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Electric Guitar String Ground

Potential sources of EMI are all around us: cell phones, radios, computers, and fluorescent lights are just a handful of common sources. To compound the issue, the human body is a natural antenna for electromagnetic interference.

To eliminate the EMI that a player inherently adds to the signal, a wire is attached in such a way as to connect the guitar strings to the instrument’s electronic ground. 

While the player touches the strings, this wire effectively cancels out the noise that a players body adds to the signal by giving it a path to ground. This crucial length of wire is known as the “String Ground Wire”.

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Mitchel’s PlateMate

The bridge plate is an integral part of the internal support structure of an acoustic guitar. As part of the bracing system, it helps to support the instrument top and resist the pulling force exerted upon the instrument by the strings.

Mitchel’s PlateMate is designed to protect your guitar’s bridge plate from damage caused by ball-end strings. It is made from solid brass and installs in minutes. Should the need arise, the plate can be removed almost as easily!

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Acoustic Guitar Bracing Repairs

In an acoustic guitar, bracing is the internal support structure that holds the instrument together. If the bracing becomes loose or damaged, it is important to repair it quickly to prevent warps and cracks and keep the instrument sounding its best.

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Taylor Guitars NT Neck Reset

Altering the guitar neck angle of a traditional neck assembly can require invasive surgery to remove the neck and reshape the joint. However, since the neck angle of a Taylor NT neck is created by spacers and requires no glue, adjustment simply requires a nut driver, an Allen key, and a new set of spacers.

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Making A Bone String Nut

The string nut is a vital part of any stringed instrument. It sets the spacing of the strings across the neck and holds them at the proper distance above the fingerboard. If the nut is not working correctly, a whole host of problems can occur.

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String Nuts

An instruments string nut, commonly called simply “the nut”, is a piece of hard material used to support and position the strings.

It is located at the end of the fingerboard, closest to the headstock. It marks one end of the vibrating length of the strings. (The saddle serves a similar function on the opposite end.)

In addition to supporting the string, the nut sets the spacing of the strings across the neck and typically holds them at the proper distance above the fingerboard.

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Taylor Expression System 2 Upgrade

The Taylor Expression System 2 (ES2) pickup design is the latest in Taylor’s ongoing innovation in acoustic guitar amplification. The heart of the Expression System 2 is Taylor’s patented behind-the-saddle pickup, which features three uniquely positioned and individually calibrated pickup sensors. The location of the sensors is designed with the intent of capturing more dynamic range vs other pickup types.

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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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