The Guitar Corner

The Guitar Corner

Making your guitar finally yours.

Is there anything worse than a guitar with tuning stability issues? That’s a quite annoying problem that is often seen as an instrinsic (and unwanted) characteristic of the instrument, a part of its nature: “it’s a beautiful sounding guitar but it doesn’t stay in tune”. Typically the issue is addressed with an extra investment in […]

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Hi and welcome to The Guitar Corner website. This is the first of a series of six posts that I will dedicate to each step of a basic setup and in each of those I will try to provide some basic information on the guitar components, their function and a quick glance about what a […]

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What it is: Although it might not look like, the overall tension that a set of strings generates is about 50 kg (depending on the gauge: can be much much more); therefore, a piece of wood relatively thin as a guitar neck wouldn’t stay even barely in place without twisting, bowing and bending under this […]

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What it is: The nut is one of the smallest and most overlooked component of a guitar but one of the most important as well. And it’s also where the “conservative approach” of a factory setup is evident. What it does: The nut is in charge of  giving our strings the right spacing and also […]

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What it is: Instead of having a fixed bridge, some guitars are equipped with a tremolo, an ingenious system to change the pitch of a note. There are few different models of tremolo, but the most famous are probably the Fender Strat Tremolo and the Floyd Rose system. How it works: Floyd Rose and Fender […]

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What it is: The string action is the distance between the bottom of a string and the top of a given fret (taken as a point of reference). Guitars are amazing because are fully customizable on this aspect: most electric guitars even have individually adjustable saddles for each string. Each player has a preference on […]

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What it is: Another fully adjustable parameter on an electric guitar is the distance/height of the pickups. Through the two screws on the sides, a pickup can be raised, lowered or inclinated. What it does: The distance of a pickup from the strings has a strong impact on the overall sound, on the balancement of […]

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What it is: The intonation of a guitar is the disposition of the note intervals along the fretboard. In other words, a guitar has a correct intonation when, once the open strings are in tune, also all the fretted notes along the fretboard are in tune.This adjustment can be made by moving backward or forward […]

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