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Are these indentations on the frets of my Acoustic for intonation? Can I apply this to the frets of my Electric?

The questions are in the title, picture is below, but here are the (TL/DR) details. About 9 months ago, I bought an electric guitar "kit" and assembled it (fun, highly recommended). This ...
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Is my truss rod broken?

Recently I have been messing around with a Squier Affinity Strat, trying to set it up properly. I tried to adjust the truss rod and it was initially too tight. So I turned it counterclockwise, in ...
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I want to make my Rabab sound louder

I have an Afghani stringed instrument. It has 3 main strings (nylon) along with drone and sympathetic strings. 20 in total. I feel that my rabab is not creating enough sound, especially the echo a ...
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What kind of box for a hand crank music box

I usually build boxes for speakers, but I would like to build a box for a hand crank music box to have a strong resonance. Like this : https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/27/...
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Normal fret wear or particularly low-quality fret wire?

I've been playing a cheap guitar for maybe an hour every day for the past two years. At first I was very happy with the way it played, the frets were perfectly level and I was able to set it up ...
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Fixing loose strap button screw in solid-body guitar [duplicate]

I have a strap button screw in my Squier Affinity Strat that I have to re-fasten every week or so, and I'd like to carry out a more permanent repair. There is no visible damage to the screw hole or ...
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Magnetic part of pickup sticks out

I got my guitar set up and the luthier did an amazing job. However, I want to know if the magnetic part of one of the pickups sticking out is normal. Beneath the A and D strings, these parts stick out ...
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Violin bridge E-string: pad or hardened insert?

I know many (not all) violinists place a small pad or a short piece of tubing around the E-string at the bridge contact point. Some bridges have a tiny insert there, presumably of a very hard wood, ...
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Are there any violin family instruments built without a left shoulder?

On the bass and cello (and probably violin and viola as well), it seems like many aspects of proper form serve the purpose of getting ones arm over the left shoulder to play high on the fingerboard. ...
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Crack between fretboard and guitar neck

I recently adjusted the truss rod in my guitar, nothing uncommon. I increased the relief a little bit when I noticed the following crack around the 7th fret. It is, perhaps difficult to see, but I am ...
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What physical phenomenon causes stratitis?

I've heard luthiers refer to the weird sounds from a badly adjusted pickup as 'stratitis' (or 'wolf sounds'?). What are the mechanics of stratitis? What physical phenomenon causes it to occur?
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How can I measure, or otherwise quantify, the accuracy of intonation of my classical guitar, in order to compare it with other classical guitars?

Is there an standard / common way of measuring and comparing intonation in classical guitars? Say, if I were a luthier, which objective method would I use to decide if any given classical guitar needs ...
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Electric guitar bridge moved after one string broke

Ok so I was playing my Ibanez electric guitar when the first string broke during a bend. Afterwards the bridge seemed lifted up, like moved upwards (see image). When I tried strumming the other ...
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(Solved) Intonation Problem (Only with High E and B Strings) in Acoustic Guitar

My Acoustic Guitar's Intonation is right in place for the bottom 4 strings, But the Top two are off. Octave is 50 Cents flat in B-string and 1 semi-tone flat in E-string. - I thought it was the ...
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Is it OK to just replace the first 4 frets instead of all 24 on an Ibanez SR-300, because the first 4 were the only ones damaged by my negligence?

Ibanez SR-300 4 String bass guitar re-fretIbanez 4-String Bassneck DR-300
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White dirt in jatoba fretboard

My brand new JemJR has weird white dust inside wood. I already tried to clean it using some paper and water. It looked perfect right after cleaning it, but it returned once the fretboard was dry. ...
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Anti-slip foam material used for shoulder-rest?

What's the name of the very anti-slip foam felt used in popular violin shoulder rests such as Everest, Bonmusica etc? I have a high neck and I want to cut out another layer of that foam to adhere to ...
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On instruments that use frets, where's the best spot to press a string on, in order to minimize hand fatigue and potential for injuries?

I know this question sounds completely subjective at first sight, it even triggered the automatic "The question you're asking appears subjective and is likely to be closed" alarm, but please read ...
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How thick should rosewood be for a floating pickguard?

I'd like to make a rosewood or ebony pickguard for my archtop. I see rosewood in 2mm thickness for a reasonable price. Does anyone have experience with wooden floating pickguards? I've only seen ...
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Are intonation issues in a cheap acoustic guitar fixable?

so I am a beginner guitarist, and I have one quite good guitar, and a cheap one. I`ve tuned it to standard tuning, and when I play the 5th fret on the E string on the cheap one, it goes like 1/4 of a ...
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How does the action (distance between fret and string) of a guitar affect the tone / sound / timbre?

When talking with or reading / watching about professionals and their setups (acoustic instruments in particular), I found that there's a heavy tendency for using higher actions, in contrast with non-...
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Is it safe to use water to clean (rosewood, ebony, maple) fretboards?

It's common to see in message boards, forums, and news groups that using water to clean a fretboard can cause problems, or is otherwise advised against. It's not normally explained why, or if it only ...
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Are hard tension strings (around 85 lbs total tension) generally safe for classical guitars without truss rod?

I know some classical guitars absolutely definitely can't handle extra-hard tension strings because they can cause the bridge to break or the neck to bend, so only guitars specifically designed for ...
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Sticker between neck and body on electric guitar

I have a Fender Highway One American strat, and after removing the neck (bolt-on), I found that there are two stickers one the base of the neck where it makes contact with the body. Will this impact ...
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Is there a way to know what is the tension range a specific classical guitar is designed for?

I have two old classical guitars with no way of knowing who made them, or finding a specification sheet, or something similar. I normally play with high or ultra high tension strings, but I don't know ...
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What should I ask my luthier about from a general maintainence perspective?

I am taking my violin to a luthier on the recommendation of my teacher (though I have been considering it for a while). Recently it has been 'sounding a bit off' - it has a forced quality to the tone, ...
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Which are the differences between the typical nylon strings, and the newer fluorocarbon (or “carbon”) strings?

We all know the traditional nylon strings for the classical guitar, which in turn replaced the even more traditional gut strings. Lately, more and more string manufacturers are introducing products ...
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Spruce vs cedar as the material of the soundboard (top, tonewoods) of the classical guitar; how do they affect the tone and sound?

Seems that two of the most common materials for the soundboard of a classical guitar (also called tonewoods) are cedar and spruce. Regarding tone, is there a significant difference between the sound a ...
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Flamenco guitar strings

Before the invention of nylon, from what material were strings made for use by flamenco players? I have tried different search engines and forae but found no answer or similar question.
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How can I design a string instrument and for it to be louder?

I'm trying to make, as a hobby, a few instruments, and watching videos on string instruments, specially compact ones, I noticed that outside of the sounds being pleasant or not, the volume was ...
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Crack on guitar neck. Possible solution?

Recently I've noticed that my guitar (classic) has some crack on the top of the neck, precisely where the neck connects to the head. I've doing some research and it seems that it's not a big deal, and ...
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Dark-sounding 1986 Les Paul Custom - modern upgrade? or embrace yacht rock? [closed]

I'm lefty, and good lefty guitars used to be very rare. I bought the first lefty Les Paul I ever laid eyes on: a used black 1986 les paul custom. I gigged/toured in three different bands with it. It's ...
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Guqin construction and physics

I am a physicist building a Guqin, an old Chinese zither. I try to understand its construction, how it vibrates, what are the key features to obtain a good sound. I found only one paper on the ...
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1964 JB Hutto Airline Res-o-glass body composition [closed]

https://reverb.com/uk/price-guide/guide/591-airline-res-o-glass-jb-hutto-1965-red The JB Hutto Airline Res-o-glass model 1964 is said to be made out of a type of fibreglass called "Res-o-glass." Does ...
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What are the dimensions, angles of a Gibson Les Paul standard pots cavity?

I am working on building a prewired set of pots and want to mount them on a piece of plastic that can drop into the cavity of a standard les paul. I have been looking for the dimensions and found this ...
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How do I convert a Hawaiian guitar to Spanish Guitar?

I have a 4 months old hawaiian guitar. I do not like playing the Hawaiian guitar, and I want to change instruments. I have a standard bengali Hawaiian guitar with all its accessories and I want to ...
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Why is a zero fret so uncommon on guitars in spite of all the advantages?

Given the many advantages of using a zero fret on a guitar (as cited in this excellent answer Advantages of a zero fret) and given that with a zero fret it is easier to play chords that call for ...
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Custom Nut Width Dreadnought - String Spacing?

I play acoustic and electric, and I build acoustics as a hobby. I want to build a dreadnought guitar for a friend. He has been playing forever but recent hand surgeries make him unable to play a ...
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Should I keep on the old strings when sending my guitar to be set up?

I need to repair the electronics on my Stratocaster, which will require me to remove the strings. I then want to get the guitar set up. Will sending a guitar to the workshop without strings affect the ...
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Are the little blocks of wood inside a ukulele body necessary for sound?

I want to make a ukulele, and I'm just wondering about little blocks of wood that are inside them. Are they for structural support, or does it help the sound somehow? I'll be making it via ...
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what´s wrong with my guitar

A couple of years ago, I bought a beautiful used Martin guitar 000-28VS (12-fretter). It had some neck issues, so it was quite cheap for this type. This is fixed now, but the more I play it, the less ...
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Importance of the neck joint on an electric guitar

Many electric guitar builders stress the need for a very tight-fitting neck/neck pocket. I find this the most difficult aspect of the build. Question 1: if a neck is bolted (4 bolts) but is not a ...
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Physical volume of instruments

I am aware that this might be a slightly unusual question, but just today I was wondering about the physical volume (meaning the capacity, NOT the loudness) of some musical instruments. In particular,...
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Where to install a bridge in an electric guitar? (assuming the scale length keeps the same)

I am planning in building an electric guitar, and I personally believe it would be more comfortable to have a bridge a little bit more to the back of the body, near from where it hangs (which is ...
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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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Can I use a Mustang bridge on a Fender Jaguar? Are there issues?

I've recently purchased a Fender Squier Jaguar from an online dealer, and was aware beforehand, that the stock bridge was unreliable and subject to many complaints. The issue with the Stock Jaguar ...
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Scale length with incorrect bridge position

What would be the issue/effect of having the bridge too far away from the nut on a large fretboard with standard fret sizes? For example, a 24 fret board with 25.5 inch scale fret spacings, but a ...
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Does the type of wood on a solid body electric guitar affect its tone or sound?

I know that on an acoustic guitar the sound is produced by the strings vibrating the top or soundboard and that the type wood used on the soundboard and body of an acoustic guitar will be the ...
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How to tell if an electric guitar has good quality

I have been told that two "identical" mass-produced guitars - same series, same model - can be very different in quality. I am about to buy a new Fender from a guy who has been trying to sell it for ...
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Protecting signed acoustic guitar?

This isn’t strictly a music question but I think it’ll fare better here than on the DIY / Home Improvement exchange, so hopefully that’s okay! My wife and I got all our guests to sign and draw on an ...