String Height Measuring – Capo or No?

String Height Measuring – Capo or No?

This morning, I had a customer tell me that I’m wrong to measure string height at the 17th fret (Strat) with a capo on the 1st fret and stated that his Fender manual doesn’t say to use a capo for anything other than setting relief. Lots of debate on the...
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...
Guitar Buying Tips (& Checklist)

Guitar Buying Tips (& Checklist)

(Guitar buying check list at bottom) I’ll never forget the first time I learned (the hard way!) that you can’t always detect a fatal neck twist by sighting down the neck.  It was a Mexican Fender Strat and a big stretch for my thin budget.  But in order to...
What is Intonation?

What is Intonation?

“What is Intonation? and How Critical is it?” The person asking me these questions is an experienced band leader, guitarist, bassist and vocalist. Frankly, I was surprised that they weren’t intimately familiar with intonation, since it is absolutely critcal to all...
How To Sell a Used Guitar

How To Sell a Used Guitar

Tips on selling your used guitar and gear. How to get your stuff sold now while all the other used guitar ads on Craigslist, LetGo, etc. just get another week older. What to check & clean; how to take the photos; how to write the ad; how to negotiate – how to turn your guitar into cash now!

How To Buy a Used Guitar

How To Buy a Used Guitar

My experience is mostly with Squiers, and although that is the make I’ll be discussing, most of what I cover would apply to any electric guitar, especially those in the lower cost area. So you’re checking Craigslist, MarketPlace, Letgo, OfferUp, etc. ...