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revised What indicators enable consumers to identify counterfeit guitars?
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Jul
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comment What determines how hard it is to press a guitar string?
Action is only a part of it. Try tuning bass strings to guitar pitch, then try fretting them. Even though they could be close to the neck, their tension would make it really hard to press them down. Action improving with age? Action shouldn't change at all, especially on an old guitar, as changing is a bad sign that the guitar is unstable and needs inspection.
Jul
1
comment What determines how hard it is to press a guitar string?
"The straightness of the neck has nothing to do with the tension.", yes, but it can have a lot to do with how hard it is to press a guitar string. If it's pulling forward the action will be higher, increasing the difficulty of fretting. If it's bowing backwards, the action can be improved, improving the fretting. That's basically why we adjust the relief of the neck.
Jun
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Jun
3
comment How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?
I remember those, and used them on my old '65 Deluxe amps' tubes. (And no, I don't have them any more because I stupidly sold those. Too.) It'd be a great service to their customers if the mega-music store chains had tube testers next to their stock of replacement tubes. I'm sure they can find old testers for dirt-cheap. Slap on a coat of paint and a cute wrap and plug them in.
Jun
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revised How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?
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Apr
22
answered Do most professional guitarists use string lubricant?
Apr
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Mar
5
comment Pickups and selector switch stop buzzing when touched?
Taylor calls it a "shunt", so I used their terminology. The strings are not grounded when the fuse/shunt blows, instead the connection to the strings is broken entirely, and, if you're holding the strings, you won't get shocked as the circuit to the strings, and hence the player, no longer exists. I've got two Taylors with them in it; One currently is blown and the guitar works fine, albeit with a bit more noise which goes away if I touch the pickup casing to ground myself.
Mar
5
comment Pickups and selector switch stop buzzing when touched?
There are very valid reasons why guitars should not have their strings (or tuners, bridges or other metallic parts) grounded. It creates a situation where the guitarist can close a loop through badly wired A/C circuits, which can cause a shock, or even death. It's better to shield the controls and possibly do what Taylor does in their electrics, and use a shunt that'll open in case of a ground-loop. Modern building codes should having wiring that won't case a problem, but old buildings, or badly wired stages, can be dangerous.
Mar
5
revised Pickups and selector switch stop buzzing when touched?
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Mar
5
revised How does bodybuilding or weightlifting affect singer's voice?
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Mar
5
comment How does bodybuilding or weightlifting affect singer's voice?
"How does bodybuilding or weightlifting affect singer's voice?" Are you singing while doing those things?
Jan
24
comment How does the Buzz Feiten tuning system work?
The Martin's back and the BFTS has helped a lot; Getting the guitar tuned is more finicky, probably because I'm having to tune differently, but it sounds great once I get it there. Chords and open-chords are in tune past the twelfth fret now. It was a totally reversible change to an original guitar that had a badly placed bridge right from the factory. Awesome!
Dec
31
comment How does the Buzz Feiten tuning system work?
As I understand it, Feiten is the nut, the saddle and how the frets are crowned. My '69 Martin D35 is in the shop for one, to correct issues from the factory back then and my tech went over the changes he'd have to make. Because it's such an old guitar he's trying to avoid any unreversible changes.
Dec
31
revised How does the Buzz Feiten tuning system work?
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