DIY Guitar Setup Tools

DIY Guitar Setup Tools

I sometimes get questions from people who’d rather do their own guitar work than pay me $45 to do a setup and fret work on their instrument. I won’t get into the “how-to” because you can find all that on YouTube and in Stewmac’s manuals,...
Guitar Wood & Tone – Important???

Guitar Wood & Tone – Important???

As a hard-working small town guitar repair guy, I’m a little reluctant to disagree with the likes of Paul Reed Smith and others who tell you how important it is to have your guitar built from awesome (and expensive) “tonewood”. But I’ve been in...
Check Under the Hood!

Check Under the Hood!

I’d been looking for a Nashville Deluxe Telecaster and finally found one on Craigslist with a price that was close to my target.  I made an offer and the seller accepted immediately. When I arrived and picked up the Tele, it was immaculate!  Shiny finish with...
The Squier Scammers

The Squier Scammers

We just returned from visiting family for Thanksgiving.  As we drove from Florida to Missouri, then down to Oklahoma and the southern route back home, we kept a close eye on local ads – Craigslist, Marketplace, Letgo, OfferUp, etc. Squier scammers were...
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...

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