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Neck Angle vs. Neck Relief


Exploring Guitar Neck Issues It is easy to get confused between neck relief and neck angle when looking down the edge of some guitar necks.  These are very different issues indeed, and unfortunately unqualified guitar “techs” get confused also and they can literally break your instrument by making improper adjustments. A mid-grade Taylor came through […]



We often get customers in the repair shop explaining their various forms of “tuning problems.” Surprising to most guitarists, this is rarely due to the tuning machines themselves. True, it is sometimes due to faulty tuners, and a set of high-quality tuning keys will enable better and more accurate tuning of your instrument. But “tuning […]

Proper Guitar Care & Humidity

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(Note: this is an excerpt from our Instrument Wellness page.) If you want your guitar to function at its best, always remember: Stability is the key.  A good case and a humidifier will help keep your instrument more stable.  When not being played, your guitar should be in its case with the humidifier, unless you […]

It’s Dry (again)


I just realized how dry it’s getting after checking on some plants and flowers I’m taking care of– and almost killing some of them!  It hasn’t rained in how many days?… and the high desert is dry again. So, just a reminder after all that beautiful rain and perfect guitar humidity for weeks and weeks… […]

FREE Workshop Announcement!


Are you interested in learning more about your instrument and what you should be doing to take better care of it?  We have a FREE workshop scheduled over at the Guitar Studio next weekend, the first Saturday of May. Join us at 11:00am on May 4th for this great info session and bring your instrument.  […]

Humidity Discussion


What happens to a guitar when it’s dried out? Here’s one example. Aside from cracks like the one shown here, the critical geometry is completely affected, making any setup adjustments extremely difficult. In addition to this, the entire structure of the instrument is under abnormal tension. There are many different pieces of wood glued together […]

Instrument Care

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Custom Sound has two talented luthiers to advise and assist you with repairs and information about the functioning of your instrument. Adam Frumhoff, the resident luthier, and Ryan Elewaut, owner and head luthier at Custom Sound are available throughout the week.  Feel free to schedule an appointment with either technician during our open hours.   […]