How To Build Your Own Radius Gauges

  In recent years, the ubiquity of online information and specialized luthiery retailers has significantly reduced the barrier to entry for those who want to start building guitars. It is easier than ever to buy luthier-specific tools that people had to make for themselves not that long … [Read more...]

Pickup Height Adjustment

  Pickup height adjustment is a very simple procedure, yet not every guitarist knows about it. On the contrary, those who know how to adjust the pickup height do not even know the purpose for it—aside from the pickups to look good. There's a myth going around that "stock pickups" are … [Read more...]

Choosing The Right Bridge For Your Electric Guitar

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    When you are building or modifying your electric guitar, you need to decide the bridge that you’re wanting to use before doing anything, as the style of the bridge determines forces you to make certain design choices so your guitar doesn’t wind up as expensive firewood. … [Read more...]

Overview of Traditional Tonewoods Used In Electric Guitar Building

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With the need for guitar players to be heard over big bands and in larger halls and not cause feedback, Les Paul invented the solid body electric guitar in 1940. His innovations caused the guitar manufacturing industry to rethink its ideas about tonewoods and guitar building Fender … [Read more...]

Truss rod adjustment‏

Guitar Neck Relief Instructions

  The guitar neck is the most unstable part of a guitar. It is notorious for bending uncontrollably in any direction that it wishes to go. This “non-controllable” characteristic of the neck led to the development of the truss rod. There are few truss rod designs that are used in guitar … [Read more...]

How To Replace Strat Pickups

Fender Strat Pickups

    Maybe you bought a Korean or Squier Strat and you aren’t happy with the way it sounds. Maybe you’ve heard the guitarists you admire talking about the pickups they use and how their sound is largely due to them—whatever your reason, you’ve decided it’s time to change … [Read more...]

What You Need to Know Before Purchasing a Guitar Kit

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The time is right. You’ve been looking at guitar-oriented forums online for months now, and you need a summer project to keep yourself out of real trouble. You’ve always had an interest in guitars, and you’ve set up and maybe even changed out some parts in the guitar you’re using currently, … [Read more...]

Guitar Maintenance and Cleaning Guide

  A guitar that is properly maintained and cleaned is enhanced in its beauty and playability as well as increases its resale value. Never mind about that rock star image! Preventive maintenance is the key to avoid future problems and an expensive trip to a luthier. A frequently played … [Read more...]

Reasons For Building Your Own Guitar

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  I’ve been there—I’ve looked at high-end acoustic and electric guitars and said to  myself, “If I just bought the materials that were used to make one of those and put it together myself, I could save a huge amount of money.” That may or may not be the case. Let’s look at … [Read more...]

Guitar Action Setup Guide

  Many guitar students complain that their guitar is hard to play or some of the strings are dead on some frets. They usually blame it on their guitar because they think that an inexpensive guitar is not likely to perform well. While this is true in most cases, even a “branded” and … [Read more...]