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… Continue reading Watch this Classic Soldering Instructional Video

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… Continue reading How to Lower the Action on Your Acoustic Guitar

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… Continue reading Finished Guitar Necks

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… Continue reading Words of Wisdom

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… Continue reading How to Repair Switches on your Line 6 FBV Shortboard