I started learning acoustic guitar repair and setup technique in 1999, just as I finished my first build. In many ways my career has come full circle. I became obsessed with the notion of building a guitar when I was young. This earned me an apprenticeship to learn acoustic repair and restoration. A little later I ended up running my own retail … [Read more...] about How Has Repair Informed My Building?
[This article is about weather patterns and climate in the Flagstaff region of northern Arizona.] Can you over-humidify an acoustic guitar? I observe a lot of patterns with our workflow and the repair demand related to the weather around here, specifically the humidity levels. This area is known for being a high desert, where low humidity is … [Read more...] about Humidity & The New Monsoon
I don't like controversy for the sake of controversy. But I want to speak up because this issue affects my industry and independent builders. Gibson Guitars® has been attacking our friends in the luthier community with dubious legal trademark threats and greedy corporate scare tactics. Their practices are threatening the livelihood of many … [Read more...] about Why I’m Boycotting Gibson Repairs
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?