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How Do Electric Guitars Work

If you are into building guitars (chances are since you are on a custom guitar building site you most likely are) then you probably have spent quite a bit of time tinkering with your guitar’s look and feel. But what about the sound it produces? How does the simple act of picking a guitar string produce […]

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How to Wire a Stratocaster Guitar Kit

In the following article we’re going to be running through the basics of wiring up a Stratocaster Guitar Kit. These articles are aimed at keeping things simple so if this is your first guitar kit the following information should be useful without getting overly technical. Preparation Before we get going just keep a couple of […]

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Electric Guitar Wiring for Kit Guitars

Depending on your choice of guitar kit you may be required to perform a small amount (or a large amount) of work wiring the guitar. This typically involves a soldering iron and a basic understanding of guitar electronics. You will also need to be able to follow schematic diagrams of pickup configurations. It’s not a one […]

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Adjusting Intonation With Screwdriver

How to Adjust your Guitar Intonation

Kit guitars are notorious for requiring some adjustment before being ready to play. There are a number of things you will need to do prior to playing your new guitar including adjustments to the neck using the truss rod to reduce warping or bowing, adjusting the nut to set the action and setting the guitar’s […]

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Straight Edge on Guitar Neck

A Step by Step Guide to Truss Rod Adjustment

Straightening Your Guitar Kit’s Neck for Ultimate Playability One of the most obvious reasons a guitar may not play well comes down to a bent or warped guitar neck. Guitar Kit’s will often require some truss rod adjustment after assembling. Adjusting your neck is often essential to provide a good playing experience. But how is […]

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How to Install Pre-Wired Pickups

For many of us once our guitar is assembled, set up properly and provided with a quality finish our attention turns to tone and how get the best sounding guitar we can. Tone comes down to a lot of factors e.g. build of the guitar, choice of amplification, playing ability and choice of pickups. The […]

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Neck Assembly for Kit Guitars

Neck assembly for kit guitars is fairly straightforward for the most part, but there are a few things you will want to avoid doing. This article covers basic information about guitar necks including neck profile and common timbers along with some tips for assembling your guitar neck. Set Neck V Bolt On Neck Most guitar […]

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Buzz-Off Fret Leveling Kit

Fret Buzz, Why it Happens and How to Fix it

Fret Buzz is a fairly common problem with both electric and acoustic guitars.  In a nutshell, fret buzz occurs when your guitar string vibrates against the frets of your guitar neck, it’s a fairly common but frustrating problem. In some cases it can be solved by changing your old strings that have built up too […]

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Sunburst Strat

How to Apply a Sunburst Guitar Finish

Before going into too much detail in this article, keep in mind that this is just one method of applying a sunburst guitar finish. This method is relatively easy to do for someone new to guitar finishing which is why I recommend this approach. If you are more experienced there are a number of great […]

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