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I broke my G string and my other 3 strings are out of tune too

You have eleven days until the concert. Even if you don't have a local music store, that's plenty of time to order a string online. In case you can't get hold of a replacement: The strings are all ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

For your first question. Your cymbal is oxidized, and the green color is called patina Initially, bare Cu metal atoms react with air to form the pink oxide, cuprite, Cu2O, which has Cu+1 cations. ...
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Strap button repair

I have had to do this with 3 of my guitars, and by far my best results have been from filling the hole with wood glue and then pushing 3 matchsticks in. Once the glue dries, I use a new screw - same ...
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How do I fix a broken bridge pin without going to the guitar shop?

Do not try to force the peg out using the string, the ball presses against the peg to lock it in place and you can damage your peg slot by forcing it. Here's how we do it at the shop: Loosen all the ...
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Cork in the base of a violin's chin rest

Pre-cut 'violin chin rest cork' is offered from several suppliers. Yes, you just loosen, insert new cork, tighten. Glue is optional. Or you can buy sheet cork from a craft store and cut it yourself. ...
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Strap button screw length for acoustic guitar

Strap locks are generally designed for electric guitars, because electrics are more often heavy, and it's heavy instruments that tend to shake their straps loose. Hence, locking buttons are usually ...
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how much risk is acceptable with damaged classical guitar

It looks as though the cracking is in the lacquer only. If that's the case, then it will probably be o.k. However, if the wood itself is cracked, the sound may well be compromised, and will reflect in ...
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How risky is it to have a maple fretboard refretted?

When removing frets damage to the fretboard is always a consideration, some kind of chipping as the old frets come out is something to be anticipated, rather than disregarded. There are various ways ...
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Bach Stradivarius LT42 restoration

A trombone is the sum of its components. And the words of the economist, Thomas Sowell, "There are no solutions, only compromises..." applies to the trombone world as well. Part of why you might ...
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Crash cymbal turned green

This cymbal is an alloy of copper and tin. The green coulor is the a phenomene of the oxidation of copper. It can be cleaned and will disappear by a chemical reduction with hydrogenium. https://...
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Bottom Strap Holder Broke, Can I Fix it?

If someone has previously drilled the hole larger, or swapped the screw, or even just continued to screw in a screw that was coming loose & eventually wearing the hole out… the task really just ...
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How to tell if piano has "clicky hammers" problem?

You would hear it Hammer click is a very distinctive sound. When heard, it leaves no doubt that there's a problem. There are a variety of videos on YouTube, for example, demonstrating hammer clicking ...
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Is my truss rod broken?

An addendum to leftaroundabout's answer. Never tighten the trussrod against the tension of the strings. Slacken them first. Never use the truss rod to pull the neck. Pull the neck manually & use ...
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Busted guitar top, how to fix?

This is a relatively simple repair if you don't mind that the guitar doesn't end up looking the same as it did new: Drill out the damaged parts of the wood. Add a pickguard with the slot for the ...
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I broke my G string and my other 3 strings are out of tune too

This boils down to knowing how to tune your violin—which is not a simple skill for someone who hasn't worked with a string instrument before, but a good thing to learn. I think I will create a ...
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Do I have a grounding issue?

Often when a jack socket comes loose, the owner keeps tightening it from outside. This makes the wire attached to the part of the socket which is either inside the guitar body, or under the ...
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Neck is bowed and truss rod cannot be tightened further

Truss rod adjustments do not usually affect the neck with an immediate change. Depending on the base wood, it could take 30 minutes to an hour before the truss rod has had it's full effect on the neck....
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Troubleshooting Roland analog synthesizer's 'moving' dead notes

If it's anything like the archetypal polyphonic analog synthesizer (the Prophet 5), it has six analog voices (probably consisting of two oscillators, a low pass filter, and a couple envelopes each, ...
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How do I fix a stuck Joint on a plastic recorder

As Tim commented, warm water may loosen the grease, but for stuck woodwind joints we usually use a refrigerator or freezer. Chilling the plastic and/or grease can both shrink the joint and make the ...
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Is my truss rod broken?

It does tighten up if I turn it clockwise The truss rod doesn't seem to be broken. I don't see much of a change in the relief of the neck. It seems to be dead straight all the time. Normally the ...
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Finding corresponding hex bolts and keys for electric guitar bridge

The correct name for these screws are "Metric Socket Head Cap / Allen Screws (DIN 912)". Google this for your area. Here in the Uk M2 X 12 are aprox £5 per hundred. Are you sure of your dimensions ...
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how much risk is acceptable with damaged classical guitar

It all depends on the sound and whether you can live with the imperfections. My first guitar teacher had a very good Yamaha guitar that had a great big chunk of wood in the side missing. He told me ...
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one of the saddle's springs on the bridge of my guitar is missing

As you can already see, the saddle is out of position (note the head of the saddle position screw is not against the bridge plate as it should be. You just need to find a replacement spring. You ...
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Why is my bass eating up 9 volt batteries like candy?

On the assumption you're taking the jack out after playing (You are, aren't you..?) then I'd go for the jack socket itself, which is switched, so as to activate the circuitry when a jack is inserted. ...
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Where can I go to learn how to fix my guitar?

This might help : Haynes Guitar Books I have the Stratocaster one and found it full of great info. The guitar books are intended as a bit of 'uselful humour', I guess - if you haven't heard of ...
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Neck is bowed and truss rod cannot be tightened further

First port of call - Paul Reed Smith. He may well have seen the problem before. It makes life easier to slacken the strings before tightening the truss rod.While they're loose, try to turn another ...
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Can I widen the grooves on my guitar's nut myself?

Based on what you have written in your question I would suggest you just take it to a luthier. There are so many things you can get wrong here that it probably is not worth it. Widening the groove ...
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