Guitar Care

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Adjusting the Nut


How a guitar’s nut can be adjusted and what materials are available


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Acoustic Guitar Owner's Manual

Adjusting Your Action


How to raise or lower your guitar’s saddle to adjust the action.


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Truss Rod Adjustments


What you need to know about your guitar’s truss rod.


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Fingerboard Maintenance


How to clean and protect your guitar’s fingerboard.


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What’s a Setup?


Your guitar’s playability is adjustable. Here’s what’s involved in getting it set up to play its best. 


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How to Clean Your Guitar


Cleaning your guitar is the first step to regular maintenance. Here’s how to get rid of everyday smudges, fingerprints, and dirt. 


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Using Western Red Cedar as a Top Wood


Northern Ireland’s George Lowden relied heavily on cedar tops when developing his guitars’ signature sound in the ’70s. Learn more in today’s excerpt from the Acoustic Guitar Guide to Tonewoods.


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The Connection Between Sound and Construction


“The whole guitar is like a recipe,” says Bob Taylor. Find out what he meant in today’s excerpt from our Guide to Tonewoods.


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How to Clean Your Guitar

Cleaning Your Guitar's Fingerboard


Once a year, use extra-fine steel wool to give your guitar’s fingerboard a thorough clean. Learn the correct method in today’s excerpt from Acoustic Guitar Care and Maintenance.


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Guitar Bracing Basics


Bracing keeps the guitar from collapsing under string tension and shapes the guitar’s sound. Learn more about bracing in today’s excerpt from Understanding Your Guitar.


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Lucky 13: Thirteen Notable Guitars from 2013, Part 2


From big to small, from rare to sustainable woods, acoustic and acoustic-electric, and at every price point, here are 13 guitars worth revisiting at year’s end. 


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Lucky 13: Thirteen Notable Guitars from 2013, Part 1


From big to small, from rare to sustainable woods, acoustic and acoustic-electric, and at every price point, here are 13 guitars worth revisiting at year’s end. 


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Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013, Part 4


The 2013 edition of the Healdsburg Guitar Festival was one of the best in the 18-year history of the event. Acoustic Guitar editors roamed the exhibit hall to present you with video footage of many of the festival's luthiers discussing and demonstrating their guitars.


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Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013, Part 3


The 2013 edition of the Healdsburg Guitar Festival was one of the best in the 18-year history of the event. Acoustic Guitar editors roamed the exhibit hall to present you with video footage of many of the festival's luthiers discussing and demonstrating their guitars.


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Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013, Part 2


The 2013 edition of the Healdsburg Guitar Festival was one of the best in the 18-year history of the event. Acoustic Guitar editors roamed the exhibit hall to present you with video footage of many of the festival's luthiers discussing and demonstrating their guitars.


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Healdsburg Guitar Festival 2013


The 2013 edition of the Healdsburg Guitar Festival was one of the best in the 18-year history of the event. Acoustic Guitar editors roamed the exhibit hall to present you with video footage of many of the festival's luthiers discussing and demonstrating their guitars. 


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Custom Guitars


Whether the goal is to meet a specific musical need, provide a certain feel, or incorporate special appointments and designs, a custom-made guitar can be the ultimate way to get an instrument that is a perfect match for an individual player. This week, we present seven custom guitars built by Jeff Bamburg, Laurent Brondel, Michael Lewis, Tom Ribbecke, Bruce Sexauer, Gerald Sheppard, and John Walker. 


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Acoustic-Electric Hybrid Nylon-Strings


In this feature, we review seven acoustic-electric nylon-string guitars from Alhambra, Córdoba, Godin, Hill, Martin, Takamine, and Taylor. These "hybrid" guitars are designed for players who are looking for classical sounds and steel-string guitar playability.


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Seven Great Orchestra Model Guitars


Featuring 000-size bodies and long scales, orchestra models (OMs) are extremely versatile and comfortable to play. We review seven instruments from Bourgeois, Breedlove, Collings, Huss and Dalton, Martin, Santa Cruz, and Takamine. 


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DIY Guitar Maintenance


Learn how to perform basic maintenance routines and minor repairs without having to take your guitar to a shop. 


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Acoustic Stage Rigs


Seven performing acoustic guitarists discuss the guitars, effects, and amplification setups they use onstage. 


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11 Affordable Small-Body Flattops


There are many reasons to play a smaller guitar. For many, small-body guitars are more comfortable to play than large guitars. And the compact sound, tonal balance, and quick response of smaller guitars makes them an appealing alternative to a big, booming dreadnought. In this feature, we’ll take a look at the inexpensive small-body market, with reviews of 11 steel-string flattops between $350 and $800.


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Classic Flattop Guitars


There's nothing quite like the sound of a well-made flattop guitar. Country pickers, singer-songwriters, and blues slide players have long reached for these instruments. Here's a look at some classic guitars made by some well-known companies (Guild, Takamine) and some talented but lesser-known luthiers over the years (Larry Sifel, the Larson Brothers).


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Acoustic Guitar Owner's Manual

Basic Guitar Maintenance


Want to learn the basics of guitar maintenance? This series of seven articles will introduce you to the basic things you can do to make sure your guitar looks and plays great.


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Performing Acoustic Music


Want to start performing or increase your performance skills? This series of 7 articles will help you learn how to use performance gear like PA systems and amplifiers, create your own personal gig rig, and put on a more compelling show.


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