Questions about restoring an instrument from damage to a playable or like-new condition.

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Under-saddle pickup not picking up the low E string

Recently, my under-saddle B-Band pickup has gone silent, but only on the low E. Acoustically, everything sounds just fine. The saddle hasn't been removed recently and everything appears sound. Any ...
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Electric guitar tone control fault

I've got Epiphone LP Special II for two years. Some time ago I noticed that tone pot set at maximum or minimum was cutting all lows or highs and the guitar lost power (volume doesn't changes while 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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Peavey SP-2A Speaker Repair

I'm taking a shot in the dark here but I have these old Peavey Sp-2A speakers that I'm looking at fixing. They were a gift to me a long time ago and since then the main loudspeaker, or sub-woofer, has ...
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How much does it cost on average to clean a clarinet?

I was wondering on average, how much does it cost to clean up a clarinet. Someone borrowed my instrument that I haven't touched in about 20 years. I didn't think to clean it up, replace cork, pads, ...
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Broken keys on Casio Celviano AP-21 digital piano

I have a Casio electric piano with weighted keys that I bought in the year 2000. I've loved it but now some critical keys suddenly stopped working -- just no sound at all -- from middle C down to the ...
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Electric guitar trapezoid inlay protruding from fretboard

I have a Gibson SG Standard that I've had for about 8 years. The trapezoid inlay in the third fret is starting to protrude from the fretboard. I felt it when I fretted a note on the third fret one ...
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How do I fix a loose joint in a plastic recorder?

Another member of my band has a set of plastic recorders that are at least 20 years old and played often. Similar to this one: They're plastic, not wood, so shouldn't be subject to fluctuations from ...
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Am I able to repair the pegs on my violin?

A couple years ago, my cousin gave me her old violin that she never played, and it is for sure over fifty years old. When she found it, the pegs were really loose and they will not stay in their place ...
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How do I fix the bridge on a Flea ukulele?

I have a Flea ukulele that I bought used several months ago. The bridge is starting to pull away from the top. Surprisingly, the uke still stays in tune and is quite playable, but I can't imagine it ...
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Returning shine to very old silver flute?

I found a good old flute (Armstrong) from the 1960's. As a hobby and ministry, I like to find old band instruments, clean them, repair and take/send them to places where kids learn and enjoy playing ...
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Guitar produces hum due to poor soldering

Is it possible that a guitar could produce a low hum after replacing a pickup? I own a guitar that I (poorly) replaced a pickup on when I first started playing, and I was wondering if there was some ...
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Is there a way to repair key on a digital piano?

We have a Kurzwell digital piano and one of the keys sounds louder than the others. Any way to fix this?
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Trouble with schilke trumpet valves

(Sorry if this is off topic. I couldn't really tell from the FAQ, and there was at least one other, unclosed repair question) I'm borrowing a Schilke trumpet (serial 55xx) and I'm having some trouble ...
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Saxophone sometimes out of tune by nearly a fourth

Our band's saxophonist has a bizzare intermittent fault with his soprano sax (so normally uses his tenor or alto sax). Sometimes it's fine and sings beautifully, but other times it'll be out of tune ...
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How do I fix a stripped pickguard screw?

I have a Gibson Faded Flying V (Mahogany) and recently the guitar cable was yanked, pulling and stripping a screw from the pickguard. Is there a good way for me to fix this?
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How do you successfully share another drummer's kit at a show?

The typical indie band showcase has 2 or 3 bands on a bill, and it usually makes logistic sense to share a backline (drums, bass amp, and maybe guitar amps). Some stage managers, or entire festivals, ...
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What glue to use to repair maracas?

I was recording a percussion part the other day, and one of my maracas broke during the take. It wouldn't be all that much money to replace them, but I like the sound they make. I also have ...
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How to free up a rusty trombone slide?

I just bought a crap old trombone for $50. It has a few dings, but sounds fine. The problem is that the slide is slightly rusty (little fleck marks on the inner slide, I can't see inside the outer ...
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Repairing cymbals?

I have a bunch of cymbals that are in various fairly poor states of repair. One has a few small cracks near the rim. One is just bent out of shape entirely (I don't know how that happened). Is it ...
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Acoustic guitar damaged by impact. How to repair?

Introduction My acoustic guitar has suffered damage at four locations. It still sounds very good, and it is more than twenty years old. The damage done The different damage locations are pictured ...
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Guitar self repair tutorials and forums

I have a fender squire strat . It goes out of tune very frequently, even after i bend my string once and also is a bit out of tune towards the higher notes. Are there any good blogs or sites which ...
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How do properly repaired cracks in the body of an acoustic guitar affect sound (if at all)?

A guitar I'm looking to buy (acoustic flamenco guitar, Alhambra) has a crack in the top (is that the correct term for the "audience-facing wooden panel"?), running closely alongside the neck all the ...
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Tool to adjust truss rod on a bass guitar

As a follow-up to this question: What tool will I need to adjust the truss rod on a bass guitar? The guitar in question is a Peavey T-40 with too much relief on the neck. While I've found a ...
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Remove Mouthpiece Tarnish

I have a fifty year old F.E. Olds & Sons Ambassador cornet. It lay unused for 30+ years (it is now oiled and greased properly). There is considerable tarnish on the mouthpiece and on the slides. ...
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How to glue a crack in the front panel of a classical guitar?

It was probably caused by dryness or bad storage. The crack goes all the way from the sounding board hole to the bottom edge of the guitar (assuming it's standing).
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Sousaphone repair suggestions

I've recently bought a cheap battered second (probably mode) hand sousaphone on a garage sale. It is in faily bad shape, but the valves look ok. The instrument is made of a metallic grey alloy which ...
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Reinforcing an acoustic guitar's bridge

Background: I recently found a guitar in a dumpster, a steel-string acoustic. It's not the best guitar--an Galveston WJ-750, probably discarded by someone who gave up on guitar lessons--but it has a ...
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What pickups should I install on my telecaster?

I have some texas specials on a telecaster right now. The were fine when I was back in the army but now I'm playing a wider combination of music that needs solid rhythm (even acoustic sounding would ...
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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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Stripped strap pin screw

You may have seen my question a while back about how to handle a faulty strap pin. I found another pair in my 'accessory kit' that are of much better quality. The dilemma now is removing the strap pin ...
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Is there any easy way to replace a saddle?

The "saddle" on my acoustic is broken (like it looks shattered/cracked) where the G-String makes contact with it. This makes the string sound dead. Is there an easy way for someone like me, who has no ...