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Shop closed August 9-27 for Summer Break

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Valued customers, just a quick note that the shop will be closed for a couple weeks for a much needed summer vacation before its over.   we will try to respond to any emails and phone calls during that time, but it may not be in our usual timely manner.  thank you again!

Happy New Year, Welcome 2017!!

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday to end 2016, and usher in the new year. Looking forward to working with you on any of your guitar repair and upgrade needs. Also hope to see you at the upcoming NAMM winter show in Anaheim on the 19-22. I will definitely be getting there this year to check out all the new gear, meet old friends, hear good music, and soak in the vibe that comes with this great event.

Summit Rehearsal Studio Now Open in Pasadena!!

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

Great news everyone:  Summit Rehearsal Studios has now opened its doors!!  We finally have a professional rehearsal studio again with multiple rehearsal rooms of varying sizes depending on your needs.

It is located on 2016 Lincoln Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103 at the site of the old Pasadena rehearsal studios. It has been completely refurbished from top to bottom and is an impressive facility.  So if your band needs a convenient local place to practice or you even just need some space yourself check it out.

http://www.summitrehearsal.com/

The word is that they will also soon be opening up a professional class recording studio next door to the rehearsal rooms.

Let them know Maurice Adams Guitar Repair sent you.

Pasadena Free Summer Concert Series 2015

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

http://www.levittpavilionpasadena.org/

For a great series of summer concerts in the heart of Pasadena, check out this link for more information. Did I mention every show is FREE? This is a wonderful location to sit on a blanket and enjoy all types of eclectic music and is a very kid friendly space. Hope to see you there, and hope to see you in our shop sometime soon! Summer is just about here.

“Funky” DeArmond Wah Pedal Repair

Monday, March 30th, 2015

John from the band A Certain Groove,  called the other day asking if I could install a new potentiometer into his new Ebay purchase, a late 70’s DeArmond Weeper Wah pedal.  I had never seen one before but had him bring it over to see if we could handle the repair.  He had the new part and after inspecting the pedal it looked to be a fairly straightforward job.

Basically most wah pedals use a potentiometer that has a knurled gear on the end of the shaft that engages with a plastic toothed rack that is tied to the foot rocker.  When you are rocking back and forth with your foot in the funkiest of grooves, that rack is turning the potentiometer to allow for that variable opening of the mid and high frequencies.  Mix that in with some killer 16th note skankification and you are well on your way to Funk O’Delic Nirvana.  Eventually though that pot wears out after so much constant usage and/or dirt and corrosion getting into it.  Then you may start to hear a scratching sound when using the wah pedal, which is a major buzzkill.  Not to worry, just time to replace that potentiometer.  Just confirm the rating of the original pot, (usually 100k) and order one online from a trusted guitar parts supplier.

John’s groovy wah pedal came out great after installing the new pot.  The DeArmond has a really sweet tone and does not reach that super hi frequency point that so many crybaby style wah pedals do on the most forward sweep of the rocker.  Here is John in the shop after testing the unit out, and also a Youtube video demoing the pedal.

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If you get the chance check out his band at the following website for a gig near you.  www.acertaingroove.com

Great Banjo Upgrade: 5th string tuner

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

Customer brought a banjo in recently complaining that the 5th string tuner would just not stay in tune.  That string is the one which is shorter than the rest of the strings, starting at a higher fret and is usually tuned to a high G.  It really throws guitar players off because it is “lowest” on the neck but tuned the highest.  Does make for fun patterns when arpeggiating chords.

I don’t get too many banjos through the shop so I had visually inspect the instrument first to see what might be going on.  I found that the tuners on the banjo were friction tuners.  These are a cheap type of tuner used very often on banjos, and ukeleles. I do not recall seeing the on guitars.  This tuner in particular would just not hold the note at the high G and so as useless.

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Old friction tuner and puller tool that I used to remove it from its post.

After some quick research online I found what I was looking for, a retrofit 5th string tuner that was geared like a regular tuner.  Since the other four tuners were working fine, we decided to leave those and just replace the offending unit.  Here you can see the difference between the two tuners.

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New gear operated tuner on the right. Notice the install post is larger than the original

So once I had the correct replacement part, I removed the old tuner.   What was left was a hole in the side of the banjo which was too small to install the new tuner.  I had to use a specialty reamer with the end ground off to enlarge the hole enough to fit the new tuner into. This is the trickiest part of the repair:  make the new hole too large and the tuner will not stay in there.  You want a very tight fit but not so much that you may split the neck wood when installing.  Once I was where I needed to be, I also used some slow set wood glue in the hole to help bind the new tuner.  Another important consideration is to get the proper angle of the spring post so that the string has some fall away from the fretboard, but also does not end up rubbing against the tuner body and causing a different tuning issue.  20140510_092001

 

After letting the glue set for 24 hours, I strung up the banjo, checked the intonation, and tested the new tuner. Everything worked out perfectly and this budget banjo was better than when it was new.  Here you can see the happy customer with her new friend.  I highly recommend this upgrade for anyone who has a budget banjo and wants an inexpensive way to upgrade their playing enjoyment.  Who wants to keep tuning when you can be playing.

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Shop Closed for Spring Cleaning: May 16th-June 2nd

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Apologies but our repair shop will be closed for a few weeks as we do some remodeling and take some R&R during that time.  We hope you can wait until we are open again for your next guitar repair, and look forward to seeing you then.

Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Just a quick update. The shop will be open throughout the December Holidays, except the 24th and 25th. If you have any holiday guitar repair needs, give us a ring.

Learn to Restring Your Guitars: New Course Available!!!

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

As the ONLY guitar repair shop in Southern California to offer actual one-on-one workshops to teach how to do your own repairs including: setups and fret dressing, I’ve now added another basic level hands-on course on proper and efficient restringing.   Yea, it seems basic (and it is) but I am constantly amazed how many customers come in and they don’t really have this skill down yet.

I know from experience years ago when I started learning guitar that restringing was a dreaded time.  You either had to pay the music store an additional fee to take care of it and have them look at you pathetically for not knowing how to do it yourself, or sit in your bedroom for two hours and still mess it up.  Well honestly, EVERY guitar player should know how to restring their own guitars efficiently, correctly and without any teeth nashing.

This course will show you the basics of restringing either an acoustic, electric or classical guitar. You can also bring in two different style guitars if you wish to really make sure you have this skill down.

Call For More Details.

Shop Closed July 26th-August 1st

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Our shop will be closed the above listed days and will not be available to work on repairs, return phone calls, or answer emails.  Sorry for the inconvenience.