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A collection all my guitar tips, advice, and how-to's to help beginners learn the ins-and-outs of being a guitar owner, especially guitar care & maintenance

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In this article, I outline some of the common mistakes that new guitar owners make, so that you can avoid making them yourself and potentially damaging your precious first axe.

11 Common Mistakes Made by New Guitar Owners

In this article, I outline some of the common mistakes that new guitar owners make, so that you can avoid making them yourself and potentially damaging your precious first axe.

This article gives a listing of common string height measurements for low, medium, and high action... for electric, steel-string acoustic, and Classical guitars.

Guitar Action - What's a "Good" String Height?

This article gives a listing of common string height measurements for low, medium, and high action... for electric, steel-string acoustic, and Classical guitars.

Buying your first guitar? When it comes to cost-to-value, there are generally 5 major categories you can shop within. Learn the characteristics of each so you can decide which is best for your needs and budget.
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The 5 Categories of Guitars

Buying your first guitar? When it comes to cost-to-value, there are generally 5 major categories you can shop within. Learn the characteristics of each so you can decide which is best for your needs and budget.

It might be easier than you think to get that old guitar in playing shape. And now is the perfect time to rekindle your guitar love and get it into shape for the new year.
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5 Tips to Bring your Old Guitar Back to Life

It might be easier than you think to get that old guitar in playing shape. And now is the perfect time to rekindle your guitar love and get it into shape for the new year.

Padding, packing and protection – how to ensure your prized guitars stay safe in a big move.

Tech Talk: Preparing guitars for a cross-country move

Padding, packing and protection – how to ensure your prized guitars stay safe in a big move.

Guitar cases fall into just a few major categories. Each category has its pros and cons, so this article will help you learn which may be best for your situation, whether you're a stay-at-home guitarist or a touring pro.

Guitar Cases: The Ultimate Guide

Guitar cases fall into just a few major categories. Each category has its pros and cons, so this article will help you learn which may be best for your situation, whether you're a stay-at-home guitarist or a touring pro.

If you're a heavy whammy-user, regularly lubricating the knife edges of your floating trem will help with tuning stability. This article shows you how, and what lubricant to use.

Help Your Floating Tremolo Stay In Tune

If you're a heavy whammy-user, regularly lubricating the knife edges of your floating trem will help with tuning stability. This article shows you how, and what lubricant to use.

There's a lot of misinformation about guitar care and maintenance floating around out there. Let's examine, explain, and dispel some of the big ones.

9 Guitar Care Myths - Explained

There's a lot of misinformation about guitar care and maintenance floating around out there. Let's examine, explain, and dispel some of the big ones.

Written by luthier Max Dickinson of Portland Guitar, this guide will show you how to raise or lower your acoustic guitar's action (string height).

Tutorial: 5 Ways to Adjust Acoustic Guitar Action

Written by luthier Max Dickinson of Portland Guitar, this guide will show you how to raise or lower your acoustic guitar's action (string height).

If you're going to mail-order a guitar, know what you're getting into. Learn which customer reviews to listen to and which to ignore, and know what's "normal" when you receive a guitar that's suffered the abuses of shipping and handling.
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Buying Guitars Online: Setting Realistic Expectations

If you're going to mail-order a guitar, know what you're getting into. Learn which customer reviews to listen to and which to ignore, and know what's "normal" when you receive a guitar that's suffered the abuses of shipping and handling.

Upgrades can elevate inexpensive guitars, but what should you consider before reaching for the parts catalog?

Is it worth modding a cheap guitar?

Upgrades can elevate inexpensive guitars, but what should you consider before reaching for the parts catalog?

Audio samples of 21 different sets of guitar strings--so you can make a direct comparison with your own ears.
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Do Guitar Strings Make a Differenc? Shootout With Sound Samples

Audio samples of 21 different sets of guitar strings--so you can make a direct comparison with your own ears.

Filing sharp fret ends one option, but here I'll show you a more conservative method you can try first--before you reach for a file.
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Got Sharp Fret Ends? Fix Them Without Filing

Filing sharp fret ends one option, but here I'll show you a more conservative method you can try first--before you reach for a file.

With the help of SRV expert and Peach Guitars head honcho John Priest, we’ve compiled the ultimate signal chain to get you sounding like SRV
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How to get the Stevie Ray Vaughan tone on any budget

With the help of SRV expert and Peach Guitars head honcho John Priest, we’ve compiled the ultimate signal chain to get you sounding like SRV

If you keep snapping brand new guitar strings while tuning them up to pitch, here's what's causing it and what you can do to make it stop.
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Always breaking new guitar strings while tuning up?

If you keep snapping brand new guitar strings while tuning them up to pitch, here's what's causing it and what you can do to make it stop.

Master luthier Jim DeCola tells us how to set a Gibson Les Paul up to perfection
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How to set up a Les Paul: 7 essential tips

Master luthier Jim DeCola tells us how to set a Gibson Les Paul up to perfection