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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Fighting your axe instead of making great music? Review the fundamentals of a great setup with Nashville luthier Tony Nagy.

We all know the feeling: Inspiration strikes and you grab your guitar to explore some cool riff, phrase, or chord progression before it gets away. But instead of nailing the idea, you wind up wrestling with your instrument and getting sidetracked. Maybe the strings feel unexpectedly stiff, or everything sounds a bit sour and out of tune, or an annoying buzz keeps distracting you. The muse slips away and frustration sets in. Bummer.

No one says playing guitar is easy, but the condition of your axe can create additional hurdles that get between you and the music inside trying to get out. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned pro, having your guitar in optimal playing condition is essential if you want to sound your best. No amount of modding is going to transport you to sonic nirvana if the foundation—the essential physical platform—isn't adjusted and tweaked to operate correctly.

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In this step-by-step video tutorial, Nashville guitar tech and bass builder Tony Nagy demonstrates how to replace an electric guitar pickup and offers valuable tips on disassembling, wiring, and reassembling a Fender Stratocaster.

In this step-by-step video tutorial, Nashville guitar tech and bass builder Tony Nagy demonstrates how to replace an electric guitar pickup and offers valuable tips on disassembling, wiring, and reassembling a Fender Stratocaster.

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