Having been employed as a guitar specialist, at Paul Bothner Music in Plumstead, Matt’s reputation as a perfectionist in guitar repair and technical matters, has become well established.
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Setting pickup heights is one of the easiest and simple “mods” you can do to your guitar, allowing you to experiment and change the tone and output power without any expense.
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Strings are often overlooked when diagnosing problems with a guitar, but modern strings are actually quite high tech and precision made. Simply put, they are the tonal source – where the sound starts on your guitar, and – as with hi-fi or PA – the sound source is the most important factor in sound quality.
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Setting the intonation on a guitar makes sure that the notes higher up the fretboard, towards the body are in tune. If you have tuned the guitar correctly, but notes played on the upper frets are out of tune, or if you find that chords played in the first position are in tune, but when the same chords played as barre chords further up the neck, they are “out”, chances are you need to set your intonation.
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Cleaning and polishing a guitar is the first thing every player should learn. It’s the most basic maintenance task which, if done properly, will help retain or even restore an instrument’s looks and value.
Prevention is better than cure
If cleaning is carried out regularly from the time a guitar is new, it is a simple task, taking only
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