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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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Written by luthier Max Dickinson of Portland Guitar, this guide will show you how to raise or lower your acoustic guitar's action (string height).

Tutorial: 5 Ways to Adjust Acoustic Guitar Action

Written by luthier Max Dickinson of Portland Guitar, this guide will show you how to raise or lower your acoustic guitar's action (string height).

If you're going to mail-order a guitar, know what you're getting into. Learn which customer reviews to listen to and which to ignore, and know what's "normal" when you receive a guitar that's suffered the abuses of shipping and handling. Bad Reviews, Amazon Reviews, Online Reviews, Guitar Reviews, Guitar Online, Weather Change, Guitar Strings, Perfect World, Explain Why

Buying Guitars Online: Setting Realistic Expectations

If you're going to mail-order a guitar, know what you're getting into. Learn which customer reviews to listen to and which to ignore, and know what's "normal" when you receive a guitar that's suffered the abuses of shipping and handling.

Upgrades can elevate inexpensive guitars, but what should you consider before reaching for the parts catalog? New Pickup, Heavy And Light, Guitar Pickups, Cheap Guitars, Guitar Tips, Parts Catalog, Epiphone, Keep It Cleaner, Usb Flash Drive

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. Amp Settings, Sound Samples, Acoustic Guitar Strings, Better Music, Les Paul Standard, You Sound, Guitar Tips, Keep It Cleaner, Ears

Do Guitar Strings Make a Differenc? Shootout With Sound Samples

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

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. Guitar Tips, Guitar Lessons, Types Of Guitar, Vintage Guitars, Your Music, Best Songs, Filing, Say Hello, Drums

Got Sharp Fret Ends? Fix Them Without Filing

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.

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 Srv Guitar, Guitar Rig, Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar, Head Honcho, Albert King, You Sound, Guitars, The Help, Two By Two

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

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. Cross Your Fingers, Make It Stop, Types Of Guitar, Guitar Tips, Classical Guitar, Guitar Strings, Screwed Up, Best Songs, Acoustic Guitar

Always breaking new guitar strings while tuning up?

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.

Master luthier Jim DeCola tells us how to set a Gibson Les Paul up to perfection Thing 1, Guitars For Sale, Gibson Guitars, Guitar Tips, Gibson Les Paul, Guitar Chords, Cool Guitar, Music Stuff, Classic

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 Case, Guitar Chords, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Tips, Guitar Lessons, Music School, Guitar Strings, Playing Guitar, Keep It Cleaner

9 (More) Common Mistakes Made by New Guitar Owners

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.

...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

...plus 5 ways to extend the life of your strings, and why boiling them should only be a last resort

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, Musical Instruments, Construction

Guitar Guru: Troubleshooting Unwanted Sounds on Acoustic Guitar

My 1983 Martin HD-28 has a buzzing or rattling high E string. What could be causing it?

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

Awesome Stuff: F-ONE Fretboard Cleaner & Conditioner

My favorite oil for conditioning guitar fretboards. It's all I use now and highly recommend it to all guitar players

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

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

Guitar 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, Acoustic, Electric, Guy, Building, Blog, Handmade, Guitars, Hand Made

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

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.

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, be sure you use the right kind of oil. Your guitar isn't a salad, so save the olive oil for your leafy greens.

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

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

The third and final installment of "5 easy Strat mods" you can do with a standard 5-way Strat switch.