Axe The Builder

Welcome to “Axe the Builder”, This channel is where you will find all kinds of cool DIY and building tips for your guitar and gear appetite.

Every month we will offer you a few new episodes and look forward to your feedback and suggestion on new episodes.

 

 

Previous articles from Axe The Builder in LoudGuitars Version 1

 

How to set your Floyd Rose-Axe the Builder

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In this episode of Axe the Builder, Mark Read shows you how to set up your Floyd Rose. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sE52H1cbb8

Finish This Off

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This month we’ll finish off the setup series. So now that you have completed all the pre setup, here is the simple eight step formula for completing the setup on your guitar or bass. If you have been following the series you have done most of this work already. This is just the final step…

Floyd Who?

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Last month we touched on some homemade ways to convert your Floyd Rose into a fixed tremolo. This month, as part of the set up series we will go over some basics on how to change strings and set up a Floyd Rose equipped Axe. Quick History Lesson Time: Floyd D Rose was a guitarist…

Back to the Set-Up

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So last month we finished part three of tremolo modifications and we’re all done with tremolos right!!!  Wrong! Funny thing, I was in a local music store this weekend and a guy was picking up his Dean “Dimebag Dime O Flame”.  The local tech had just modified the Floyd Rose on it, to convert it…

Vintage Tremolo Modifications Part 3

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Welcome back. Last month we finished up everything we needed to do at the ass end of the strings, this month we will complete everything we need to do at the neck and finish up the series on Vintage tremolo modifications. Nuts!!! The biggest problem with guitars coming off the assembly lines today is the…

Vintage Tremolo Modifications Part 2

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Hi, welcome back. Last month, we finished everything off that we need to do to the top plate. This month, we’ll continue the article on vintage tremolo modifications, and we’ll start with the string saddles, but before we get started I thought we would again go over a little history. (Boring right? Not really if…

Vintage Tremolo Modifications Part 1

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This month I thought I would get away from the set up series and do something different. Since the next step in the set up series will have you taking the strings off your Axe I thought I would tackle Strat style tremolos. I get a lot of requests from players asking what they can…

Factory Specs and Pre-Setup Part 2

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Hey welcome back Groovy Guys and Gals. In last month’s issue we went through a few Factory Specs, how to set your neck relief and how to adjust string height on your guitar or bass in order to get it back to the way it was when it left the factory. In this month’s issue…

Factory Specs

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What I consider as a guitar set up is probably different from what most local music store “experts” would give you. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of talented and skilled guitar guys out there, but as I have said before, they are not you and have their own way of setting up…

SETTING UP YOUR OWN AXE/BASS

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So why should you “A Guitar God in the making” learn the basics of setting up your own axe or bass? The pretty simple answer is that unless you are a touring pro (with unlimited money and your own guitar tech) you are the only one who knows what feels good in your left or…

Axe The Builder

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So I’m sitting here in my shop trying to come up with something witty to call my new series of monthly articles in Loudguitars. Something that would grab the reader’s attention, get him to spend more than a couple of minutes looking at the DIY page.   If you’re reading this month’s article right now, I…

Simple Stupid

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More and more these days I am asked to build complex custom guitars, more than that I am being asked to build instruments with three or four separate pickup systems, with on-board effects units and tremolo systems that are increasingly complex; this is very likely my own fault, I do like to say that I…
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