Instrument care & feeding, including stuff you might not have even thought to ask.
Guitar Care / Violin Care / Banjo Care
WHAT DOES A “SET-UP” MEAN?
“Set-up” refers to a number of adjustments that affect the playability of an instrument. It also affects the sound, of course. Instruments periodically need to be set up. Think of it like a tune-up on a car. Here’s a rundown on what’s involved with setting up a guitar. And here’s a description of what’s involved in setting up a violin.
STRAD LABEL VIOLINS
You found a Stradivarius violin? Here’s more about that violin you found …
If you’re shipping an instrument to us for repair or trade, you’ll want to know to to keep your instrument safe. Examples of how NOT to ship an instrument
BUYING YOUR FIRST GUITAR
Here’s an Isthmus article that recounts the story of someone purchasing their first real guitar.
Buying Your First Guitar
COMMON REPAIR QUESTIONS
Miscellaneous discussions on how instruments are built, repaired, evaluated or whatever.