Exploring Guitar Neck Issues It is easy to get confused between neck relief and neck angle when looking down the edge of some guitar necks. These are very different issues indeed, and unfortunately unqualified guitar "techs" get confused also and they can literally break your instrument by making improper adjustments. A mid-grade Taylor came … [Read more...] about Neck Angle vs. Neck Relief
True or False? Most tuning problems are due to the tuning machines... False! Sometimes cheap or faulty machines are a problem. And a high-quality set will enable better and more accurate tuning. But "tuning problems" most often come from how the guitar was strung up at the machine heads. Keep reading for more info on tuning … [Read more...] about TUNING PROBLEMS?
We all know that guitar cases won't fit in the carry-on box thing that measures your bag at the airport. But the need is over to carefully find a perfectly nice, well meaning airline person at the counter to beg and plead your case (pun intended) so as to not require checking your beloved instrument as luggage. A law that was passed in 2012 … [Read more...] about Keep Calm & Carry It On
If you want your guitar to function at its best, always remember: Stability is the key. A good case and a humidifier will help keep your instrument more stable. When not being played, your guitar should be in its case with the humidifier, unless you keep your instruments in a climate-controlled room. Climate fluctuations are hard on guitars, and … [Read more...] about Proper Guitar Care & Humidity
Announcement: HALF OFF INSTALLATION: read below* We are now dealers for the renowned TV Jones pickup company! TV Jones is known for their specific tone, classic and often retro voiced humbuckers and single coils. They offer a variety of sizes to fit anything from Gretsch to Gibson, and single coils in between. If you need to mod … [Read more...] about Dealers for TV Jones Pickups!
Check out this article about the shop published in the AZ Daily Sun last Sunday, September 21st. Learn more about our history and our founding. --- Thank you Suzanne and Taylor, for a great article. --- … [Read more...] about Custom Sound in the News
First, a quick history lesson. Allow me to introduce you to the infamous Martin F-1, an hollow-body jazz box briefly made by the C.F. Martin company from 1940 - 1942, at the tail end of Martin's foray into archtop guitars. The F-1 and other archtop models by Martin weren't able to compete with the more popular jazz boxes made by Gibson, Epiphone … [Read more...] about Puzzle Solved on a Vintage Martin F-1
This is a continuation from Part I, which can be found here. After the new bridge plate was glued, it was time to reattach the top and install new binding. After prepping the edges of the top and the sides to meet up once again, I decided to do … [Read more...] about Gibson J-45… continued