Perhaps your guitar was playing great when you brought it home from the store, and gradually you noticed that it just didn't feel right anymore. Or, maybe it just never felt right from day one, whatever the case, you know it's time for a tune-up (pun intended). I can usually tell when my guitar needs a bit of tweaking, it starts to feel tedious and tiring to play, albeit in a very subtle way. This page is intended to help you do the basic tasks yourself. I've brought my guitar to lots of techs before for basic setup tasks, and for the most part, none of them ever seemed to get it right. It was always difficult to talk to the person who was actually doing the work, since a lot of places just farm it out to outside sources. What I consider the basic tasks are:
By no means is this an all encompassing list, but it's a good start for the minor tasks that you can accomplish yourself. If you've never done it, I recommend that you first bring your guitar to an experienced luthier, and have him check and repair the following items as needed. Even if it's a brand new guitar, you'd be amazed at the difference these items can make:
Sounds expensive eh? The usual cost for a full guitar setup - regulating the nut, adjusting the truss rod, and setting the action and intonation shouldn't run you over $35.00. For the fret leveling, crowning, and polishing, my luthier charges a flat rate of $75. Re-gluing the loose frets will probably run you another $30 or so flat rate. This should be a one time expense, thereafter, you can do the tweaking yourself and get the guitar playing exactly the way you like it.
Being that I'm primarily an electric guitar player, this page really deals with working on electric guitars, not acoustic. I also don't address the issues with setting up tremolo systems, especially Kahler or Floyd Rose types. I am not responsible for any problems you introduce by working on your own instrument. This is merely intended as a guide to help point you in the right direction. If you don't agree with that, then STOP here! I am by no means a professional at doing this type of work, however I do keep my guitars playing the way I like them to play, and save myself a lot of time and money by doing the type of work outlined below. Any adjustments you make to your instrument, you do at your own risk. These are tried and true techniques that have been in use for many years. With care and caution, you should find this information helpful in assessing and setting up your own instrument.
If you live in the Central MA area and are interested in having your guitar setup or taking guitar lessons, please contact me.
The good news is that you need very few tools to do the work yourself. Stewart MacDonalds is a great source for quality tools. To get started, here's what you should have:
First thing you need to do is to put on a set of new strings in the gauge of choice. It's important to start with a fresh set of strings to insure proper intonation of your instrument. If you change the gauge of strings in the future, you will need to redo the setup on your guitar to accommodate the new strings. Where appropriate, I've tried to include the factory recommended values, as well as any specific information that differs in the way they recommend their guitars are setup.
Tip: Always work in a clean, uncluttered area. Be especially cautious, if you drop a tool onto your nice flametop guitar, you will damage the finish. Don't have any items on shelves nearby that can fall and land on your guitar. Always place your guitar on a soft workarea such as a folded up towel or blanket to prevent scratches etc. I can't stress this enough, one wrong move, and you've marred your perfect finish - pay attention to what you're doing. If you bring your guitar into a dealer or a luthier for a setup, always do a once over with the store or person to make sure that they know there's no dings on the guitar, or at least what the current condition is. That way, if you get the guitar back and there's damage, you can argue the fact credibly. I have a friend who brought his Les Paul to a reputable luthier, and when he picked it up, there was a large damaged area on the back of the guitar that wasn't there when he brought it in. The luthier ended up repairing the damage, though he couldn't remember doing it himself. Accidents happen, and you need to point out the condition of your guitar so that you can come to terms should any damage occur.
For the most part, I've only dealt with Gibson and Fender guitar specifics, however, the basic tasks are common to most guitars with slight variances as to how or where a specific measurement is made. Here's some pointers to other manufacturer's setup guides for their instruments.
You need to have a small bit of relief or clearance in the middle of the fingerboard so that a vibrating string has ample clearance to vibrate freely and naturally. This is achieved by adjusting the truss rod. Most manufacturers will ship a truss rod wrench with the guitar. At any rate, you need to find the correct wrench for your guitar. Gibson guitars commonly use a 5/16 wrench, while Fender's typically use a 3/16 or 3/32 allen head wrench. The directions below apply to guitars with the truss rod adjustment located in the headstock only. Some guitars have the truss rod adjustment located at the end of the fretboard near the pickups. Since I've never done this type of adjustment, I can't give you the details, though the mechanics should be basically the same.
Don't ever force the truss rod if it doesn't move freely, this will most likely only result in damage to your instrument. If the truss rod doesn't move freely, bring it in to an experienced repair-person and have it checked out.
Tip: To quickly check whether the truss rod needs adjustment, hold the low E string down at the 1st and 13th frets, then tap the string down at the 6th fret. You should hear a light click as you do this from the string hitting the frets. If you don't hear it, the neck needs more relief. If it's extremely pronounced, then you probably have too much relief.
If there's a plate covering the truss rod, remove it to expose the truss rod. The following is a rough guide for setting the action:
Style of playing
Type of action desired
Relief in inches
Rock & Roll
Medium - Low
Medium - Low
Medium - Low
Medium - Low
Medium - Low
In general, this measurement is taken by measuring the distance between the bottom of the string and the top of the 6th fret while holding the string down at the 12th fret and the first fret. This is where the capo comes in handy - put it on the first fret so your hand is free to take the measurement. Using a feeler gauge of the desired height, in this example, 0.010, hold the low E string down at the 12th fret (with the capo on the first fret), and measure the distance between the top of the 6th fret and the bottom of the low E string. If the distance is greater than the desired relief, then you need to turn the truss rod clockwise (towards your right) as you're looking down the headstock towards the body of the guitar. If the distance is less than the desired amount, then you need to turn the truss rod counter-clockwise (towards your left) as you're looking down the headstock towards the body of the guitar. The basic rule is:
When making truss rod adjustments, always work in small increments,
never more than an 1/8th of a turn. If you really have
to force the truss rod, or it feels like it won't move, stop immediately and
bring it to an experienced repair-person -you may have other problems that need
to be resolved. Finally, always check the relief while holding the guitar in
playing position. Otherwise, the neck can flex from the weight of the body if
it's improperly supported. It's common for the truss rod to take a while to
have it's full effect on the
neck, so make sure you periodically revisit the relief to insure it's still
accurate during the remainder of the setup process. Paul Reed Smith guitars use
a double-acting truss rod in post 1992 production guitars. As stated on their
web site: "PRS switched over to the double acting truss rod about
halfway through the 1992 production year. To determine whether your guitar has
this system simply examine the adjusting nut. The single acting rods used a
brass adjusting nut threaded onto a steel rod. The double acting rods use a
steel nut fused to a steel rod. The double acting truss rod achieves twice the
amount of adjustment as the single acting rod with the same amount of movement
of the adjusting nut. Do not over-adjust!"
Tip: You might want to consider doing this adjustment, and then allowing the guitar to sit overnight and adapt to the change. Then check the next day and make final tweaks before continuing on with the rest of the adjustments. It's also a good idea to check the truss rod adjustment several times during the setup, especially if you dramatically raise the height of the strings at the bridge, just to make sure it's correct.
Other thoughts: There are alternate methods for adjusting the truss rod/neck relief. For example, PRS recommends fretting the 1st fret and the last fret, then making the measurement from the top of the 8th fret. For most guitars, the truss rod really affects the area from the 1st to the 13th fret which is why the measurement is commonly made using the 1st & 12th fret. Try the different methods and see which one works best for you. Personally, I rather like the way PRS recommends doing it, and often, I'll use their method to get the neck close to the desired adjustment. It's something that you'll eventually get a feel for when your relief is set correctly, and you won't have to measure, you'll just know by the way the guitar plays.
Specifics for Gibson Guitars
Here's the actual answer I received from Gibson regarding the truss rod
"We don't actually have any published specs for this. It actually is whatever setting works best for the guitar to create minimal buzz and good action." From my own experience, I've found that .010 is a good starting point on my Gibsons. I use .011 - .052 strings on all of my guitars.
Fender recommends that you place a capo on at the first fret, and hold down the string at the last fret, then measure the distance between the top of the 8th fret and the bottom of the sixth string.
Relief (at 8th fret)
9.5" to 12"
15" to 17"
* For PRS guitars, visit their website.
This measurement is taken from the top of the 12th fret, to the bottom of the string, generally with a small metal ruler. As a starting point, the following heights are factory recommendations:
Specifics for Gibson Guitars - measurement is made at the 12th fret.
Height - Bass side
Height - Treble side
Height - Bass side
Height - Treble Side
9.5" to 12"
15" to 17"
The height of the string is generally adjusted by turning small allen head screws in the individual string saddles, or by adjusting the treble and bass side of the bridge.A 64th of an inch seems like a small amount, but when you're talking overall string heights of 3/64 to 5/64, a 64th is a significant change! In general, the rule is that as you go from the high to low strings, there should be a gradual increase in height. If you have a fairly radiused fretboard, your strings should follow the radius of the fretboard. If your string height is seriously out of whack, then start by adjusting the thumbwheels on the bridge if you have a Gibson Tune-A-Matic style bridge, to bring it within the ballpark. Then make the fine adjustments using the individual string saddles. If it's pretty close to begin with, you should be able to make all the adjustments by just tweaking the string saddles. Turning the screws clockwise will raise the saddle, counter-clockwise will lower it.
Note: If you have any high frets, or problems with your fretboard, you may not be able to achieve the optimum specifications without first having the problem resolved properly.
After adjusting the action and string height, it's a good idea to adjust the height of the pickups. If the pickups are too close to the strings, the magnetic field can affect the intonation, especially with single coil pickups, as well as cause undesirable distortion. In addition, a pickup that's too close to the strings can kill your sustain since the strong magnetic field will cause the string to stop vibrating prematurely. Always check the height of the pickup while fretting the string at the highest (last) fret. Measure from the top of the pickup to the bottom of the string. You can also use the pickup height adjustment to balance the the volume and tone of your pickups. For example, if there's too much bottom end, you can lower the bass side of the pickup a bit more to lessen the low end. If you have too much treble, you can lower the treble side, you need to experiment to find the perfect setting. If you set both pickups to the exact same height, the neck pickup will almost always be louder than the bridge pickup. You can balance this by setting the neck pickup a little lower than the bridge pickup. Also, when you have both pickups selected simultaneously, you can adjust the tone by changing the heights of the two pickups so that the mix is more balanced. What it really comes down to is personal preference in tone and output. The specs put forth by the manufacturers are merely starting points to depart from, they're not ironclad settings. If you have humbucking pickups with adjustable pole pieces as well - six adjustable screws on top of the pickup, then you can make fine adjustments for individual strings by tweaking the corresponding screw for a given string. This is a good way to balance out individual string volumes. You should start with all pole pieces screwed down flat against the pickup, and make necessary adjustments from there.
If you are working on single coil pickups, you need to keep the heights lower than humbuckers because the magnets are typically much stronger. Prior to beginning a setup, make sure that the pickups are not too close to the strings, or you'll get misleading string buzzes, and intonation problems. The magnets influence is much stronger on the bass side of the pickup due to the mass of the bass strings, so in general, the bass side of the pickup should be lower than the treble side. It will take some experimentation to arrive at the perfect balance of tone and volume, while still maintaining accurate intonation. Remember, the strong magnets used in single coil pickups can cause sharp intonation if they are positioned too close to the strings.
After you make adjustments, check the tone of your guitar each time, and keep fine tuning it. It may take a while before you arrive at the perfect mix for your preference, but it is achievable. If you get a harsh type of distortion from your guitar, try lowering the pickups a bit to yield a creamier, more natural type of distortion. The key here is to experiment.
Specifics for Gibson Guitars
3/32" on bass and treble side
1/16" on bass and treble side
As close as desired, allowing for string vibration
If you have an adjustable bridge, the final step is to adjust the intonation. Intonation refers to whether or not a note plays sharp or flat from it's intended sound. When you depress a string, you actually stretch it a bit beyond it's unfretted position. This generates a slight sharpness in pitch which is compensated for by adding a slight excess of string length. To check intonation on a given string:
The adjustment is really dependent upon your skill, and the accuracy of your
ear in determining the pitch between the two notes. Always make the adjustment
to the saddle in small increments so you can fine tune the intonation. If
you're unable to get the intonation accurate, bring it into a qualified
repair-person to determine if you have other problems.
Note: You can also use an accurate tuner to set your intonation rather than doing so by ear. This will typically yield more accurate results. It's best to use a tuner with an analog style needle display, or a strobe tuner which are highly accurate. Thanks to J. Grant Boling for this helpful hint.
One problem I've seen a number of times is where a guitars intonation is set properly, but notes fretted between the 1st and 5th fret sound sharp regardless. This is almost always due to the fact that the nut slots are cut too high. The additional distance required to push the string to the fret is causing the note to be sharp. Bring the guitar in and have the nut regulated properly to resolve this problem.
Here's a cool method I read about in Hideo Kamimoto's book Electric Guitar Setups. You need to have a digital or analog multimeter so that you can measure the resistance as described. You want to have a pair of test leads with a clip built into the end. Also, a capo is handy for holding the strings down in the position where you're getting the buzz.
If you are getting buzzing, it could be due to a high fret, and it's possible that just tweaking the bridge saddle for that particular string may be enough to solve the problem. If not, you may want to bring it to a reputable luthier or repair shop and have it investigated further. Here's a couple of excellent links to help you diagnose fret buzzes:
Conditioning The Fretboard
Check out the tips page for a method of conditioning your fretboard.
Hot - Here's a product
that I've been using for some time now, and it's absolutely the best
fingerboard treatment I've found on the market. I have absolutely no
affiliation with the company, I just love the product, and since it's very
difficult to find, I've decided to spread the word. The product is Gerlitz GUITAR HONEY.
I haven't found any other product that will remove grime and condition the fingerboard as nicely as GUITAR HONEY. Here's the description from the back of the bottle:
"In my search for the ultimate instrument fingerboard treatment I've discovered a unique blend of exotic oils which, when applied to your instrument's (rosewood, ebony, etc) fingerboard, will enhance the wood's natural character giving it a smooth silky feel, and a lustrous glowing sheen, while protecting against water, sweat, alchohol, and grime in general ... (a benefit towards longer lasting string life as well). GUITAR HONEY is also highly effective in removing resin from violins and other string instruments . Sticky residue & grime from decals, stickers, etc is easily removed with GUITAR HONEY without harm to the instruments finish. REPAIR SHOP PROVEN. The results obtainable with GUITAR HONEY are superior to any other fingerboard oil or treatment available. After several years of research and exclusive use in my repair and custom shop, I've made GUITAR HONEY available to you. I can't think of a sweeter way to treat your fingerboard. ENJOY!"
It comes in a small plastic bottle with a spray applicator containing 2
fluid ounces. Expect to pay about $6.00 or so for a bottle, however a bottle
will last a long time. I only know of one shop in my area that sells it, and
it's even difficult to find on the web. Here's where I buy mine, you can call
them and ask them to ship it to you.
To order Guitar Honey, or Gerlitz Number 1 polish, visit their website. Both are top notch products!
Gerlitz has a new addition to their product line called Smudge Off. This is an excellent product for keeping your guitar free of grime and fingerprints. It sprays on and wipes off easily leaving a beautiful luster on your guitar. The ease of application makes this product a pleasure to use. Check it out here. Highly recommended.
For further information regarding the setup of your instrument, please visit
the following websites:
Gibson Musical Instruments
Fender ( also checkout Mr GearHead for more information on Fender, Squiers, DeArmond. )
Paul Reed Smith
For further information, I highly recommend the book Electric Guitar Setups, written by Hideo Kamimoto. This book is available through Stewart MacDonald's, along with several other excellent books regarding this subject matter.
If you have a Floyd Rose tremolo, you might find the following sites helpful in setting it up. I've never owned a guitar with a Floyd Rose, so I can't offer much insight into the setup process, but hopefully the information in these pages will be helpful to you:
If you find any invalid, or outdated links, please send me a note and let me know so I can correct it.
A Guide to Jazz Guitar - jazz guitar lessons, tabs, chords, licks, transcriptions, mp3s and more.
Beginner Guitar Lessons - Guitar Scale UK guitar player basics
Bob Russell's Guitar Page - Excellent site, some really useful lessons from an excellent player.
Chord Inversion - Enter a chord and see all of the inversions of that chord - cool tool!
Dave Keller - Located in Wichita Kansas, lessons available.
Free Guitar Lessons - Free Guitar Lessons at Crazy Dave's Mad Guitar Licks
Guitar lessons at Free Music Study
Guitar Noise - The online guitar college, free lessons
Jamorama.com - Learn How to Play Guitar | Free Guitar Lessons Signup
Jazz Guitar Instruction - Several links to jazz guitar instruction websites
Jody Fisher - Some excellent instructional material here, check it out.
Learn Guitar - Lots of different programs available
Learn How To Play Guitar Online - Learn how to play guitar with many free online guitar lessons
Learn to play lead guitar - Guitar player articles and resources
Marc Sabatella's Jazz Primer - Excellent subject matter for the aspiring jazz musician.
Mr Goodchord - Mick Goodrick's site.
Music Made Easy - Crash course in basics of reading music.
MusicTheory.net - Excellent site. Lessons, trainers and helpful utilities. Nicely organized, a must visit.
Online Guitar Course Reviews - Best guitar courses & lessons online reviewed
Ralph Patt's Jazzpage
TabGuitarLessons.com - free guitar downloads and more. Check it out.
Teach Guitar - How to make a living teaching guitar. Advice, resources.
Vision Music - Online lessons, some good jam tracks, but you must now pay a fee to be able to play most of them.
Online Resources/Miscellaneous Music Links
Australian Luthiers Supplies - Materials for guitar builders
Aurora Guitar Strings
Big City String - Another site dealing with strings.
Booking College Shows - Entertainment agency representing hip hop artists. A full service corporate booking entertainment agency, concert promotions, and music.
Chris Sterbenz - Audio Director for Sticks Of Thunder
Chris Elmore's Guitartips - Lots of playing tips for new learners. Subscription required.
Collect Guitars - When one isn't enough
DTS Technical Service - Top notch amp/electronics repair - amps, effects, keyboards etc. Located in Northampton MA.
Eclectic Earwig Reviews - Music Reviews
Franklin Guitar Straps - The soft strap
Frets.com - An excellent complement to this site! There's lots of great troubleshooting/how-to information here.
Guitars Etc. - Excellent product selection and great to do business with.
Guitar Nuts - lots of interesting articles on gear, wiring etc.
Guitar Specialist - Luthier in NY state. Excellent site with lots of interesting photos of different projects.
Harmony Central - Excellent source for reviews of guitars, amps, effects, as well as a wealth of information on other instruments.
Howard Roberts - My favorite guitarist. Mike Evans has created a great website devoted to Howard, check it out!
Musical Ads - The musicians classified ad site
Musical Instrument Makers Forum - Good resource if you're interested in building your own guitar.
Public Domain Music - A listing of music that has been granted public domain status.
Red Hot Jazz - A history of jazz before 1930
Roadies.com - Roadie profiles and resources, music industry tour personnel source.
Stu Box - check it out, some interesting stuff like the Stomp Box or Box Guitar
The Coolest Jazz Guitar Stuff
Vintage Guitar Online - Lots of great resources and links at this site.
Wegen's Guitar Picks - not your father's pick.
WhatStrings - The guitar string resource.
Acoustic Image - Home of the Contra, Clarus, Corus amps.
Alessandro High End Products - Looking for a $1999.95 twenty foot guitar cable? You can get it here.
Allen Amps - Based on the Fender Blackface amps, has do-it-yourself kits very reasonably priced. Highly rated amps.
Avatar Speakers - very reasonably priced high quality speaker cabinets.
Bad Cat - Designed by Mark Sampson, the original founder of Matchless.
Brown Note Amplifiers
Budda Amplifiers - handcrafted amplifiers
Carr Amplifiers - Fender based handbuilt amps
Clark Amplification - handbuilt amplifiers
Divided by 13 - Superb handcrafted amplifiers - the Sonic Difference - these amps rock!
Egnater Amps - modular amp.
Electrosonic Amplifiers - Custom built tube guitar amplifiers.
Evans Custom Amplifiers - Top-notch solid state amplifiers for jazz guitarists. Nice folks who really care about their customers.
Fargen Amplification - Hand crafted tube guitar amps
Fuchs Audio Technology - Handbuilt amplifiers
Gerhart Amps - "Just plug it in and play"
Guytron Amps - handbuilt amplifiers
Hammond Manufacturing - Transformers and chokes
Hatcher Amps - handbuit amplifiers, parts
Hughes & Kettner
Kendrick Amplifiers - Handbuilt amps
Leonardo Custom Cabinets - Very popular in the jazz community.
Little Lanilei Amplifiers by Songworks - Ultracool portable tube amplifiers, check em out.
Louis Electric Amplifiers
Mack Amplification - Virtuoso tone without the prima donna price
Matchless Amplifiers - The legendary benchmark for boutique amps.
Mercury Magnetics Transformer Upgrades
Mesa Boogie Amplifiers
PWE Amplification - Painting With Electrons
Penn Instrument Company - Handcrafted tube amplifiers.
Pocket Rockit - Headphone amp
Port City Amplification
Quidley Amps - Designed to be dimed
Raezer's Edge - Beautiful, high quality speaker cabinets.
Red Iron Amplifiers
Redstone Audio - Cabinets designed specifically for archtop guitars.
Sigmund Amplifiers and Guitars - Handmade amps and archtop guitars
Simple Amps Amplification
Skip Simmons Vintage Amp Repair - Expert repair and restoration of vintage tube guitar and harp amps and studio equipment
Swart Amplifier Company
Tone Tubby - Speaker Cabinets
Tony Bruno Amplifiers - Listen to the sound samples, guaranteed to make you drool. Great sounding amps.
TopHat - Hand crafted amplifiers
Ultimate Attenuator - Smooth taper high quality tube attenuation
Victoria Amps - Boutique handcrafted amps.
Also see the list of custom archtop manufacturers
Artinger Guitars - Custom made guitars
Blueberry Guitars - Made by artists for artists
Bolin Guitars - Nice, custom made and production instruments
Brian Moore Guitars - Excellent quality instruments
Bill Crook Custom Guitars
David Thomas McNaught Guitars
DBZ Guitars by Dean B. Zelinsky
Destroy All Guitars
EER Custom Guitars - Quality handmade guitars
Ernie Ball Music-Man
Fender Guitars - Home of the legendary Strat and Telecaster
Gary Kramer Guitars
Gibson Guitars - No explanation required.
Godin - New guitar concepts.
Guild Guitars - Some nice jazz bozes
Ibanez - guitars and accessories.
J. Backlund Designs
Larrivee - fine acoustic guitars.
Lightwave Systems - ElectroAcoustic guitar with optical pickup.
Exquisite craftsmanship and cutting-edge design. Our handmade guitars feature our revolutionary offset sound hole, innovative bracing, and our
state-of-the-art cantilevered neck.
Guitars - Very reasonably priced instruments
Mike Lull custom guitars
New Orleans Guitar Company
Nik Huber Guitars
Noll Guitars Ltd - Repair and custom shop, Cranston RI
North American Guitars Handcrafted custom guitars by Hal Hammer (see online artists)
Parker Guitars - High tech modern instruments.
Paul Reed Smith Guitars - The original flamed 10 top.
Rick Kelly Guitars
Ron Kirn Signature Guitars
Sadowsky Guitars - Custom made guitars.
Saint Blues Guitars
Santa Cruz Guitar Company - fine acoustic instruments.
Scott Walker Electric Guitars
Specimen - Custom guitars and amps, quite different, not the usual designs. Expensive.
Subway Guitars - Hmmm, interesting, different.
Tacoma Guitars - Usa made acoustic instruments.
Taylor - fine acoustic guitars
Voyage-Air - Travel guitars
Washburn Guitars - Includes Washburn, SoundTech, Randall, and Oscar Schmidt product lines as well.
Yamaha - guitars, accessories and more.
Zion Guitar Technology - quality built instruments.
Joe Barden Pickups
Bare Knuckle Pickups
Bill Lawrence Pickups
Jason Lollar Pickups
Lindy Fralin Pickups
Pickup The World - Polymer pickup technology & products
Q-Tuner - high-tech neodymium powered pickups for guitar and bass
Rio Grande Pickups
WB Handwound Pickups
Wolfetone Pickups - Wolfe MacLeod's custom wound pickups. Get the exact sound you're after.
Excellent selection of tubes and excellent service.
Acme Guitar Works - prewired pickup and control assemblies
Archtop.com - Some beautiful vintage archtop guitars for sale $$$$.
Allparts - Wide variety of parts
Ameritage Carrying Cases
Analog Man Effects Pedals
Barber Electronics - Boutique effects pedals, very high quality.
Big Bends Nut Sauce - Check it out, this is a lubricant for guitar nuts and bridges
Build Your Own Clone - DIY Guitar FX & Electronics
Carl Martin Effects
Cat's-Eye - High quality custom analog effects, excellent customer service
Custom Guitar Gear Effects
Doug's Plugs - These are custom made f-hole plugs for archtop style guitars to help prevent and minimize feedback.
Electro-Harmonix - Effects and tubes
Essential Sound - Power cables
Fine Guitar Consultants - They'll help you find your dream guitar $$$$
Fractal Audio Systems
Full Compass - Pro Audio, Video, AV, Lighting
Fulltone - Custom effects. Also a great source for schematics to rewire older wahwahs to true bypass, a nice mod.
Gbase - GuitarMall - largest guitar and vintage guitar inventory on the Internet.
Gruhn Vintage Guitars - Nice stuff.
Guitar Armoire - Stands
Guitar Book Shop - Lots of books, a great resource.
Guitar Hangar - Where all the Cool Guitars Hang Out
Hermida Audio - home of the Zendrive, great distortion box
Italia Guitar Straps - Handmade of fine leather in the USA
Just Strings - This is the online place to buy guitar strings. Huge selection, great prices, and excellent service.
Kangaroo Amp Covers - "the next best thing to having your own roadie" - very nice.
Keeley Effects Pedals
Lark Street Music - Vintage guitars
Legato Guitars - Specializes in jazz guitars. Always has interesting inventory. Service is supposed to be top notch.
Levy's Guitar Straps
Mandolin Brothers - Vintage guitars, appraisals.
Mighty Mite - The original replacement guitar parts company
ModTone Guitar Effects
MusicToyz - Online boutique music store - guitars, amps, pedals and more.
Neal's Music - Huntington Beach, CA
NeckUp - An interesting, ergonomic accessory that puts the guitar in the correct position when sitting down.
Pedalsnake - One cable carries it all
Pedaltrain Pedal Boards
Perris Leathers Guitar Straps
Premier Guitar Magazine - if you're going to subscribe to only one magazine, this is the one to get
Radial Tonebone - effects manufacturer.
Absolutely the best slides on the planet. Take your slide playing to the next level!
Music - Home of the Amazing Slow Downer transcription software
Sam Ash Music
Same Day Music
Seventh String - Home of Transcribe!, music transcription software.
Standback - Amplifier Stands
Stepmax Tremolo System -A revolutionary concept in guitar tremolos
Stetsbar - Manufacturer of the Stetsbar Pro II retrofit tremolo system
Stewart MacDonalds - Excellent source for parts, books, tools.
Sundazed Music - Reissues of original 60's albums
Sweetwater Music Instruments and Pro Audio
The Perfect Guitar
The Y Strap - An ergonomic guitar strap that alleviates a lot of the discomfort of standing with a guitar. Nice.
Uncle Lou's Classic Guitars - Vintage Guitar dealer. Nice inventory usually. $$$$
Virtuoso - Premium guitar polish and cleaner, great stuff!
Chuck Levin's Washington Music Center
Way Huge Electronics
WD Music Products - Wide variety of parts
Weber Vintage Speakers - Great source of replacement speakers for those old Fender amps.
Wichita Band - The absolute lowest prices I've found for Gibson instruments. Give Wichita Band a call and speak with Jon Ray. Great place!!
Willcutt Guitars - #1 PRS Dealer in the world
ZZYZX Snap Jack
Handcrafted Archtop Guitars
Andersen Stringed Instruments
Bruce Sexauer Handcrafted Archtops
Buscarino Handcrafted Archtops
Campellone Handcrafted Archtops
Comins Fine Handcrafted Archtops
Decava Guitars - Fine fretted instruments.
Elferink Archtop Guitars
Ellsberry Guitars - Handcrafted archtops by James Ellsberry
Gary Zimnicki Guitars
Hancock Archtop Guitars
Henry Verri Guitars
James Mapson Handcrafted Archtops
James R. Baker Archtop Guitars
John Monteleone Handcrafted Guitars
Kevin Pederson Custom Guitars
Kevin Roberts Handcrafted Guitars
Linda Manzer Handcrafted Archtops
Mark Lacey Guitars
Ted Megas Archtop Guitars
Tom Bills - Custom Guitars
Schaefer Handcrafted Archtops
Tom Ribbecke Guitars
Victor Baker Guitars
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32-20 - Blues
Amanda Carr - Talented vocalist with a wide range of styles.
Bob Russell - Excellent Jazz guitarist
Boston Slang Band
The Bridges After 5 - Vancouver's premium retro band, check it out.
Curt Sheller - some excellent information at his web site.
Christian Rover - Transcriptions, teaching materials, interviews, discographies, jazz guitar links, and more
Clay Moore - Jazz Guitarist
Dave Keller - Located in Wichita Kansas. Lessons available.
Dick Onstenk - Excellent jazz guitarist located in the Netherlands. Very tasteful player.
Doug Proper - Jazz Guitarist, owner of the Guitar Specialist
Eric Elias - Multi instrumentalist
Hal Galper - Jazz. Hal Galper shares his years of experience. Some excellent information at his site.
Hal Hammer Jr. Blues Guitarist - check it out.
Jack Grassel - Some great tips here as well.
Jack Zucker - Jazz guitarist.
Jay Tyer - Jazz guitarist.
Jeffrey McFarland-Johnson - Check out Jeffrey's mastery of the Cellektra and more.
Jimmy Bruno - Burning jazz in the Bruno tradition - modern traditional jazz.
Joe Finn - Jazz Guitarist
Joel Mabus - Excellent player and musician. Check him out if you like flat picking guitar.
Jody Fisher - Guitarist, author, and teacher
Joey Goldstein - Guitarist, Bandleader, Composer, Teacher
Kevin Van Sant - Jazz Guitarist, excellent player
Deformative.net - My daughter's web page, check it out!
Mark Kleinhaut - Jazz
Mark Mosley - Jazz & blues guitarist Mark Mosley
Musically Mr M - Some excellent music, lots of different styles. Check it out.
Orpheus Reborn - The contemporary incarnation of the legendary band Orpheus, interesting site with lots of history
Pete Downes Trio - Contemporary jazz with a European influence.
Rick Del Savio - NY based jazz guitarist. Excellent, tasteful player.
Stanley Jordan - The master of two handed tapping technique.
Steve Carter - Solo Jazz Guitarist
Steve Marchena - Electric And Classical guitarist
Ted Vieira - check out Ted's website for excellent online lessons and more.
Tim Berens - Great site
Viola - Eniko Magyar is increasingly recognized as the most promising young violist to have emerged from Hungary in recent years
Miscellaneous non-musical links
Dark Passage - Interesting stories of Urban Exploration
Dr Hot - huge assortment of hot sauces, bbq sauces and more.
Modern Ruins Photo Essays - Fascinating, gorgeous photo's by Shaun O'Boyle. Surreal, haunting.
Redbones BBQ - Another great spot here in Mass (Somerville). Also, check out Underbones as well. Great BBQ!
Shield's Up - An excellent resource that shows you how to secure your PC against attacks.
Thinks.Com - Their daily crossword and jigsaw puzzles make this one of my favorite daily stops.
Tweak3D - All kinds of tweaks for maximum performance
Stay tuned (pun intended), more links to come .
Contact Me: GuitarSetup@hotmail.com