Profile of my custom neck jig

[NOTE: We no longer use the neck jig, and have moved on to using a PLEK machine for all of our fretwork. Read about it here: strangeguitarworks.com/plek] Any guitar repair shop worth their salt needs to have a neck jig to do accurate fretwork. Fretwork is the most common job any repair shop does – …

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Replacing an output jack.

output jack

For guitar techs, it’s the small things that (should) matter. The devil is in the details, even on simple jobs like replacing an output jack. First of all, I only use the highest quality components available. Your output jack is constantly abused – plugging it in and out, stepping on the cord during your epic …

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A case for great fretwork.

fret dust

Today I worked on a Gibson Les Paul that had already seen some heavy duty fretwork, insomuch as it had been completely refretted at another shop. Unfortunately, it was still buzzing and not playing very well. What gives? Upon closer inspection, it appears that the fretwork wasn’t done properly, and was causing problems. There were …

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Anatomy of a refret

fret crowning

[NOTE: We no longer use the neck jig, and have moved on to using a PLEK machine for all of our fretwork. Read about it here: strangeguitarworks.com/plek] Today I took on a refret project on an old Danelectro bass that was in need of some major help. Early Danos don’t have truss rods, and over …

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Guitar neck heat press

guitar neck heat press

Today I’m working on an old Ibanez USATK bass, which has got a pretty good kink near the heel. This is a fairly common issue, and it causes many of the notes in the upper register to fret out. Truss rods don’t really affect the area of the neck beyond the 13th fret very much, …

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7 String Guitar Nut

7-string guitar nut

One of the most overlooked component of the guitar is the nut. The way a guitar nut is cut dictates the overall playability of the instrument as a whole – string spacing, string height, and intonation. If it’s not perfect, there is nothing you can do to your guitar setup to make it feel right. …

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Don’t fear the refret: Taylor Fret Buck

Taylor Fret Buck

In an effort to outfit my guitar repair shop with the best tooling possible, I picked up a Taylor Fret Buck. This will make doing a refret on acoustic instruments worry free. Check it out: This tool has been out of production for a long time, and were quite expensive even when they were being …

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Fretwork on a Gene Simmons Punisher bass.

[NOTE: We no longer use the neck jig, and have moved on to using a PLEK machine for all of our fretwork. Read about it here: strangeguitarworks.com/plek] Today I did some fretwork on a Gene Simmons Punisher bass. I am told that there were only 1500 of these made, individually signed and numbered by Gene …

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Behold, the Angry Inch!

Nerd alert! Over the past several years, I’ve become increasingly interested in microtonal music. I’ve done tons of research, lots of listening, and have modified several guitars and basses of my own to play non-standard scales. This one is my favorite: This guitar started out as a Playboy special edition guitar, made for Steve Clayton …

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The jig is up!

[NOTE: We no longer use the neck jig, and have moved on to using a PLEK machine for all of our fretwork. Read about it here: strangeguitarworks.com/plek] The secret to great fretwork is great tooling, and the skill to use it. Today I finished building my custom neck jig. Check it out: So what exactly …

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