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Buzz Killer In Action for Spot Leveling a High Fret

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

This is the Buzz Killer, by Rectify Master at www.rectifymaster.com.  Its basically an incredibly cool little tool that lets you knock down high frets without having to remove the strings from the guitar, and allows you to keep the correct neck relief since the strings are tuned up to pitch.   The unit will follow the slight curve of  a properly set up guitar neck by tightening the center thumb screw, which pulls both ends up just slightly, creating a curved bottom where the sandpaper is glued on.  The sandpaper can be in just the center or across the whole bottom of the “beam” depending on how many frets need to be knocked down.

I had seen this groovy device in the shop of Greg Bach from Buzz Feiten Tuning sometime last year.  I finally got around to ordering it online, and within a week of receiving it I had the perfect guitar come in to use the Buzz Killer.  The electric guitar in question was brand new, hot off the press, from a boutique manufacture.  It looked great, sounded good for the most part, and the owner really liked the guitar, BUT….the hi E and B strings would just completely fret out and turn to mush at the first fret.   This wasn’t just a little buzz, this was a complete deadening of the note.

The action was really, really low but the rest of the fretboard sounded fine.   The string nut checked out fine,  and the neck relief was good.  Only thing left to check were the fret heights.  That’s when I found that the second fret was MUCH higher than any of the other frets.  In fact the rest of the frets were nice and level.  In this case a full fret leveling would not only be overkill but also way more work and higher charge to the customer than necessary.

The Buzzer Killer was perfect for the task, slipping under the strings within a minute I had the offending fret leveled with its two neighbors and the guitar sounded awesome already.  I did loosen the strings and pull them aside to round and polish that fret, but the whole job took a lot less time that it would have otherwise, and I could sand only the fret necessary, not all its neighbors too.  Good for me and good for my customer. Buzz Killer

 

Strap Locks on the Cheap

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Saw these at a local music store a few months back, and grabbed a pair.  Basically they are a rubber washer that the guys said works really well as a budget strap lock on your guitar. Just keep your regular strap buttons on the guitar, put on the strap, and slip one of these babys over each strap button.  After trying it out for a few months I found they work like a charm, and they are about 50 cents each.  You cannot beat that, and I know most guitar players are incredibly cheap, like me.

What I also like about them besides saving $20 on strap locks, is that the strap locks I have tried all seem to have one or another slight annoyance about them. I have used the two most common brands, the Schaller and the Dunlop “solutions” for strap locks.  Don’t get me wrong, both of these have never failed to keep the strat on the guitar, so using that metric they are both great products.

I find the annoying things about both these conventional designs are:

-once you have them installed, the strap button/lock combination just sticks out really far from the guitar.  Just try leaning the guitar up against anything and its like the guitar is one on long stilt. Its all balanced on that lower button.

-Plus if you dont take the strap off your guitar, the Schaller at least will wear a hole straight through that gig back of yours.

-You can only use the straps that have the locks attached and cant also use those straps on another guitar in a quick pinch that may have standard strap buttons.

Anyway, I went to the local hardware store and couldnt find the exact size the music store had(1″ diameter x 5/16″ hole), but I did find the black one you see in the pick(3/4″ diameter x 5/16″ hole). The pink rubber one is also a bit thicker, so its really a tighter and more secure fit.  The smaller ones I picked up are not as secure but definitely keep the strap on the guitar.

So there you have it, incredibly inexpensive, easy to install, easy to change to other guitars, and effective way to add strap “locks” to any guitar in your arsenal, without any modifications.

Recent Visit to the Everly Music Laboratory

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

Had the chance to visit the facility that manufactures all the Cleartone Brand guitar strings recently, Everly Music right in North Hollywood, and see what they were cooking up in their evil product development lab.   As you may know, Cleartone strings are what we stock in the shop these days as standard.

One item that was of particular interest is a yet-to-be-released product called Phil’s Guitar Clay Detailer.  The idea is to use a similar process that they use on new car finishes which is a mulitstep process:  first lift minute particles off the surface with a clay bar product, and then do the final polishing.   I was told the idea is to not swirl those particles around during polishing and thus potentially actually scratching the surface instead of getting a mirror like finish.   The clay in this kit is formulated for guitars, it is a bit softer than the clay bar they use on cars.  They gave me this starter kit and asked me to try the product in our shop and give them some feedback. I have just the guitar for the job, an old Ibanez I have which I was upgrading the electronics on.  I’ll let you know what I think.

 

Some other items they shared with me, and that I will testing in the shop are some string sets beyond the standard electric and acoustic.  Everly now has a set of treated classical strings, the Sevilla brand in both std. and heavy tension,  bass strings, and also their Red series in both six and twelve string acoustic sets.  The Red series is a new copper/bronze blend that gives the strings this reddish tint. I have a set on my slide guitar, gives it a little warmer sound.  I like it so far.  Would be great to hear on a twelve string guitar.

If you are interested in trying any of these string sets bring your guitar in for a setup and we can choose which strings may fit your playing and tonal preference.