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Taylor Expression System Parts and Service

The Taylor Guitars Expression System is a series of proprietary electronics designed from the ground up to maintain the unique sound and aesthetics of Taylor Guitars. The expression system is fully optimized for the Taylor sound and is unlike any other guitar pickup system.

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Acoustic Guitar Bridge Reglue

When strung to standard tuning, a set of light gauge acoustic guitar strings exerts about 160 lbs worth of tension across the instrument. Since the strings are attached to the bridge, this pulling force is partially transferred to it. Though guitars are designed to resist that force, if there is any weakness in the glue joint connecting the bridge to the top, it can fail.

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Vintage Acoustic Guitar Pickguard Replacement

Many acoustic guitars manufactured from the late 60’s through the mid 80’s utilize acetate or celluloid plastic pick guards glued directly on top of bare wood. An unfortunate concern with this technique is that, with age, the pick guards have begun to shrink and degrade. This is similar to another common affliction of vintage instruments: The breakdown of plastic tuner buttons. As many of these instruments have attained a degree of collectability far above the manufacturers wildest expectations, expert repair is often warranted to save these fine instruments.

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K&K Pure-Mini Acoustic Guitar Pickup

The Pure Pickup is K&K’s award-winning, signature pickup for acoustic guitars. Installed on the guitar’s bridge plate, the Pure Pickup is the the best choice for achieving a rich, natural guitar sound. Our customers tell us that it’s the best passive pickup on the market. Which means it’s the perfect plug-and-play solution for the musician who wants a warm, full-range signal.

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Relicing Guitars: Making New Look Old

Relicing is a term used to describe the various processes used to make new parts or instruments look old. Though it may sound simple, when done properly, the job is far more involved than simply throwing some dirt and scratches onto a piece and calling it a “relic”. At its best, it is a detailed simulation of the aging process by professionals who have studied and documented the aging of vintage guitars.

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Hipshot Rickenbacker Replacement Bridge for Bass

The Rickenbacker bass is a staple of rock music. They have an instantly recognizable look, with a unique feel and tone. These instruments have found a place in the hands of icons, such as Geddy Lee of Rush, Motorhead’s Lemmy, and even Sir Paul McCartney of the Beatles. However, there is always room for improvement.

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Kluson Revolution Tuning Machines

The Kluson Revolution Series of tuning machines is designed specifically to meet the needs of modern players who demand performance, reliability and appearance. These models are an easy retrofit to many vintage style tuners with no permanent modification required!

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Guitar Humidification

Our guitars and basses require a stable moisture content in order to remain healthy. The nature of their design is such that Acoustic guitars are especially vulnerable. Instruments are the most stable when maintained at between 40-50% relative humidity (RH). In many climates, this will take a bit of effort to achieve

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Fender Jazz Bass Mods and Upgrades

The Jazz Bass is an iconic Leo Fender design. The second of his ground breaking solid body basses, Since its introduction in 1960, this instrument has been fundamental in the development of players sounds in musical styles across the spectrum: funk, disco, Reggae, progressive rock, jazz fusion, etc. Below are a few ideas to help you put your own spin on this classic design.

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