close up of a Gibson guitar bridge

The Importance of a Strong Bridge Glue Joint

I play a Gibson LG-0 that my mother handed down to me—she got it as a teenager in the ’60s. It’s a great guitar and in pretty killer shape considering all it’s seen. A few months ago, I noticed that the bridge was pulling up. (I can get a piece…

adjusting the bridge height on an acoustic guitar

DIY Maintenance: How to Adjust String Height at the Bridge

Every guitar needs regular maintenance, and at some point, no matter how careful you are with your instrument, it’s bound to need some kind of repair. If, say, your old campfire guitar isn’t fun to play anymore because the action (the distance between your strings and the fingerboard) is too…

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close up of guitar strings

Ask the Expert: Fixing String Spacing & Refretting a Bound Fingerboard

Thank you, dear readers, for all your write-in curios and questions over the past months. If I haven’t let you know, I really appreciate it. Sharing your question or concern, even about something small, can help clear things up for other readers—including things they didn’t know they needed cleared up.…

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How to Adjust Your Truss Rod

If your guitar has a single-action truss rod, then you’ll only have control over the amount of backward bow, with any forward movement either being built into the design of the neck or occurring from the pull of the strings. Many contemporary guitars use a double-action truss rod, which allows…

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How to detect and fix guitar rattles.

How to Fix Rattles

Your entire guitar vibrates when you play it: the top most of all, but even the neck and headstock are moved by the vibrating strings’ energy. Any loose part on your guitar may buzz or rattle audibly, sometimes only when certain notes are played. Parts don’t have to be visibly loose to rattle, and it can be quite a job to chase down the causes of some of these little noises.

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How to detect and fix guitar rattles.

Guitar Fingerboard Maintenance

Because an acoustic guitar’s fingerboard generally doesn’t have finish applied to it, it should be cleaned with a method slightly different from the one you use on the body

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Demonstration for cleaning acoustic guitar

How to Clean Your Guitar

Learn the differences between commercial polishes and cleaners and get the low-down on how to clean your instrument without scratching the finish.