Your body is a handle, man!

(mechanical drawing by Geoffrey C Benge) Changes in the weather bring on changes in guitars, this leads to much explanation on my part. ie. Customer: “Why does this happen to my guitar?” Geoff: “Because your guitar is a machine made of sponges!” seems unlikely, but very true. Necks are heavily effected by the weather, as […]

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Humidifying

Humidifying your guitar during the cold (dry) months is extremely important. If you don’t humidify your guitar it is likely to crack and warp in a variety of ways. Each year, I perform many expensive repairs on guitars that have been neglected and not humidified. Ideally, Guitars are built at around 50 percent humidity. Keeping […]

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Vintage or CRAPPY?

There is a lot of talk about vintage guitars. This is partly because everybody wants one and partly because vintage guitars often need much explanation. Unless you have been with a guitar every minute since it was built you can’t be sure of it’s history. People often make claims that a particular is all original […]

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Capo Versus Tuning

I have had the good fortune to accompany many great songwriters. I have, on occasion encountered the phenomenon I like to call Capo versus tuning. First, a little bit about tuning. When a guitar is in tune, unless a string slips or stretches, playing it cannot make it go flat. However, strings can be inadvertently […]

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