October 15, 2017

The pickups in this 1967 Teisco Beatle bass are very noisy and microphonic. Microphonics describes a phenomenon where an electrical device, in this case these pickups, turn mechanical vibrations into an undesired signal (noise or feedback). I can even speak into them a...

May 5, 2016


I get a lot of guitars in my shop that have the dreaded neck or headstock break from being dropped or stepped on. Sometimes, they break into two pieces but often, as shown in the Guild F-20 pictured below, it's not broken all the way through. This is an example of a "...

February 17, 2016

Quick tip: Have an arch top? When it comes time to change the strings and you don't want to loose the bridge location and mess up the intonation, use two strips of low tack masking tape on either side of the bridge and mark the location with a pencil. Now when you rest...

December 15, 2015

Ever need to take the strings out of the bridge but don't want to change the strings quite yet and end up with a mangled, knotted mess?


1. Take Velcro Strips

2. Place one on the bottom and top of the strings just above the bridge

3. Remove strings



October 17, 2015

The balloon most commonly used for when I spray a new finish to create a seal and prevent over spray from getting inside the guitar, is also very useful when wet sanding to prevent the wet sanding solution from getting inside the guitar too! Be careful though not to bu...

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