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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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Guitar Buying Guide

When buying a first guitar the first thing to consider is what you want to play and what you listen to. If you like jazz or softer sounds you might want to by a hollow or a semi-hollow body guitar. If you want to play rock, getting a guitar with two humbuckers is probably an ideal choice. If you have no idea, you can't go wrong with a stratocaster clone, with three single coils. If you're more of a folk fan, or a singer/songwriter type, consider an acoustic guitar. And if you're one of the brave..
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The following provides tips for guitar players to add harmonies to accompany a lead singer. It assumes that you have some knowledge of chords and intervals and that you can already sing the main melody parts (even if you don't have a great singing voice!). You may not know it, but your value to a band will increase dramatically if you can help with the vocals. There are guitar players on every street, but only a fraction can sing and being able to support the band with harmonies makes you tha..
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How you mix your song has as much impact on the way it sounds as each of the individual parts, like the guitar and bass instruments, that you’ve recorded. Even minor adjustments in the relationship among the various instruments in your song can have dramatic impact on how the song affects your listeners. Mixing guitar For the most part, you want to avoid a muddy guitar sound and to make sure that the attack comes through in the mix. Electric Electric guitars can often use a little cu..
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Q: I see some Gibson guitars have ’57 Classic pickups and some have Burstbuckers. And now, in the 2014 models, Gibson has ’59 Classic and ’61 Classic pickups. But they’re all described as PAF pickups. Are there differences? A: There definitely are differences. We discussed with this Jim DiCola, a master luthier at Gibson USA. His response was that the ’57 Classic is made to Seth Lover’s original specifications, to the exact letter. So the ’57 Classic is true to how Seth designed the PAF p..
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Buying a guitar amp isn't just a matter of walking into a guitar store and handing over some money. Like any piece of music equipment, you need to put thought and research into choosing an amp. Know how you want your amp to perform, understand your needs and research the guitar amplifier market as thoroughly as you can. Don't buy an amp until you know you've found one that suits you perfectly. Instructions Make a budget -- and remember you get what you pay for. Some small combo amplifiers ..
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Bass Guitar Advice - 15/12/2013
Don't get blinded by that lovely finish! Bass guitars (like guitars) in many ways are like cars. Their appearance is a major factor in your buying decision. But also like cars, especially for the first-time buyer, there are far more important factors to know about in order to ensure you buy a bass guitar that is both properly playable and that stays in tune, enabling you to make progress with it. The unfortunate reality is that a lot of entry-level (and some not so entry-level!) basses are so p..
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Before you start searching for your first guitar consider the following: 1. Price range. Set an appropriate price range. You can sort your search results by price (Low to High or High to Low) in order to make your search easier. 2. Size/age of the player. Electric guitars are available in numerous shapes, sizes and weights so it's important to find one that will be the best physical fit for you. Consider your age, height and the size of your hands. If youare younger or smaller in size yo..
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Most beginners start with an acoustic when they first tackle the world of guitars. Whether you're just learning to strum or can already pick like a professional, there are countless choices out there. Start your search prepared. 1. Guitar Use Who will be playing the guitar and where narrows the focus of a search immediately. Consider these quick questions to help you find a guitar that has all the features and characteristics you need. What type of music? What sound do you want? Playing in p..
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