Tech Tip: Removing Frets

I use this tool, called a fret zapper, to remove frets. The guys at Gruhn Guitars showed me this when I was working there. It’s essentially a 150-watt soldering gun with the tip replaced with two separate pieces of copper. You simply hold the ends onto the fret and...

Tech Tip: Keep Your Wiring Tidy

Brian Nutter is an instructor at Guitar Craft Academy Nashville When wiring your guitar, be sure to keep it neat. Keep all of your leads short. To do this, I make a “cut list.” I pre-measure and cut all of my wire to each specific link. Then, once everything is...

Tech Tip: Winding a Pickup (Video)

Wondering how to hand-wind a pickup? Instructor Steven Mather demonstrates the process and explains the intricacies that affect the sound a pickup...

Tech Tip: Bar Frets

“Bar frets were used on CF Martin guitars made before 1934. Part of the function of this type of fret is to act as a wedge and stiffen the neck. The change to the modern “T” cross-section frets was accompanied by the addition of steel neck reinforcement. The first...