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The BEST way to clean and polish frets - The RIGHT WAY to do a Fret Job !

Gang, THIS IS IMPORTANT!  Must-read stuff alert!  It JUST happened AGAIN last week, I was sent a pickup to fix, and when I took a look at it the problem was clear, STEEL WOOL!  You see, when you use steel wool to polish the frets on your guitar, you end up with thousands of tiny steel bits EVERYWHERE; and those bits will be strongly attracted to your guitar's magnetic pickups.  What's next?  Best case scenario is you wind up wasting a lot of time with sticky tape, tooth picks, and tweezers...

Tele Players: The Ultimate Telecaster Pickup Upgrade !

Hi Tele guys n gals, let's get down to it and make our Tele's friggin ROCK!   When I began making guitar pickups, I firmly believed that the best pickups ever made were in fact made from about 1952 to 1965, and my intention was to painstakingly reproduce these mid-century works of art.  Where Stratocasters and Humbuckers are concerned, I was dead-on the bull’s eye.  However, the Telecaster players were giving me something further to consider.  The Strat players were on a magic carpet ride...

How to Adjust the Height on Jazzmaster Pickups For Ultimate TONE

Good day fellow tone seekers!  So this one came in over the forum and I promised I'd get to answering it in blog form ... so here goes!  Possibly no other pickups are as responsive to height adjustments as Jazzmaster pickups, but also possibly no other set so strongly begs you to break the rules, so seriously, folks ... take this as no more than a STARTING point! First remember the hard-n-fast rules: As you move the pickup closer to the strings, the tone gets brighter, more focused, more sterile, and ......

How To Remove the Cover On A Humbucker And Swap the Magnet

359 - Tearing down and replacing magnets in Humbuckers How To Remove the Cover On A Humbucker And Swap the Magnet Howdy guitar friends, so today's blog will be more of a straight-up vlog.  Why?  Because it's a lot easier to SHOW y'all how to open up your humbucker pickups and swap the magnets in them.  This swaparoo is something that gets a lot of mention on the various guitar forums with almost mystical status.  And I will say I agree, it IS a very simple and inexpensive way to re-voice a guitar....

Local Guitar Builder Spotlight - #BuyLocal :-)

Guitar lovers from around the world take note!  I have decided it is long overdue that I begin shining a spotlight on unique quality small guitar builders, and I'm starting with one I just recently discovered in my own back yard, rural Sumner County, Tennessee!  Gary Yerby builds all of his guitars using neck-through designs, even his acoustic models.  His wood combination of choice is hard maple with mahogany inserts and detail.  Yerby has only been building for three years, since his retirement...

America. Still The Land Of Opportunity.

Howdy do fellow guitar lovers, it's a great day to be alive and living in the free world, where ANYONE who wants to take a stab at starting their very own business has green light to do just that!  Okay, this is a GUITAR blog, and so I promise I'll get back to the wonderful world of guitars faster than a pug can suck up a hot-dog that has slipped the confines of it's ketchup slickened bun and fallen to the floor ... and believe me, that's FAST, I've watched it happen.  But first, I gotta mention my...

The Best Way to Improve and Upgrade a PRS SE Guitar

Hello once again fellow guitar tone aficionados! If you own, or are considering, a PRS SE guitar, or ANY Paul Reed Smith for that matter, this may be the most important piece of information you will ever read.  Okay, maybe that may sound a BIT dramatic, but hey, don't take JUST my word for it, the secret I'm about to let out of the bag has been fully documented by guitar tone guru deluxe, Brian Wampler.  Seriously, this is the ONE thing you can do to your PRS that'll make you fall in love with it in a most decisive...

The most important Blackface Mod for Silverface Gender Amps

Hello fellow guitar tone aficionados! If you know me, then you know that I am a total Fender amp geek; my desert island amp is a blackface Super Reverb, and the blackface Bassman, Pro Reverb, Vibrolux Reverb, and Deluxe Reverb probably round-out my top-5 list.  Yep, I'm crazy about vintage Fender amps, and, like most folks, I feel the blackface era amps are among the finest amps ever, period.  The tweed Fender amps (and browns, too) tend to not have as much solid bottom as I need, and the latter silverface amps just...

How Much Should You Get Paid To Play Guitar

Howdy Guitar Gang!  It's New Years Eve as I pen this blog.  I still feel weird NOT having a gig on a New Years Eve, when I was a hard gigging guitar player New Years Eve was always one of the best paying nights of the year.  That got me to thinking.  Let's talk about getting PAID to play guitar, let's examine how the Nashville pros look at getting paid.  This is something every guitar player needs to put some thought into.  Let's chat! Road gigs:  let's face it, the road is hard for ANYONE...

What Every Guitar Player Must Know To Make Good MONEY at Christmas!

353 Christmas guitar What Every Guitar Player Must Know at Christmas! Happy Holly-days guitar gang!  I'm penning this blog to let y'all in on a little not so well kept secret:  come Christmas time, ya need to know some Christmas songs.  I know, some of y'all might think this is downright cheesy, well, so is most EVERYTHING that people out there actually want to hear.  Sorry to burst your bubble, but folks just ain't going to pay to hear your own original 120-minute guitar solo.  But come...

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