AlNiCo V pickups – Super Deal!

AlNiCo V pickups – Super Deal!

At least, that’s what he said! “He” is a friendly “competitor” of mine, though I don’t really consider him a competitor since he merely buys, cleans, sets string height then sells (flips) guitars, while I do a thorough checkout...
New Strings for Floyd

New Strings for Floyd

I’ll get right to the point – the special handling needed for Floyd Rose systems.  Shucks, I won’t even give you my line about Floyd Rose being a solution in search of a problem – honest, I won’t!  🙂 OK, so a customer brought me a nice Fender...
2 Cheap Teles vs Fender

2 Cheap Teles vs Fender

Let’s compare the two cheapest “viable” Telecaster guitars against Fender’s standard. If you have other ideas about the cheapest viable Teles, please let us know in the comments. The Sawtooth Telecaster is selling on Amazon for $120 with gig...
Used Guitars – a Closer Look

Used Guitars – a Closer Look

To avoid wasted trips, Craigslist negotiations generally occur before you get to actually hold and inspect the guitar. Knowing that most issues don’t show up in photos, I always price in an average set of problems. After all work completed Even so, this guitar...
Excellent Condition???

Excellent Condition???

Since even new guitars are rarely setup before being sold and not many buyers will invest in a professional setup for a sub-three-hundred dollar guitar, I don’t expect to get a used guitar in playable condition. But the ad said “excellent”, so...
Another Craigslist Squier

Another Craigslist Squier

Another in my continuing series covering used guitars purchased through Craigslist, etc. – and what obvious and unseen problems they have and how I handled them.. Maybe it’s just me, but I couldn’t imagine a worse choice for a pickguard for this...