Friday 23rd June 2017,

Tech Tips

Aaron is the Guitar Technician at Modern Music. With over 8 years of experience, he regularly services both customer and shop guitars. Want to ask Aaron your own question? Get in touch via the contact form or message our Facebook page. He will do his best to answer the most frequently asked questions.

Guide: Easiest way to restring a guitar?

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My latest question asks: Hi Aaron, I always find it hard to restring my guitar. I never know how much string to cut off and it’s always left tangled and leaves my guitar with tuning problems. Can you show me some tips and tricks for the easiest way to restring [...]

November 4, 2014 Aaron Tech Tips

Advice: Electric Guitars

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An Electric Guitar should be checked, adjusted and set up prior to purchase. This should be done by the retailer and is one of the benefits of buying from a shop offering this service rather than privately. Basic points are the straightness of the neck, correct action (height of strings [...]

November 3, 2014 Aaron Tech Tips

Advice: Bass Guitars

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The same advice which applies to an Electric Guitar (See Electric Guitar Advice) is probably more important with a Bass. Due to a Bass Guitar having thicker strings which applies greater tension to the neck, this means a good set up and playability is crucial. The neck might have to [...]

November 3, 2014 Aaron Tech Tips

Advice: Acoustic Guitars

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The same advice which applies to an Electric and Bass Guitar (See Electric or Bass Guitar Advice) also applies to an Acoustic Guitar, but with much more emphasis on set up and playability. Acoustic guitars tend to have wider or fatter necks, if the strings are too high and the [...]

November 3, 2014 Aaron Tech Tips

Advice: Amplification

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Electric Guitar Amp Advice: There are many different types of lead amplification available. Amplifiers can be sold separately as a speaker cabinet and an Amplifier Head or as a combined unit called an Amp Combo. An Amp Combo is a combination of the Amplifier Power Head and any amount of [...]

November 3, 2014 Aaron Tech Tips

Advice: PA Systems

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In most small venues, the PA works as a sound reinforcement system, helping to boost the sound of the vocal and solo instruments. In larger venues, it may also be used to amplify all the back line sound including the drum kit and each individual drum. As a wide range [...]

November 3, 2014 Aaron Tech Tips

Advice: Effects Units

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Guitar effects processors are units that enhance the guitar signal and change the sound into hopefully something altogether better. Most musicians use some sort of enhancement effects these days in recording and live work. Some notable examples are The Police who commonly use the Flanger effect and Bryan Adam’s Chorus [...]

November 3, 2014 Aaron Tech Tips

Advice: Drums

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Here are some Top Tips by Dave who runs our Drum Department: Drums never sound the same behind the kit as they do in front of it. In an un-mic’ed situation if you over dampen your toms and bass drum they may not be heard. In choosing new crash cymbals [...]

November 3, 2014 Dave Tech Tips
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