guitars.
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Esoterica Electrica Tuning homepage

Does Factory Fresh Mean Ready to Play?

November 29, 2020
Top techs share their tips, tweaks, and onstage product development for brand-spankin’-new guitars.
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Mod Garage Storage homepage

The COVID Files: Inside the Mod Garage Shop During Lockdown

November 27, 2020
Dirk Wacker shares what the last six months have been like for him and his guitar-tech business in Germany.
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Acoustic Soundboard Taylor Guitars fretboard homepage

The Earth Isn’t Flat, and Neither Is Your Fretboard

November 26, 2020
How—and why—acoustic guitar builders create predictable, controllably stable necks.
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Bass Bench November 20 homepage

Does Fret Material Really Matter for a Bass?

October 30, 2020
Conventional wisdom says that, as a string anchor point, the metal alloy must play a tonal factor. But it's more complicated than that....
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diy relic tuners homepage

DIY Relic’ing Tuners, Part 2

October 23, 2020
The Mod Garage guitar-aging series continues. Try these easy steps to get a vintage look on your plastic tuners.
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acoustic guitar neck homepage

Truss-Rod Care & Guitar-Neck Health

October 1, 2020
The body is all-important, but we can’t discount the importance of the neck, too.
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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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How to string an acoustic diy

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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July 20 Mod Garage Guitar Relic DIY Les Paul Junior homepage

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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Jerry Donahue Tele homepage2

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 DIY - homepage

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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Mod Garage - Pots homepage

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-Fender-Strings

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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