Filed under Guitar maintenance

A Better Neck Joint – The Bill Kirchen Neck Mod

A Better Neck Joint – The Bill Kirchen Neck Mod

For about as long as there have been electric guitars, there have been two primary methods to attach the instrument’s neck to its body.  Leaving aside “neck through” construction which involves making the guitar one continuous piece from headstock to bridge, those two types are “set neck” as used by Gibson and others and “bolt-on” … Continue reading

Gimme Some Slack : Some Thoughts On Locking Tuners

Gimme Some Slack : Some Thoughts On Locking Tuners

I had a very nice Les Paul Studio in the shop today with a very common mistake present. It has locking tuners. That’s not the mistake (although I’m not a fan of locking tuners on non-tremolo equipped guitars).  No, the mistake was how the strings were installed.  Locking tuners are designed to aid tuning stability … Continue reading

Potentiometer Basics

Potentiometer Basics

I have recently been asked a lot of questions regarding the mighty potentiometer and its function in guitars and amplifiers.  So, here is a brief and hopefully informative clip explaining what goes on inside these devices.  Enjoy!    

The K&K Pure Mini

Let’s talk about acoustic guitars for a moment.   They are wonderful, terrible beasts. They can make you happy and they can also make you want to break things.  The amplification of one of these little devils is frightfully tricky stuff.  I know perfectly fine luthiers and technicians who won’t bother with acoustic guitar electronics … Continue reading

Guitar Ownership Do’s and Don’t

In this blog I am sharing some suggestions for maintaining and caring for your guitar.  These are things that I believe will keep your guitar working well and even prolong its life.  Do: 1) DO wash your hands before you play.     Aside from extending string life, a good wash will get blood flowing to … Continue reading

Stringing a guitar

This is the first in a series that I am planning to do on the basics of guitar maintenance.  I am often asked how I string a guitar so I thought that would be a good place to start.  Enjoy!