How to set pickup pole-piece height

How to set pickup pole-piece height

The (possibly) weird, but (definitely) good method for adjusting your pickup pole screws… 

If you've got adjustable pole-pieces on your pickups you can balance the output of individual strings so that none is too loud or quiet as you play across them. That's a great advantage. 

Find out how to do it well. Check it out…

Free radius gauges and their many uses

Free radius gauges and their many uses

I thought it’d be useful to look at some of the other ways a radius gauge can be not just useful, but indispensable. 

Radius gauges should form part of the toolkit of any guitar setter-upper… Setupper… Setterer-upperer… Anyone wanting to work with guitars. 

Here's some of the ways to use radius gauges. 

How to install jacks, pots and switches in hollow guitars

How to install jacks, pots and switches in hollow guitars

If you've ever had to wire or replace components inside a hollow or semi-hollow guitar, you probably know what a pain it is. You have to fish all the wiring and components through the f-hole to work on them. Even worse, then you have to get them back. It's like building a ship in a bottle but there are some tricks to make things a little less annoying.

Saving vintage guitars with clever refret techniques

Saving vintage guitars with clever refret techniques

Correcting excessive relief or neck-bow is easy with an adjustable truss rod. What about those vintage guitars made before adjustable rods were fitted, though? Are those wonderful old instruments never to be played because there's too much bow in the neck?

No way. Find out how to use levelling and compression fretting to save these guitars. 

Vintage Refretting With Bar Frets

Vintage Refretting With Bar Frets

Getting vintage-nerdy with bar frets…

I only get a few bar fret jobs a year here. And, when I’m levelling them, I generally thank the fret gods for that fact. Bar frets are a bit different to modern frets but, if you’re playing, dealing, or repairing vintage instruments, you’ll likely come across them from time to time. 

So, let’s get to know them. 

Setup a Compound Radius Guitar

Setup a Compound Radius Guitar

While most guitars have a single radius along the length of the fingerboard, a compound radius instrument has a radius that gradually increases/flattens as you go further up the neck. 

Some players find these a godsend but they do require some different methods to set them up and to perform fretwork on them.