Care and Maintenance

Strings and Stringing


Restringing your Steel String Guitar

All About Strap Buttons

Restringing Slotted Headstocks

What's Wrong With Cases?

Removing Tight Bridge Pins

A Survey of Acoustic Guitar Pickup Types

A Beginner's Look at Strings

Mike installs a Fishman Matrix pickup

Guitar Anatomy

Playing it

What are Scalloped Braces?

Watch Those Hands, Buster!

That Ugly Skin on New Pickguards

Taking Care

A Gallery of Guitar Top Bracing

Glue in a Label for Security

Some Basics About Guitar Tone Woods

Packing for Travel or Shipment

Flat Top Guitar Sizes

Heat Stress - It Kills

Finishes and Cleaning

General Information

An Introduction to Instrument Finishes

Illustrated Glossary 

Advice on Cleaning Your Instrument

Frequently Asked Questions

Vinyl is Your ENEMY


Troubleshooting and Repair

Playability and Setup

Structural Problems

Checking Action at the Nut

Identifying Cracks

Tune Up Your Gears

It's the Insidious "Key Crack"

Looking at Saddles

Loose Screws? Fix 'em Yourself

Lowering Action at the Saddle

Loose Parts Can Rattle and Buzz

Making a New Saddle


Looking at Frets


A Closer Look at Nuts

The Luthier at Work

Buzz Diagnosis

Making a New Nut

Truss Rod Adjustment


Reducing String Breakage at the Saddle

Neck Resetting

Checking Neck Angle

Quick Fix for a Loose End Pin

Quick Tricks for Better Setup


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