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Floyd Rose spring setup

This is a pretty basic question, but I'm struggling to find a concrete answer. I have this tremolo springs setup: However, I have seen many different setups like this one: What is the advantage ...
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Do I need to keep an electric guitar in a hard shell case if I'm not traveling?

I recently bought an electric guitar and hard shell case. When I'm home is it OK to keep the guitar outside of the case? We have a thermostat that controls the humidity and temperature in the house. I ...
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Fix loose bridge saddle screw

One of the bridge height adjustment screws keeps coming loose on my Precision Bass (leftmost screw in the picture). The screw doesn’t feel loose when the height is properly adjusted, but the E saddle ...
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How can I set up an acoustic guitar?

Can someone explain, what does it mean to set up a guitar? I want a simple clean answer ... How to set up a guitar?
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Piano key sustains without the pedal pressed

A single key on my upright piano keeps playing even after I release it. I've tried tuning the sustain pedal with the screw all the way up to the point where other keys get affected and the pedal won't ...
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Cheap electric guitar - fix or replace? [duplicate]

TL:DR version: cheap guitar needs work. Fix it or replace it? Hi - After many years of wishing I could just magically be able to do it, I've finally decided it's time to learn to play guitar. ...
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How should I tune a 12 string acoustic guitar?

I've bought an Ibanez 12 string acoustic brand new online. Do I tune the 12 string guitar like all the 6 string guitars I have.
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Effect of Rubbing Alcohol Upon Reeds

Apparently it is common to briefly soak reeds in rubbing alcohol to disinfect them. This could be due to sickness, reed-sharing, etc. Any thoughts on how damaging this would be to the cane?
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How to remove all traces of rosin from a bow ?

I saw once the case of a beginner violinist that turned out to be allergic to a specific type of rosin that came with his student violin outfit. Another hypoallergenic rosin was purchased and they ...
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how does one use or apply lemon oil to a classical guitar?

I have bought a classic guitar for my nephew who is starting classes. The vendor gave me as a gift a little vial of "lemon oil" (translated from the french) saying just quickly something like "it ...
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How to take care of a microphone?

Does a microphone (the transistor and electronics inside it) last forever? Is there any chance for it to get broken from normal? How can I treat them right, so they will last longer? I'm talking ...
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How do I clean the windway on my recorder?

I have a plastic soprano recorder about ten years old. Over the years its accumulated some dirt or something in the windway. it has a straight windway. What is the best way to clean it out? Could any ...
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1 of 4 power tubes went bad; buy a matching quartet or replace the one?

I have a Peavey Windsor running Ruby EL34B-STR's. One of the power tubes went bad. I can order another Ruby EL34BSTR and re-bias the amp (idk if it has a bias for each tube or not) and I assume ...
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Do I need to have my guitar re-set up if I change the string gauge

I'm a newbie transitioning to intermediate and I have a rather nice strat with 11 gauge strings. I'd like to try lighter strings but someone told me changing gauge will require the guitar to be re-set ...
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Factors in choosing a replacement saddle for an acoustic guitar.

I saw this in the comments section on the question "Do acoustic or classical guitars need to be set up?" The saddle material makes a difference in the sound of an acoustic too. I have a bit of a ...
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How can I Lower the strings to the fretboard?

How can I lower the strings to make it closer to the fretboard? When I play my guitar, using the 5th fret until to the 12th fret, it seems the sound doesn't come to my ears gently and I thought it is ...
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When to level/replace frets on an electric guitar?

When is it necessary to level frets on an electric guitar? What are signs that frets need leveling? What are signs that frets need to be replaced?
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Should my fret be buzzing on my recently bought guitar?

I bought a Cordoba F7 Paco classical guitar last week and a few of the frets were slightly buzzing on the D string frets. After the tech setup my guitar, he said it's because of my form/technique and ...
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What should I consider when I see a loosen hair in a violin bow?

This drawing should do: These are the hairs of a brand new bow. Straight, clean, etc. I noticed this: As you can see, it seems like a certain hair is a bit loose. Is this wrong? (affects ...
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Do guitar strings wear when not used?

Do strings wear because of the pressure applied to them or any other factor, or do they stay in quite the same shape as long as you don't use them?
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Using coconut oil for electric guitar fretboard?

I have an ESP Ltd H-101 fm and the fretboard seems to be drying (maybe?) Can I use coconut oil on the fretboard instead of lemon oil or other oils specifically used on fretboards? Also what are the ...
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Noise coming from dunlop gcb95 original crybaby

I'm using a dunlop gcb95 original crybaby. It's powered by a zoom ad16 9v adapter. The problem is, there's no noise if I use any clean preset in my fender mustang II amp, but using metal 2000 or any ...
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What to look when buying left-handed guitar strung by a right-handed player?

The title seems to loong, I can't make it simple. Anyone may fix it. Alright, I can't explain my question in the title, but here's what happen: I wanna get myself a Stratocaster guitar, I am a ...
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How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?

I think this would be a wonderfully instructive question to people who are new to tube amplifiers. In short, how do I know that it's time to change a tube, and what's a good strategy for figuring out ...
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What is causing this weird distortion coming from my amp?

Here is the sound I'm talking about. I get this sound, unless I strum ridiculously lightly, on different amp volume settings, with no gain, but is seems to become ...
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How do I lubricate a slide whistle?

I got a slide whistle for my birthday. I notice that it seems to stick a lot. When I try playing it, it is always hitting my teeth and I can't really practice. This is my first non-percussion ...
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In general, how do I maintain a slide whistle?

I asked about lubrication. Now I'm wondering how in general I should maintain my slide whistle. This is my first non-percussion instrument. Maintaining a percussion instrument amounts to hitting it ...
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What is the proper humidity range for an acoustic guitar?

What is the range of relative humidity, in percentage, that is optimal for storing a guitar, cello, violin or the like in its case? I live in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, which is a humid environment ...
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What is the best way to remove a broken bridge pin?

I decided to give my guitar a well deserved clean, but when I came to remove the low E string, the bridge pin was a bit stuck so I resorted to using pliers, which turns out to have been a very bad ...
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It's really hard to press my acoustic guitar strings and I can't figure out why

I recently bought a Seagull entourage rustic, after trying it out in a store. It was really easy to play. The one I ordered (2nd hand), however, is really hard to play. I can't play a barre F chord in ...
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Small bugs in my classical guitar

For the last seven years, when winter comes (and the cold weather) I notice small bugs (about half a millimeter) strolling my classical guitar. They are whitish and I don't see any apparent damage to ...
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Why does my tone knob seem to act as an on/off switch and what should I do about it?

I have a mid-90s Washburn MG-40 electric guitar. It was very crackly when I acquired it so I took it to be serviced. I'm new to playing electric so the tone knob is a bit of a mystery to me, but mine ...
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Should a Floyd Rose bridge be parallel to the body of the guitar?

I've read before that a Floyd Rose bridge should be parallel to the body of the guitar. This is an image of the bridge on my guitar: You can see that the left side of the appears to be a little ...
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Should tabla drum produce any buzzing?

Earlier today I was trying out two tabla drum sets in a music shop and I noticed that both sets they had were producing a buzzing sound while being played. I am no tabla player but I have been playing ...
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Is it safe to take a metronome apart?

My metronome started to make unpleasant squeaky noises when I wind up its spring. It's still working perfectly - this doesn't hurt the actual timing of the clicks. But the squeaking is really ...
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Should I remove electric guitar cord daily after practice?

A friend of mine suggested that I leave the cord plugged into the guitar. Removing and inserting the cord daily for practice may damage it and reduce its life. Is it okay that I leave my guitar ...
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how to change strings on a jixing acoustic guitar?

There are no tutorial online for changing such strings.Are those small parts at end of string detachable
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Piano getting out of tune and noisy after 6 weeks

I have a 30 year old upright piano withan iron frame. It had been neglected for probably 10 years. 6 months ago it has been repaired and tuned. The action had to be cleaned and pieces of felt and ...
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Flowers on a Piano

We just moved a baby grand into our new house. It's the Kawai I grew up with as a child. Very excited! My wife was excited too. It looked like a great surface to provide a little decoration on. ...
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How to tie knot for adjustable string strumstick strap

I have a strumstick and part of the requirement to hold it comfortably for playing is to have the string that's used for a strap adjusted to the correct length. The way they do this is with a special ...
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Is there any way i can increase the life of my drum sticks?

Is there any way I can improve how long my sticks last, and prevent chips, splints and cracks? As a metal drummer, I find that I am playing a lot of rim hits. Whether I have nylon tips or wood tips, ...
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Guitar Resting Position

I am not using my guitar for sometime. It is very new semi acoustic guitar and i want to keep it to rest for sometime. So, for the last two months I am keeping it flat on the ground with strings ...
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Strange guitar warble sound

I have a Jackson Dinky DK2M with two Seymour Duncan Humbucker pickups and a floyd rose tremolo on it. It is producing a strange `warble' noise on G string, especially on higher frets like 12th, 15th, ...
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Do pianos really need to rest before tuning, after being moved?

I'm new to real pianos and just having bought an old 2nd-hand one, it's obviously gone out of tune being moved to my house. I've heard from a few people, including one tuner, that they need to 'rest' ...
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How do you access the electronics on a hollow-body electric guitars ?

Some models of electric hollow-body / electric arch-top guitars do not have seem to have any kind of access to the electronics (switches, pots, caps, wiring) beside the "f" shaped sound holes. I ...
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Is it a good idea to leave my guitar tuned over night?

I have an acoustic guitar and I always leave it tuned over night until someone told me that it ruins the strings and the neck of the guitar. Is that true and should I leave it tuned overnight?
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How do I properly stretch my newly strung strings?

I came across this string stretcher device. It's called The Stretcha. It claims to properly and evenly stretch new strings and maintain tuning. I never really made a point to properly stretch ...
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Stretching Strings: Safe technique [duplicate]

So, I've been told that stretching guitar strings shortly after fitting them is a useful technique for keeping them in tune for longer. I've recently started doing this after some advice online to do ...
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Is it okay to stand on drumkit's kick?

I've seen in a few live concert, where people, especially the frontman, stand on the drumkit. Is it okay to stand there? Will the kick be broken? I'm specifically thinking of having a mic in front ...