Setup FAQ: Setting up for Dropped Tunings

Setup FAQ: Setting up for Dropped Tunings

If you play in dropped tunings or you detune your guitar, you'll probably want to give some thought to the instrument's setup. Do you set up for the dropped or standard tuning? What sort of setup adjustments should you worry about. What's the low-down? 

Get it? Low-down. Ha. Click through for more info and fewer jokes. 

Setup FAQ: Do I need a different setup for slide?

Setup FAQ: Do I need a different setup for slide?

You've got a guitar you don't play much and you reckon you might use it for a bit of bottleneck. Wondering if you need to do anything to set it up differently?

Well, you could just go at it and persevere through the clunks of slides of frets until you're Duane Allman. That's definitely valid. Most of us will find things a little easier if we make a couple of adjustments. 

SETUP FAQ: What exactly IS a guitar setup?

SETUP FAQ: What exactly IS a guitar setup?

If you hang around with guitarists or bassists, you’ll probably hear them talk about setups. “I got my guitar setup and it plays great.” “I think my bass needs a setup.” “I think I’ll do my own setup on this one.”

Setups, setups, setups. From the time you start playing and hanging out with other musicians, you’ll begin to *absorb* the ‘setup’ thing. It’ll become part of the world. 
 

I get a lot of questions on setup so this is the first in a series of Setup FAQ. 

 

Intonation Problems? Look To Your Frets!

Intonation Problems? Look To Your Frets!

From time to time I’ll have conversations with players about intonation issues. Often, they’re worried about weird tuning inconsistencies that have crept in to their guitar or bass. Maybe, they’ll even have done the 12th-fret intonation check and found that it seemed ok but the problems persisted. 

Here's why you should consider your frets…