wiring

Adjusting Action with a Takamine Integrated Pickup

Adjusting Action with a Takamine Integrated Pickup

Lowering the action on an acoustic guitar is generally a (relatively) straightforward task.

Unless, of course, your guitar has a Takamine-style ‘integrated pickup’. Then you need to regroup.

Get the low-down…

Acoustic Power: The magic of piezoelectricity

Acoustic Power: The magic of piezoelectricity

Electric guitar pickups turn string vibrations into electricity. So do the piezo pickups often used in acoustic. The only difference is the way they do it.

We’ll talk more about the properties and problems of different acoustic pickups over the next few weeks so, for now, a piezo primer…

Want some recommendations for choosing a pickup?

Want some recommendations for choosing a pickup?

Obviously, as someone who installs pickups regularly, I often get asked for some recommendations. Players are considering an upgrade or swap and will hit me up for some advice on the tone of this or that pickup, or whether a particular pickup will suit the style they're going for. You know the sort of thing. 

Click through and check out my advice…

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.

Electric Guitar String Ground

Electric Guitar String Ground

In an electric guitar or bass, it's usually necessary to 'ground' the strings. 

By this, I mean that all the strings should have a path to ground — a wire that connects them to a ground point inside the instrument. Usually that ground point will be the back of a pot or the sleeve of the output jack. 

When it's properly grounded, you can touch the strings of your guitar and you'll usually hear the background hiss reduce. Yay.

There’s a common misconception that by touching the strings you are grounding the guitar.

Quick Tip: Taylor Expression System AA Jack Removal

Quick Tip: Taylor Expression System AA Jack Removal

Another case of hidden screws. Because these are the sorts of things that slowed me up in the past, when I come across one (and when I remember to photograph it), I'll pass it on and hopefully help others in the future. 

The original Taylor Expression System used a pair of AA batteries. Usually, these are problem free but, sometimes, a battery can get stuck in its housing. Grrr.