What is an "Active" Pickup System? When talking about acoustic pickups, an "active system" means it's powered by an internal battery. This is technically called a preamp. Preamps are simply small powered circuits designed to make the pickup signal sound better before it leaves the guitar. A preamp adds frequency equalization (EQ) to … [Read more...] about Acoustic Pickup Systems
Five Ways to Improve Your Electric Guitar Tone
I'm betting your guitar can sound better! This article discusses five things you can do to improve the tone of your electric guitar for better clarity & voice. Read below for specific upgrades and mods. 1. NEW STRINGS Electric guitar pickups will come back to life with a new set of strings. Your amp and pedals will respond poorly with … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Improve Your Electric Guitar Tone
Five Ways to Improve Your Acoustic Guitar Tone
Chances are your guitar could sound better. Below are the five best things to improve your acoustic tone and get more volume from your instrument. 1. NEW STRINGS A guitar can come back to life with a new set of strings! We also recommend trying different tensions and types of strings. Experiment to see which brand and material sounds best on … [Read more...] about Five Ways to Improve Your Acoustic Guitar Tone
Neck Angle vs. Neck Relief
Exploring Guitar Neck Issues It's easy to get confused between neck relief and neck angle when looking down the edge of a guitar neck. 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?
Keep Calm & Carry It On
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
Proper Guitar Care & Humidity
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
Dealers for TV Jones Pickups!
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!