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Headstock Repair
This page shows a headstock repair. Ishow how to do this with the most basic of tools (well, mostly). This break was on a neck which is goin... read more
A Tip For Fixing Binding Chips
Occasionally when about to do a refret on an older Gibson, the binding nubs that cover the fret ends (a Gibson tradition for many decades) h... read more
Fingerboard crack repairs
During the dryer winter months with forced heating in temperate regions like here in USA, Canada, Norway and other parts of Europe, I see th... read more
So what’s in a ‘Fret Dress’ ?
The most common cause of frets lifting is by dehydration of the fingerboard, where the wood shrinks as it dries out, allowing the barbed tan... read more
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Headstock Repair - 25/08/2015
This page shows a headstock repair. Ishow how to do this with the most basic of tools (well, mostly). This break was on a neck which is going to be used for a pickup testing guitar. It's nothing great, and I wont do a wonderful finish on it, but a repair is a repair so... This is a picture of the break. The rest of the headstock is missing. Because I don't have the missing piece, and because there are actually multiple breaks (there are cracks which do not show in this picture) I will mak..
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Occasionally when about to do a refret on an older Gibson, the binding nubs that cover the fret ends (a Gibson tradition for many decades) have chipped or broken right off. This obviously looks unsightly and can make it difficult to shape the new fret ends that would normally be laying on top of the binding, should it be decided to install the frets in this way. Many prefer to refret Gibsons in this more ‘normal’ way, which has the added benefit of adding slightly more width to the actual playin..
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During the dryer winter months with forced heating in temperate regions like here in USA, Canada, Norway and other parts of Europe, I see the predictable increase of cracks in acoustic, bass and electric guitars that have not been maintained at the proper 40-60% humidity range, with late-February, early- March being the peak. Cracks to the spruce or cedar tops of good, solid-topped guitars are the most common, followed by cracks to the backs or sides of guitars made with mahogany or rosewood (th..
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The most common cause of frets lifting is by dehydration of the fingerboard, where the wood shrinks as it dries out, allowing the barbed tangs of the fret to let go of the inner walls of the fingerboard’s now-opening fret slot and raise slightly. Now some may lift, and others won’t, due to the random differing density of the wood and/or how much moisture it’s lost in that spot. This will often be apparent in dry climates, or wintertime in cold, temperate climates when we use forced heat, and the..
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Neck through construction means that the neck is built with laminations of different woods and extends throughout the entire length of the body to become the central part of it. If you're thinking about building a neck through bass you are probably after great definition and sustain so you've already operate a big choice in terms of tone. These are in fact the main characteristics that distinguish this type of construction from the more diffused bolt on neck. The result of matching dif..
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How do I record music on my computer? Any computer purchased in the last few years has the basic hardware for making music. Computers with a hard drive smaller than 2Gb and/or a CPU slower than 100 MHz are going to limit you to a few tracks, at best. The bigger and faster your home computer, the more powerful your recording capabilities. Besides your computer, all you need is a microphone and software, and you're ready to record. Multi-track recording software is relatively easy to use. Yo..
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Frets – there is no other part of the guitar that can create more inspiration – a guitar that is properly fretted will play effortlessly, in tune, without buzzing and produce greater resonance. Unfortunately, there is no other part of the guitar that can create more frustration – a guitar with fret problems will be your worst nightmare – high action, buzzing and poor intonation The purpose of this article is to explain some of the most common fret problems and their solutions. While we can’t ..
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Ever had a strap button fall out? Maybe stripped a pickguard hole and can’t get the screw to stay in the body? Here’s a tip that will help protect your guitar’s finish as well as the wood itself: First, you’ll need several toothpicks and some white glue. Next, find the screw hole in the guitar that needs repairing. Apply a drop of glue to the tip of the toothpick and spread the glue thinly until it covers approximately ¼” of the tip. Next, poke the glue-tipped toothpick into the hole as de..
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Compression is generally the first effect in the chain for good reason. By compressing the signal, you are able to feed a fairly strong and consistent signal to the rest of the processors. Too little level at the beginning, and you'll end up with way too much hiss at the end. Some people even like to put an additional compressor at the end of the chain to reign in any overly strong peaks that may have built up in between.   Distortion, whether it's sweet tube saturation or raw shred, ..
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Look to the strings first. You may need to change them. Are they accumulating a film? (You may need to look on the underside to see all the dirt you have on them.) There are a handful of products designed to extend the life of your strings, but if you want to go the economy route, simply wiping them down with a slightly damp cloth will be better than nothing. Do you see dirt and grime building up on the fret board? (Minor, but if you're cleaning for grime, you might as well clean this surf..
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