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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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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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