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EBO Bass Bridge Whoas

The Gibson EBO, or “SG” bass as some call it, is one of my favorite vintage basses. I love old shots of Jack Bruce from Cream or Jim Lea from Slade (below) playing the bass.           … Continue reading

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“Brace Yourself” Guitar Repair with assistance from my iPhone

Old classic arch-tops are always coming into the shop here needing repair. Many of them have high action. Their bridges have been filed all the way down and yet they still have high action. This is a sure sign that the neck of … Continue reading

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Would’ve, Should’ve, Could’ve

When making a guitar, what wood should you use? No matter what you choose, someone will always  tell you that you should’ve used something else. If you decide to read up on the topic on the internet, everyone has an … Continue reading

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Frankenstrat’s Monster

Old Fender strats are all too often the victim of bad “customization”. Don’t get me wrong, I love Eddies Frankenstrat but he was a genius and the rest of us just aren’t (at least when it comes to altering old … Continue reading

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“Sit on it!”

Every once in a while someone brings in an acoustic instrument that somebody sat on. The latest one was an old  60′s Segova mandolin. Usually a neck breaks on an angle so that there is a decent amount of surface … Continue reading

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What’s under the hood?

The DiPinto Mach IV comes standard with a DiPinto double coil pickup in the bridge(actually two DiPinto single coil pickups wired in series) and one DiPinto single coil in the neck. The double coil has a nice big mid-range tone … Continue reading

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Don’t buy the mistakes of the past

Modern-retro guitars can be a thing of beauty but don’t just settle for an exact re-issue of an old guitar. Those old 50’s & 60’s guitars were cool looking but are often rife with design flaws. And many companies are … Continue reading

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Quick Neck Reset

I’ve spent the last 15 years of my life doing repairs for local Philly musicians. Many of those repairs were fixing old guitars that were worth less than the repairs needed to make them work. Once in a while a … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Open “A” String Buzz.

Pic 1 If you’ve ever strung up a Fender P or J bass you probably noticed that you need to snip the strings down before you load them into the tuning peg; that is if you happen to have a … Continue reading

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