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Quick Tip – Stop Strap Buttons from Coming Loose

If you’ve been playing your guitar for a while, or have a strap button hole that just was never drilled properly, you might have this happen every so often:

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Watch this Classic Soldering Instructional Video

I learned how to solder from guitarists writing tutorials online and in books. That is to say, I was given a 25% of the way overview that left me making a lot of mistakes and being generally frustrated. Embarrassed too! I just discovered that I never really knew about flux and why it matters. Had […]

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How to Lower the Action on Your Acoustic Guitar

A couple years ago, I bought a super cheap Ibanez acoustic.  I think it was on sale for $200, is actual wood all around and has a respectable Fishman preamp/pickup.  Of course, when you spend this little for a guitar, you cannot expect perfection.  It never played great, but it was certainly usable.  And it […]

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Finished Guitar Necks

On every guitar I’ve ever owned, the first order of business is to sand away any sort of finish on the back of the neck.  I can’t handle playing any other way.  Finished necks feel sticky, slow, sweaty, dare I say shitty (if nothing else, to keep the “s” train moving). I’ve heard some manufacturers […]

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Words of Wisdom

Most of us here on the Daft Paragon Ranch are still bleary eyed from tryptophan comas caused by a week of leftover turkey.  However, before we get back up to speed in 2014, I wanted to leave 2013 on a positive note.  Izzy1 Swan is a wood worker out of South Carolina who has a very […]

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How to Repair Switches on your Line 6 FBV Shortboard

In what seems to be a bit of poetic justice, my Line 6 FBV Shortboard stopped working.  I’d plug it in, it’d light up, but a couple of the bank selection buttons (the ones labeled A-B) stopped working.  And of course, warranty is up. After a bit of searching, I found this has happened to […]