Wow, it feels like it was just yesterday that my neighborhood was alive with the sound of fireworks and people celebrating the new year. Here we are now… halfway through 2019 already. Sheesh!
I’ve done a mid-year review of my website’s stats, and see that 5 of my articles have risen to the top as the most popular for 2019. Since these 5 articles have attracted so many readers, I can only guess that they address topics and questions that are pretty important to a lot of guitarists out there.
So, I’ve listed them here for you, in the hopes that they’ll help you too… if you’ve not already read them.
5) Is Lemon Oil Safe for Guitar Fretboards?
There’s a lot of debate out there when it comes to using “lemon oil” as a cleaner/conditioner for guitar fretboards. Many guitarists and techs love it and have used it for years, and many others swear that it’s bad and may even cause damage. So which is it? Well, that all depends on what you mean when you say “lemon oil”, and that’s what I dive into in this article…
4) 8 Mistakes Guitar Players Make That Cause String Buzz
There are many reasons you might hear the telltale metallic rasp of your guitar strings buzzing against the frets when you play. However, string/fret buzz doesn’t necessarily mean the guitar is defective in some way. In fact, most times string buzz is just the normal byproduct of something(s) you are doing when you play…
3) Do Your Own Guitar Setups… With the Right Tools
If you want to do your own guitar setups, you’re going to need the right tools for the job. The good news is, for basic setups, the tools are pretty straightforward and you may even already own everything you need. However, there are also some more specialized and nice-to-have tools out there too that can make the job faster and easier (and safer for the guitar). In this post, I list everything from the bare-bones basics through to some really cool, advanced setup tools.
2) Why that ONE Guitar String Just Won’t Intonate
Every had just one guitar string that simply will NOT intonate properly, no matter how far you move the string saddle? In fact, you may have moved the saddle as far forward or backward as it’ll go, and the intonation still isn’t right. What the heck is going on here? In this post, I list every possible reason (that I can think of) that this could be happening, and what you can do about it.
1) Guitar Action – What’s a Good String Height?
And finally, my #1 most popular post of 2019, which has turned out to be a surprise to me. But in hindsight, I shouldn’t be surprised, because one of the most common questions I get… especially from new guitar owners and beginners… is “… what should my guitar’s string height be? What is considered ‘good action’ for my guitar?” Of course, the “right” string height is a matter of personal taste, playing style, etc. But, when you’re a total beginner, that’s not so clear yet, so in this post I not only show how to measure your action, but list some common measurements for low, medium, and high action.
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