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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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Guitar String Recycling

Musical instrument strings are not recycled through municipal recycling programs. That means that strings cannot be put in the recycling bin at the curb. As a result, it is estimated that more than 1.5 million lbs. of instrument string metal could be put into landfill every year.

Fortunately, TerraCycle and D’Addario have partnered to create a free recycling program for instrument strings and clippings. Guitar Repair Long Island is proud to participate in this great initiative.

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Fret Work: Level Crown and Polish

Before a proper setup can be performed on a guitar or bass, it is crucial that the instruments fretwork be in good shape. 

This is especially important for players that prefer the action set very low. A higher action may mask fret problems that become glaringly apparent once the string height is lowered. 

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What To Look For When Shopping For A Guitar Or Bass

There are many things to consider when looking for a guitar to buy. It is easy to get blinded by excitement and overlook problems that might be right in front of your eyes! After finding what is hopefully the model you want, in the right color, at a price you can afford, you will next want to be certain the guitar is healthy. We have put together the following checklist of some things to consider before making the purchase.

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Guitar Action Adjustment

The guitars “action” refers to the height of the strings in relation to the frets. If the action is too high, strings far away from the fretboard, the guitar can be difficult to play and may not intonate properly. If the action is too low, strings very close to the frets, the guitar may have an audible chattering or a muted buzz in certain positions as the strings vibrate against the frets. Depending on personal taste, guitarists strive to have their playing action fall somewhere in-between those two extremes. The “sweet spot” between these two extremes is as varied as the instrument and their owners.

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