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A collection all my guitar tips, advice, and how-to's to help beginners learn the ins-and-outs of being a guitar owner, especially guitar care & maintenance

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Upgrades can elevate inexpensive guitars, but what should you consider before reaching for the parts catalog?

Is it worth modding a cheap guitar?

Upgrades can elevate inexpensive guitars, but what should you consider before reaching for the parts catalog?

Audio samples of 21 different sets of guitar strings--so you can make a direct comparison with your own ears.

Do Guitar Strings Make a Differenc? Shootout With Sound Samples

How much difference do guitar strings make in your sound? Some say very little, and some say a lot. We decided to go into Sweetwater Studios and find out.

Filing sharp fret ends one option, but here I'll show you a more conservative method you can try first--before you reach for a file.

Got Sharp Fret Ends? Fix Them Without Filing

If your guitar has sharp frets or they've just begun protruding, you may be tempted to reach for a metal file. Before you do that, read this article

With the help of SRV expert and Peach Guitars head honcho John Priest, we’ve compiled the ultimate signal chain to get you sounding like SRV

How to get the Stevie Ray Vaughan tone on any budget

With the help of SRV expert and Peach Guitars head honcho John Priest, we’ve compiled the ultimate signal chain to get you sounding like SRV – whether you’re splashing the cash or keeping it tight.

If you keep snapping brand new guitar strings while tuning them up to pitch, here's what's causing it and what you can do to make it stop. What You Can Do, How Are You Feeling, High E, Round Off, Cross Your Fingers, Dust Off, Make It Stop, Dental Floss, Guitar Strings

Always breaking new guitar strings while tuning up?

If you're breaking new guitar strings while tuning up, this article can help you diagnose why it's happening and what you can do to stop it.

Master luthier Jim DeCola tells us how to set a Gibson Les Paul up to perfection Guitar Amp, Cool Guitar, Thing 1, Guitars For Sale, Gibson Guitars, Gibson Les Paul, Music Stuff, Musical Instruments, Acoustic

How to set up a Les Paul: 7 essential tips

Master luthier Jim DeCola tells us how to set a Gibson Les Paul up to perfection

I made a lot of mistakes back when I was a new guitar owner. Here are 9 common ones I'd like to help you avoid. Guitar Chords, Guitar Lessons, Playing Guitar, Mistakes, Advice, Learning, Building, Music, Christmas

9 (More) Common Mistakes Made by New Guitar Owners

New guitar owners make a lot of mistakes in the beginning. Some are innocent, while others can cause serious damage to the guitar and the player

...plus 5 ways to extend the life of your strings, and why boiling them should only be a last resort Acoustic Guitar Strings, Singles Online, Guitar Tips, Oils For Skin, Signs, 5 Ways, Articles, Building, Life

4 signs your guitar strings need replacing

We identify key triggers for needing to change your guitar strings, and suggests ways to extend the life of your strings.

My 1983 Martin HD-28 has a buzzing or rattling high E string. What could be causing it? Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Guitar Tips, Keep It Cleaner, Music Instruments, Building, Guitar, Buildings, Architectural Engineering, Musical Instruments

Guitar Guru: Troubleshooting Unwanted Sounds on Acoustic Guitar

By Dana Bourgeois |This article originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine and was reprinted in the September/October 2020 issue. Q: My 1983 Martin HD-28 has a buzzing …

My favorite oil for conditioning guitar fretboards. It's all I use now and highly recommend it to all guitar players Gear Shop, Guitar Players, Guitar Tips, Cool Guitar, Keep It Cleaner, Conditioning, Guy, Building, Awesome

Awesome Stuff: F-ONE Fretboard Cleaner & Conditioner

My listing of the BEST guitar products I've ever found. Many are things that I currently use, or have used in the past (or tested)

Guitar strings breaking at the tuner end? Here’s how to fix it. Better Books, Stratocaster Guitar, Diy Workshop, Guitar Tips, Law And Order, Guitar Strings, Mess Up, Swat, Make It Through

Tech Talk: How to eliminate rough or sharp edges on tuner posts

Strings breaking at the tuner end? Here’s how to fix it.

Learn what a "guitar setup" is and how vital it is to getting your guitar to play, sound, and feel its best. Includes resources to help you learn how to do acoustic, electric, and locking tremolo setups. Guitar Tips, Keep It Cleaner, Acoustic, Electric, Guy, Building, Blog, Handmade, Guitars

Guitar Setups: What They Are & Why You Might Need One

A guitar "setup" is a multi-point inspection, adjustment, and cleaning. It's the key to having a guitar that feels good, looks good, and sounds its best

If you're going to oil your guitar's fretboard, be sure you use the right kind of oil. Your guitar isn't a salad, so save the olive oil for your leafy greens. Guitar Tips, Info, Keep It Cleaner, Olive Oil, Guitars, Salad, Cool Stuff, Building, Music

Oiling a Guitar's Fretboard - It's not a salad

If you're going to oil your guitar's fretboard, use the right kind of oil for the job. It's a guitar, not a salad!

The third and final installment of "5 easy Strat mods" you can do with a standard 5-way Strat switch. Guitar Rig, Bass Guitars, Electric Guitars, My Pickup, Seymour Duncan, Guitar Pickups, Fender Telecaster, Guitar Building, Keep It Cleaner

5 Easy Strat Wiring Mods You Can Do On a 5 Way Strat Switch- Part 3

Learn how to wire a 5 way switch. See step by step how to utilize some very simple modifications to diversify your tonal options.

Have you ever stopped to marvel at how your favorite electric guitars work? By all rights, the pickups and tailpieces we love are in need of some serious 21st-century overhauling. Leo Fender, Class D Amplifier, Guitar Body, Guitar Tips, Blues Music, Electric Guitars, Jimi Hendrix, Keep It Cleaner, Acoustic Guitar

How Do Electric Guitars Work?

The electric guitar has been as influential to modern music as the pianoforte & violoncello before it. Here's how it works & why we can't get enough of it.

Too much or too little humidity can be bad news for a guitar. Learn the warning signs of a "wet" or "dry" guitar, and what you can do to protect your precious axe. Guitar Tips, Warning Signs, What You Can Do, Bad News, Music Stuff, Keep It Cleaner, Axe, Guitars, Tools

How Humidity Affects Guitars - The Warning Signs

Understand how humidity affects guitars and what signs to look for to determine whether you need to be concerned or not