I play guitar quite a bit.  I’ve been playing, off and on, since about 1972.  So I’ve picked up a few tricks here and there.  I also do a lot of my own guitar upgrades and repairs.

I play both acoustic and electric guitar.  My favorite acoustic guitar brands are Taylor and Alvarez, and I also own a couple of Vietnamese hand-made acoustic guitars which I picked up when I was in Vietnam.  My favorite electric guitar, hands down, is the Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster, with the LSR Roller Nut.  Amazing guitar.  I also have a Mexican Strat to which I’ve added several upgrades, including Fender Locking Tuners, LSR Roller Nut/remove the string tree, third-party block saddles (like on the American Deluxe) to replace the original stamped saddles, and Fender Locking Strap Buttons.  Both of my Strats are set up so that you can press the tremolo bar all the way down until the strings are hanging loose, then release it, and the guitar will still be in tune.  Both strats have the tremolo springs adjusted so that the back of the bridge rests on the body of the guitar.  This improves tuning stability and sustain.

From time to time, I’ll post a few things I’ve learned about guitars: both working on them, and playing them.  So, be sure to check back regularly for any updates!

Electric Guitar: G String Going Out of Tune

If you’ve played electric guitar for very long, you’ve run into this problem.  Tune up, using a chromatic tuner and harmonic tuning by touching each string lightly on the 12th fret while plucking.  Everything is spot-on.  Play a G chord.  Beautiful.  Then, play an E chord.  Suddenly the G (third) string sounds out of tune … Continue reading "Electric Guitar: G String Going Out of Tune"