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K&K Double Bass And Guitar Pickups…

Posted in MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS... on October 23, 2010 by Connor

The K&K "Bassmax"

We have carried and installed several different brands of pick-ups for the double bass in our shop.   We have not had spectacular success with any of them, but I’m sure there are brands that we have not tried also.  Our bass customers were needing a good sounding pick-up that hopefully didn’t cost an arm and leg, and I felt that we weren’t able to give  them the best there was out there.  We have been selling and installing the Fishman bass pickup. Not because it was great, but because none of the others were any better and I had always had good luck with their acoustic guitar pickups.  They were very reliable and it wasn’t too difficult to install, unlike some other brands that were a nightmare.  One day one of our customers asked us if we had tried the  K & K Bassmax double  bass pickup. We hadn’t, and were discouraged with the one we were using, so we ordered one just to try. Continue reading


Setting Intonation for Electric Guitars

Posted in MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS... on May 5, 2010 by Connor
Intonation need not be some mysterious act of your guitar tech. True, it does help to have a good strobe costing several hundred dollars but if you are touring and do not have access to a good technician, you can set the intonation quiet close using a good low-cost personal electronic tuner. It probably won’t be exact, but it may be better than what you have, or as Lemony Snicket might say, “or maybe not”, depending upon your skill and understanding of what to do. It usually helps to know what causes a problem when correcting it, so I’ll begin by explaining the cause, and then proceed with how to correct it. Continue reading

Re-stringing Guitars

Posted in MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS... on May 5, 2010 by Connor

Restringing a guitar is something all guitarist should strive to learn. New strings will nearly always make your guitar sound much better than old ones. The exception would be changing to a gauge or type unsuitable for your instrument. Putting classical nylon strings on a steel string guitar will not produce a suitable sound as the steel string guitar is braced internally much stronger than classical guitars. Doing the reverse will very likely damage the classical guitar as they are not designed to sustain the high tension of steel strings. If you are not sure of what strings you should use on your guitar, ask a sales rep at your local music store and be sure to inform him or her what type of guitar you have. The brand name of your guitar is not as important to the sales people as the type of instrument you have, type being classical, steel string acoustic, electric, folk, etc. Continue reading

Guitars and humidity

Posted in MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS... on May 5, 2010 by Connor

Humidity is normally not a problem with guitars, it’s the lack of humidity that’s the problem. If you have ever looked at an old piece of furniture or wood siding on a house and noticed a crack or split in the wood, it was not because the wood became too wet, it was most likely caused by the wood becoming too dry. Guitars, especially solid wood (not laminated) acoustic guitars are very sensitive to low moisture in the surrounding area of where it is kept. I will discuss how to detect low humidity problems in guitars, what causes it, and how to correct the problem in this article. Continue reading

How to make truss rod adustments on your guitar

Posted in MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS... on May 3, 2010 by Connor

Sometimes we string instrument techs take it for granted that all guitar players know how to make simple adjustments to their instruments. I am a believer in instructing players how to take care of their guitars and make simple adjustments when they are needed. This allows me more time in the shop for the major repairs that just shouldn’t be rushed, especially if I’m working on a valuable instrument. This is one of the main reasons for this article, to help people become more knowledgeable about their particular musical instrument and make those simple adjustments when needed. One of the easiest adjustments to make on most guitars is a truss rod adjustment. Continue reading