Electric guitar history

How did it all start

The first electrically amplified guitar was made by George Beauchamp in 1931 as a solution to one problem. Back in that era big jazz bands were popular and guitar players had a problem being heard among so many instruments. Especially playing their solo.

So the moment it was created it was widely adapted by various jazz players of the time.

It was a hollow body design guitar after which more designs were created. Especially in 1950's and 1960's as at that time guitar became the most important instrument in popular music.

Intonation issues on electric guitars

How to set the intonation correctly

Things you will need:

  • Change the strings as older strings might not intonate well.
  • Guitar tuner.
  • Small screwdriver or saddle adjustment tool that came with your guitar.

Once you are ready, have your tuner plugged in and turned on. Then slightly press the first string right above the 12th fret and pick the string. The sound coming out will be of high pitch but the intonation should be the same or as close to the string you just picked. If the note is sharp, move the saddle using your saddle tool away from the neck until you get the perfect tone. If the note was flat, use your tool to move the saddle towards the neck until the note is perfect.

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Repeat this process for all strings and your guitar will be tuned perfectly.

Electric guitar neck issues

Curvature of neck

As electric guitars are made from wood, over time due to the atmospheric elements and tension of strings the neck of a guitar might bend. It is easily noticeable that while you are playing at the middle of the neck you feel that the strings are a lot higher then while you are playing at the top or bottom of the neck.

Because of that almost every guitar has a thruss rod installed. Thruss rod is in fact a steel bar inside the neck that counters string tension and prevents neck from getting bent. There are two types of thruss rod you might have. One is single action which essentially means that you can adjust it to move the neck only opposite of string tension. The double action thruss rod gives you the ability to bend the neck in both ways. either opposite of string tension or in line with string tension.

In order to adjust the neck, all you need to do is turn the thruss rod with simple tool in the required direction. You can find the adjustment point usually under the covering plastic on top of the guitar neck, or as like in Fender you can see it right away as it doesn't have the plastic covering it.

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Guitar care

Maintaining your guitar

Here is a simple checklist on how to take care of your guitar:

  • If you do not use your guitar, keep it in a safe place like guitar case or guitar stand.
  • Change strings regularly to maintain the perfect tone .
  • Use microfiber cloth to clean your guitar for "out of the box" look using polish liquid and neck liquid.
  • Always dry the metal parts of the guitar in case your hands sweat to prevent rust.

Guitar pickups

How to change guitar pickups

Have you ever had an interest in guitar build and repair? Or just thought of upgrading your guitar pickups but worried it is too complicated? Here we will guide you and explain step by step on how to do it.

Before we begin please ensure that you are using the correct tools will help prevent you from damaging parts such as screws.

Tools you will need:

    • Soldering iron
    • Solder
    • Philips screwdriver
    • String winder
    • Wire cutters
    • Camera/Phone
 

Step 1 - Remove the strings (use string winder to speed things up).

Step 2 - Remove the screws from the back covering plate and remove the plate itself (place screws on a secure place so it won't get lost.

Step 3 - Remove the screws from the pickguard and place the screws in a secure place.

Step 4 - Lift the pickguard gently as there will still be wiring holding it, so turn it around gently.

Step 5 - Take pictures and mark the cables to ensure you will know later on where which cable goes. Here is the wiring diagram to give you further information on it.

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Step 6 - Use soldering Iron to "free" the wires that lead to pickups.

Step 7 - Use screwdriver to remove pickup screws and remove pickups completely from the pickguard.

Step 8 - Place new pickups to the pickguard and crew them on.

Step 9 - Checking your photos and above wiring diagram solder the wires into its place (cut the wires if too long using wire cutters).

Step 10 - Place the pickguard back carefully so that no wire gets damaged and crew it back to the guitar.

Step 11 - String the guitar with a little help of string winder.

Step 12 - Tune the guitar and be ready to be blasted away by the new sound.