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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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Single Coil Pickup

How High Should my Pickups be?

How high should you adjust your pickups after your kit guitar assembly is complete? It makes sense to want to know after all it has the potential to have an impact on the output of your new guitar and since you have built this guitar yourself you don’t have the benefit of having this taken care […]

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Sanding Block

Sanding a Guitar Body Prior to Painting

In the following article, we’re going to cover some of the basics of guitar sanding. While it may seem fairly obvious, in essence, correct preparation will make or break the quality of your guitar kit’s finish so it makes sense to take the time to do the job properly. Just like in a recording studio it’s […]

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Guitar Finishing Safety

Staying Safe when Finishing a Guitar There are a few things to be aware of right from the start when it comes to finishing a guitar, some are obvious and some not so. If in doubt always remember to read the manufacturers instructions for application and if unsure look into the product you are using […]

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GIGmate PRO Guitar Kits

Guitar Tools Review: GIGmate PRO Guitar Kit

For guitar players, whether professional or just starting out, having the right guitar tools really helps to maintain your instrument and get the best out of it at all times, in terms of tone and playability. The GIGmate PRO Guitar Tool Kit claims to be the industry standard in guitar tool kits and after putting […]

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Timbermate Wood Grain Filler

Wood Grain Filler for Guitar Bodies

All hardwoods are fairly open grained, some more than others. To achieve a smooth glossy finish we require an even surface to work with and when using an open grain timber such as Mahogany this can be difficult. To achieve this the open pores of the timber should be filled using wood grain filler. It’s not […]

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Acoustic Guitar Tonewoods

Guitar Tonewoods

A tonewood is a type of timber Luthiers (makers of stringed instruments) refer to for its tonal characteristics e.g. it’s, ability to make a nice sounding guitar. They are almost always a hardwood. We have listed the 5 most common timbers below. Mahogany – A warm sounding timber commonly used by Gibson. Many guitarists consider […]

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