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I’m just a guitar tech who likes to make inexpensive guitars play and sound as good as the pricier ones.
I won’t sell a guitar until I’ve checked it out end to end; leveled frets & dressed fret ends; professionally setup the guitar to factory specs; installed & stretched new (quality) strings; tuned and intonated so that the instrument is worthy of the time and effort you will put into it.

Guitar Buying Dangers Episode #101

I love looking at guitar ads. Craigslist, Marketplace, OfferUp, Reverb - all of 'em! But having bought roughly six hundred guitars off these ads in the past three years, I know that dark secrets lurk behind most of them. Please note that I said "..dark secrets lurk...

A Setup Is Not A Setup!

People often talk like a guitar "setup" is almost a commodity. Like a setup at "Bubba's Guitar...

Corona Virus & Guitars

Corona Virus & Guitars

So yeah, gigs have disappeared, but this thing is affecting all guitar owners - not just professionals. For instance - what if you want to buy a guitar or need a guitar repair or setup? There are people trying to make you think you can (almost) go about life as...

Squier P-Bass – How Cheap Can Fender Get???

Squier P-Bass – How Cheap Can Fender Get???

I don't have much time this morning, so I chose a guitar that looked like it wouldn't need very much work. But it seems it's always those innocent looking guitars that bite the hardest! Read on to learn how badly Fender cuts corners on these.. (Now keep in mind, I buy...

Used Guitar Shopping on the Cheap

Used Guitar Shopping on the Cheap

I'd posted a bass guitar on Marketplace for $120. I'd checked it out end to end, checked every fret for level from E to G then polished the frets with rouge and a dremel tool; filed nut slots down to spec (they're always too high), set the relief and verified the...

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 forums about...

Don’t Clean Your Pickups???

Don’t Clean Your Pickups???

I love GuitarWorld.com but dang! I wish they'd stop selling voo-doo and pixie dust! Their latest article about Britney Howard's belief that filthy pickups are the key to her sound is a real disservice to its readers and guitar players everywhere. That crud can corrode...

Stupidest Guitar Article of the Week

Stupidest Guitar Article of the Week

it's title? The best electric guitars under $500: 10 top choice electrics for smaller budgets- guitarworld.com Despite the somewhat redundant wording of the title, the article promised to be an interesting read - and it was, but not for their intended reasons. The...

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