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..
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..
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..
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..
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 ..
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..
If you ever find yourself needing to upgrade your guitar's pickups — or even repair a guitar cable , microphone phone or other electronic components — you will find that the ability to handle a soldering iron is required. While soldering may seem dangerous or scary at first, after having learned the basics, you may find it very rewarding. For example, getting a new set of pickups may no longer require you to pay additional costs to have someone else install them. Below, I give ..
Recently, I had this idea to restring my guitar the opposite way. I'm a fan of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana's music, plus I always wanted to learn guitar the opposite way that I have played it the past eight years. I'm sure there are a lot of left-handed guitarists and people who enjoy Jimi Hendrix (who made left-hand restrung guitars famous), Kurt Cobain, Doyle Bramhall III, and Albert King, to name a few. Also Michael Angelo Batio, who plays both ways, often at the same time!
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My name is Samuel Frazier. I’m 20 years old and have been playing guitar for 12 years. These days, because I am pursuing a degree in Physics, I don’t have much time to play. But over the years, I’ve learned to set up my guitars to attain good action, intonation, and overall playability. Through trial and error, I have learned to set up my guitars the way I like them, using only a few basic tools. My methods are universal, so you can begin setting up your guitars to meet your own standards.
One difference between changing guitar strings on and acoustic versus and electric guitar is that an acoustic uses removable bridge pins to hold the strings in place at the bridge. Bridge pins require a little more fiddling to get them to secure correctly to the string in place at the bridge.
Take it slowly. If you think you haven't executed a step correctly, simply undo what you've done and start over. Nothing you do in stringing a guitar is permanent, even when you crease or coil a string i..