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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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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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