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Guitar setup: when is it worth paying for?

Nick Coyle

Guitar setup: when is it worth paying for?

So you’ve finally got your new guitar—whether you bought a finished model or built one yourself, it's likely that the only thing on your mind is playing it until your fingers bleed. So the last thing you probably want to do is take it in to the shop and be without your new ax while it gets set up.  But what if you could set up your guitar yourself? Many guitarists have the impression that setting up a guitar is a scary, mysterious process the be performed only by experienced luthiers and guitar techs. And indeed, some of the adjustments you may make...

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Coil-splitting and coil-tapping

Nick Coyle

Coil-splitting and coil-tapping

If you’re a guitar player, you’re undoubtedly aware of how important—and often, difficult—it is to get the right tone from your guitar. And you’re probably also aware of how important pickups are to your tone. The two basic types of pickup are single-coils and humbuckers, each of which produces a distinct sound. Traditionally, in order to achieve both sounds, you need a guitar—or multiple guitars—equipped with both types of pickups. Of course, this isn’t the end of the world, as plenty of guitars have both humbuckers and single-coil pickups. But a pickup’s position—that is, whether it’s closer to the bridge...

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Single-coil pickups vs. humbuckers

Nick Coyle

Single-coil pickups vs. humbuckers

When it comes to electric guitars, tone is everything. Musicians know that the right type of tone will make all the difference to the music they’re producing. And pickups,perhaps more than any other component in an electric guitar, play a crucial role in determining how a guitar sounds. That's why it’s so important to know the pros and cons of the various types of pickups when building, buying or upgrading your guitar.  Humbuckers and single-coils are the two main types of pickups used in electric guitars. While they share many commonalities, the differences they do have account for huge differences...

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Types of electric guitar bridges: the differences explained

Nick Coyle

Types of electric guitar bridges: the differences explained

The bridge is vital to the sound and function of your guitar. Depending on what type of bridge you have, it can affect everything from your guitar's tone to how well it stays in tune. Because of this, it's important to understand the differences between the major types of electric guitar bridges and the effects they have on how your guitar plays and how it sounds.  In both acoustic and electric guitars, the bridge's primary function is to hold the strings in place just above the surface of the body and provide the tension necessary for the strings to make musical...

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Bolt-on, set-in and neck-through guitars: the differences explained

Nick Coyle

Bolt-on, set-in and neck-through guitars: the differences explained

When selecting an electric or bass guitar, there are many factors to keep in mind—one of which is the type of guitar construction that will best meet your needs. There are essentially three types of guitar construction: bolt-on neck, set-neck, and neck-through guitars. This post will look at the differences between all three types and examine the pros and cons of each, along with the differences in sound and reparability. What are the differences between bolt-on, set-in and neck-through? The main difference between these three guitar types is simple: a bolt-on neck is affixed to the guitar body using screws...

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