String Theory: What Is Top Wrapping?

There’s a standard way of stringing a Les Paul or other stop tailpiece-equipped axe, and it works perfectly fine. And so it should! The darn things were designed to work that way! But there’s another method that some players swear by, often called ‘top wrapping.’

Down But Not Out: Drop-Tuning Like a Pro

For those few who may be unfamiliar, drop tuning is the practice of tuning the strings on a guitar to pitches that are lower on the scale than the traditional E Standard (E2, A2, D3, G3, B3, E4) guitar tuning. This term can refer to tuning all the strings of a guitar down the same…

How To Fix Your Guitar Like a Pro: Solving String Problems

WAIT. Put down that screwdriver. Put down that allen wrench. Quit fiddling with your tuners, and please do not throw your guitar out the window (or up on eBay). You aren’t going insane. We’ve all had frustrating moments with our guitars. I’m not talking about frustration from learning to play or being in a rut;…

Cage Match: Big Strings vs. Small Strings

In the wonderful guitar universe, it’s important not to criticize what size strings a man or woman uses. However, any guitarist that has spent just a small amount of time on internet forum and message boards has navigated the minefield of these types of threads. This article will explain the reasons why someone might choose…

The Seymour Duncan 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

By Martina Fasano Thanksgiving. Black Friday. The Macy’s Parade. All indicators that the holiday gift-giving season is upon us once again. Musicians have the reputation of being “quirky” individuals that non-musicians have difficulty buying for. I have no idea why this is the case, since I don’t know any guitar or bass players that would…

Preparing for Your First Gig

You’ve practiced for years. You’ve scoured thrift stores for the right wardrobe. You have a new set of strings, an amp that goes to 11, and you are ready to rock! There can’t be much more than that when preparing for your first gig, right? I mean, how hard can it be?

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

If you’ve overheard your special someone talking about a specific pickup set they’d like, or your spouse has left a print-out of one of the Seymour Duncan web pages with the words “I want this!” written all over it, please do yourself – and that special someone – a favor and get them a set of the best pickups around. For everyone else, here is the official Seymour Duncan Holiday Gift Guide.

Bass Strings: A Primer

To the beginner, a set of strings seems just like any old thing that can be thrown on your bass to make some awesome noise. As you get older and play out more, you start to notice some subtle differences in the various brands, and the different tonal options that are available to you with just a restringing. And then, you start to wonder about the difference between a roundwound and flatwound set of strings, and your mind is blown.

Guitar Tech Tasks You Can Easily Do

In many ways, guitars are like a 70s Chevy. Almost anything can be customized, and many of those things are done by the owner. This post will be a guide about maintenance and customisation tasks that any beginning guitarist should be able learn – and those that are best left to someone with a little…

Cage Match Bass Edition: Rounds vs. Flats

There is never a more polarizing thread that comes up in bass forums than the one that starts with “what is better?” and ends with “Rounds or Flats?” In this article we’re going to talk about the differences between roundwound and flatwound strings, the pros and cons between the two and then offer up a couple suggestions where either of them would fit the bill nicely.

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