Blog Category: Guitar

How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

Did you know that regular maintenance of your fretted instrument is critical to achieving optimal tone and playability?  Just as your car needs regularly scheduled maintenance activities in order to properly run, your guitar needs regular attention and adjustments in order to properly play!

This class will provide an explanation of the mechanics of the guitar and other fretted instruments, including bass guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. By studying the craft of a proper guitar set up, students will understand just how important it is to maintain their own instruments at regular intervals.

The class will cover the basics of guitar maintenance and performance. We will show you how your instrument can be influenced by humidity and other climate variances. Maintenance practices from simple string changes to fingerboard card, action height, and truss rod adjustments will be covered.

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of performing these maintenance tasks yourself.  Supplies such as strings, polish, winders, and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class. This is a hands on class and students are encouraged to bring their own instrument.

Register Here

How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

Did you know that regular maintenance of your fretted instrument is critical to achieving optimal tone and playability?  Just as your car needs regularly scheduled maintenance activities in order to properly run, your guitar needs regular attention and adjustments in order to properly play!

This class will provide an explanation of the mechanics of the guitar and other fretted instruments, including bass guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. By studying the craft of a proper guitar set up, students will understand just how important it is to maintain their own instruments at regular intervals.

The class will cover the basics of guitar maintenance and performance. We will show you how your instrument can be influenced by humidity and other climate variances. Maintenance practices from simple string changes to fingerboard card, action height, and truss rod adjustments will be covered.

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of performing these maintenance tasks yourself.  Supplies such as strings, polish, winders, and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class. This is a hands on class and students are encouraged to bring their own instrument.

Register Here

How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

Did you know that regular maintenance of your fretted instrument is critical to achieving optimal tone and playability?  Just as your car needs regularly scheduled maintenance activities in order to properly run, your guitar needs regular attention and adjustments in order to properly play!

This class will provide an explanation of the mechanics of the guitar and other fretted instruments, including bass guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. By studying the craft of a proper guitar set up, students will understand just how important it is to maintain their own instruments at regular intervals.

The class will cover the basics of guitar maintenance and performance. We will show you how your instrument can be influenced by humidity and other climate variances. Maintenance practices from simple string changes to fingerboard card, action height, and truss rod adjustments will be covered.

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of performing these maintenance tasks yourself.  Supplies such as strings, polish, winders, and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class. This is a hands on class and students are encouraged to bring their own instrument.

Register Here

How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

Did you know that regular maintenance of your fretted instrument is critical to achieving optimal tone and playability?  Just as your car needs regularly scheduled maintenance activities in order to properly run, your guitar needs regular attention and adjustments in order to properly play!

This class will provide an explanation of the mechanics of the guitar and other fretted instruments, including bass guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. By studying the craft of a proper guitar set up, students will understand just how important it is to maintain their own instruments at regular intervals.

The class will cover the basics of guitar maintenance and performance. We will show you how your instrument can be influenced by humidity and other climate variances. Maintenance practices from simple string changes to fingerboard card, action height, and truss rod adjustments will be covered.

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of performing these maintenance tasks yourself.  Supplies such as strings, polish, winders, and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class. This is a hands on class and students are encouraged to bring their own instrument.

Register Here

How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

Did you know that regular maintenance of your fretted instrument is critical to achieving optimal tone and playability?  Just as your car needs regularly scheduled maintenance activities in order to properly run, your guitar needs regular attention and adjustments in order to properly play!

This class will provide an explanation of the mechanics of the guitar and other fretted instruments, including bass guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. By studying the craft of a proper guitar set up, students will understand just how important it is to maintain their own instruments at regular intervals.

The class will cover the basics of guitar maintenance and performance. We will show you how your instrument can be influenced by humidity and other climate variances. Maintenance practices from simple string changes to fingerboard card, action height, and truss rod adjustments will be covered.

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of performing these maintenance tasks yourself.  Supplies such as strings, polish, winders, and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class. This is a hands on class and students are encouraged to bring their own instrument.

Register Here

How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar. Class will focus on fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class.

How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar. Class will focus on fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class.

How To Set Up Your Own Guitar

Instructor and technician Michael Mills will walk you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar. Class will focus on fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers are available for purchase at the class.

Set Up Your Own Guitar

Want to make sure your guitar always plays its best? Does something not quite sound or feel right? What if you could set up your guitar at home with a screwdriver and some Allen wrenches? Technician and instructor Michael Mills walks you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar, including fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Addition topics will include winter storage and humidity regulation. Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers available for purchase at the event. All ages welcome.

Campfire Songs

Are your campfire guitar singalongs feeling a little stale? Yearning for something more in the acoustic realm? Join fingerstyle maestro and instructor Luke Chandler for a primer in some of the finer points of acoustic guitar performance. Topics covered will include extended chords in and beyond the first position, beginning fingerstyle playing tips and techniques, and hybrid picking. At least one year of experience required. Please bring your own guitar and a big smile.

Set Up Your Own Guitar

Want to make sure your guitar always plays its best? Does something not quite sound or feel right? What if you could set up your guitar at home with a screwdriver and some Allen wrenches? Technician and instructor Michael Mills walks you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar, including fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Addition topics will include winter storage and humidity regulation. Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers available for purchase at the event. All ages welcome.

Campfire Songs

Are your campfire guitar singalongs feeling a little stale? Yearning for something more in the acoustic realm? Join fingerstyle maestro and instructor Luke Chandler for a primer in some of the finer points of acoustic guitar performance. Topics covered will include extended chords in and beyond the first position, beginning fingerstyle playing tips and techniques, and hybrid picking. At least one year of experience required. Please bring your own guitar and a big smile.

Set Up Your Own Guitar

Want to make sure your guitar always plays its best? Does something not quite sound or feel right? What if you could set up your guitar at home with a screwdriver and some Allen wrenches? Instructor and technician Sean Carolan walks you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar, including fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Addition topics will include winter storage and humidity regulation. Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers available for purchase at the event. All ages welcome.

Campfire Songs

Are your campfire guitar singalongs feeling a little stale? Yearning for something more in the acoustic realm? Join fingerstyle maestro and instructor Luke Chandler for a primer in some of the finer points of acoustic guitar performance. Topics covered will include extended chords in and beyond the first position, beginning fingerstyle playing tips and techniques, and hybrid picking. At least one year of experience required. Please bring your own guitar and a big smile.

Set Up Your Own Guitar

Want to make sure your guitar always plays its best? Does something not quite sound or feel right? What if you could set up your guitar at home with a screwdriver and some Allen wrenches? Instructor and technician Sean Carolan walks you through the process of setting up your electric, acoustic, or bass guitar, including fret and fingerboard care, truss rod adjustment, pickup height, action height, string changes, and more! Addition topics will include winter storage and humidity regulation. Bring your own guitar and follow along. Supplies such as strings and humidifiers available for purchase at the event. All ages welcome.

Five Signs Your Guitar Needs a Setup (Part 4)

4. Your fretboard looks and feels dry
A dry fretboard not only looks bad, but is also bad for your guitar. A dry fretboard can lead to the neck bowing, warping, and in severe cases, cracking. Guitar necks have to hold anywhere between 80 and 180 pounds of tension! Having a healthy, hydrated fretboard is key to a strong neck. You can tell your fretboard is dry from the discoloration of the wood. For example, rosewood fretboards may turn from a dark brown/red color to a light brown/grey color. In some cases, frets may start to stick out the sides of the neck, ever so slightly, due to the shrinkage of the fretboard that dehydration causes. You may also notice white lines appear on your fretboard, a common sign your guitar needs a drink. What should it drink? Lemon oil! This is especially important during the winter time. Not only does lemon oil hydrate the fretboard, but it is also a fretboard cleaner. Another way you can prevent dehydration is with a humidifier. Like I said before, it is best to keep your guitar in a place with controlled humidity (40 – 55%).

 

Five Signs Your Guitar Needs a Setup (Part 3)

3. Your string height is uncomfortably high

Like buzzing, uncomfortable string height is common on many guitars. Average string height for an acoustic guitar is about 6/64ths of an inch on the bass side and 5/64ths of an inch on the treble side, measured at the 12th fret. If the string height is excessively high (for example 9/64ths of an inch) it could be very difficult to play. Similar to buzzing strings, high string height can be corrected by lowering the saddle height, an adjustment of the neck, or a combination of the two. You may also want to check to see if your neck is separating from the body, especially if your guitar is an older model. The glue that binds the neck to the body breaks up over time. The same thing happens with acoustic guitar bridges. Separation from the neck or the bridge will raise the strings away from the fretboard. Both of these problems should be addressed immediately to prevent any harm to the player or the guitar. You don’t want the bridge to come flying up while you are playing!

Five Signs Your Guitar Needs a Setup (Part 2)

2. Your guitar constantly buzzes
This is a very common issue for guitars. When you press down on a fret of the guitar, usually the string only touches the fret in front of the one you are pressing on. Buzzing occurs when the string hits multiple frets and rattles against them. Usually the cause of this is because of low string height. Low string height can either be adjusted by raising the saddle height, an adjustment of the neck, or a combination of the two. Another reason why this may be is because of a manufacturer issue. If the neck is not set into the body of the guitar at just the right angle it can cause a “hump” around the 14th fret (depending on the guitar you have). This can create an incredibly noisy buzz around the 11th, 12th, and 13th fret. Environmental warping of the wood can also cause your strings to buzz depending on the severity of the warp. You can prevent this warping by simply leaving the guitar in your case when you’re not using it and keeping it in a place with controlled humidity (specifically 40 – 55%).

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Five Signs Your Guitar Needs a Setup (Part 1)

It’s that time of year again! The cold weather is rolling in, the snow is falling, and the humidity is dropping. For every guitar technician, winter is one of the busiest seasons because of the change that the weather brings onto guitars. Winter is a good time to get a setup for your guitar because it prevents any problems that the cold will bring and will correct any issues that have already started to occur.

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