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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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Beginners Guitar Tutorials

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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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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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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What is the best way to record electric guitar? With home recording at an all-time high (in both quantity and quality), there seems to be no end to the amount of gear you can use to create and massage your guitar tone. Modeling amps, pedalboards with a gazillion-and-one effects, virtual microphones, and more are all available to press into action. While all this tech has its place, it's good to know how to get more with less. Tune it up Before you get started, put on a fresh set of string..
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When you start playing an instrument, like guitar, bass or any other instrument that allows tuning, the first thing you probably do is tune the instrument. If you don't you are either very lucky it didn't go out of tune or you don't hear the difference, or don't care too much about little differences. You can just play your instrument and be happy with it but when you want to progress in playing your instrument or want to record you might want to tune it a little better. This article should give..
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Power chords are very important chords for a guitar player. Almost every blues and rock guitarist has used this chord in some way. Guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend and Steve Vai used this chord one way or the other. And so should you. Fortunately it's not that difficult. Power chords A power chord has just two different notes, the root and the 5th. It's just that simple. Let's take C 5. The root will be the C and the 5th is the G. So, C 5 will look like this. It's that simpl..
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The thing you will notice when playing with speakers and amplifiers, when you play guitar, is that when trying to turn up things loud there is the chance that there will start to develop some high notes which you didn't even play. That's feedback, the harmonics/notes that start developing. They can be both really annoying in live situations or during recording but this "effect" is also used quit a lot for both live playing and recording. They can give very creepy and screaming and ambience effec..
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