Jun 28 2014

Martin neck reset

One of the most difficult and complex jobs a guitar tech can be faced with is a neck reset. Acoustic guitars typically need to have their necks reset every several decades or so, as the 200 some-odd pounds of tension pulling on the neck at all times slowly pulls the neck forward, changing the angle …

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Jun 16 2014

Acoustic bridge reglue, fixing cracks, & brace repair

Vacation’s over and now it’s time to get back to work! Before I left, I finished up a job for my friend John Fohl (who plays with the likes of Dr. John, Gatemouth Brown, & Bo Diddley) on his 1960s era Gibson LG-0. If memory serves me correctly, John told me he picked it up at …

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Jun 02 2014

Closed June 2nd through June 13th

Hey everybody – I’m closing the shop from June 2nd through June 13th for some much needed vacation time. I’ve really been wrecking my hands in the shop lately, and I’m looking forward to taking it easy for a bit (and perhaps even playing my bass for a change!). I’ll be accepting new work on …

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May 20 2014

Fixing a broken truss rod

There’s rarely a shortage of interesting jobs to showcase on this blog, so typically I’m posting every week or so. For the past month I’ve mostly been plugging away at a bunch of bread-and-butter type jobs: refrets, fret levels, setups, pickup installs, etc.; certainly stuff I enjoy doing, but as I’ve already covered these type …

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Apr 17 2014

Installing a middle pickup

The Fender Telecaster is just about the simplest electric guitar out there – a plank of wood screwed onto another hunk of wood with a bit of  plastic and metal thrown in and viola! A Telecaster! It’s simplicity is what makes it great, but what if you want to mess with the formula a little …

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Apr 07 2014

Fretless conversion

For many years I was strictly a fretless player. I did my first fretless conversion on my second bass about 15 years ago – a composite necked Peavey B-Quad, which was quite the chore for my younger self! Over the years, I’ve defretted several of my basses, including my now main instrument, a 1974 Ovation …

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Mar 31 2014

Installing a Bigsby

I think that perhaps guitarists are a bit like lemmings – oftentimes the same kind of guitars and the same kind of work all comes in to the shop in waves. This week has brought in wave upon wave of Bigsby work: I’ve installed two Bigsby trems (one Fender Telecaster, one Gretsch White Penguin), ordered …

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Mar 14 2014

Acoustic neck reset

Over the past month I’ve been working on a massive acoustic neck reset project. This one was a real doozy: the top was severely warped, several braces had come loose, the neck was severely underset, the fingerboard was coming loose from the neck… the whole thing was falling apart in my hands. I anticipated that …

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Feb 12 2014

Bass ramp!

Every once in a while, instead of being asked to repair something, I get asked to build something. While I really enjoy repairing guitars, I really love building – I can get completely lost in a project, and hours will fly by without me even noticing. Unfortunately, my shop isn’t set up to do complete …

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Feb 10 2014

How to relic a guitar in two easy steps!

Here’s how to relic a guitar the easy way. Step 1: Buy a guitar. Step 2: Play the hell out of it for 40 years! My friend Tony followed these instructions to the letter. He bought this Les Paul Deluxe back in 1971, after trying every Les Paul in town, and has played it for hours …

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