Ask the Expert: When it Comes to Repairs, When Is Enough Enough?
Ask the Expert: Vintage vs. Modern Instruments—Do Blindfold Tests Really Work?
Guitar Guru: Troubleshooting Unwanted Sounds on Acoustic Guitar
By Dana Bourgeois |This article originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of Acoustic Guitar magazine and was reprinted in the September/October 2020 issue. Q: My 1983 Martin HD-28 has a buzzing or rattling high E string. The rest of the strings sound great.…
Ask the Expert: How Much Do Acoustic Guitar Top Woods Contribute to Tone?
Ask the Expert: Is It “Right” to Experiment?
Q: What do you feel are the “right” areas to try to improve upon the classic styles? What areas of design must remain true to vintage originals in order to preserve integrity, and what areas have wiggle room for experimentation?…
Ask the Expert: How Do You Acquire the Wood for Your Instruments?
Ask the Expert: Do Bonding Agents Affect a Guitar’s Sound?
Q: Why is hot hide glue preferred by some luthiers, while others use synthetic glues, and what are its advantages and disadvantages? —Doug MacKenzie, Cary, North Carolina A: Hide glue, animal glue, and protein colloid glue are names for adhesives made…
Ask the Expert: How Long Should it Take to Break In a New Guitar?
Ask the Expert: Should I Put a Pickup on My High-End Instrument?
Ask the Expert: What’s the Difference Between Long-Scale and Short-Scale Guitars?
Ask the Expert: How Much Does Grain Orientation Matter?
Ask the Expert: What is “French Polishing” and Is It Worth It?
Q: My understanding is that a type of finish known as “French polishing” gives not only a hand-built look to an instrument, but also a better quality of tone and a fuller sound. How does this process work, and is…
Ask the Expert: What Happens When Your Flattop Loses Its Flat Top?
Guitar Guru: Can You Hear the Difference in Tonewoods?
Ask the Expert: How Do I Determine the Value of a High-End Guitar?
Q: What exactly is the difference between a “handmade” and a “handcrafted” guitar? Furthermore, in the high-end market, what qualities should a player (not a collector) look for when evaluating the differences between, for example, a $3,500 guitar and a…
Ask the Expert: Can a Soft Top Wood Last as Long as Spruce?
Ask the Expert: How Do I Get Rid of this Annoying Buzz?
Ask the Expert: Does a Guitar’s Finish Really Affect the Tone?
Ask the Expert: How are Guitars Voiced?
Ask the Expert: What Should I Look for When Selecting Wood for a Guitar?
Ask the Expert: Should I Reset the Neck on My Vintage Guitar?
Ask the Expert: Do Vintage Guitars Live Up to Their Reputations?
Guitar Guru: Do the Tonewoods and Thickness of My Guitar’s Back Have an Impact on its Sound?
Q: “I noticed that some guitars have very stiff backs and there is no difference to the sound whether the back is held against your body or away from it. What are the advantages of stiff vs. active backs?”—Seth Brockman,…
Ask the Expert: What Causes Random Intonation Glitches?
Q: Using an electronic tuner, I can verify that when my open strings are in tune, my fretted octaves are accurate or nearly accurate. Individual notes of certain chords, however, can be very out of tune, and capoing in some…