Guitar Research

General FAQs and information on guitar, bass, ukulele and other fretted instruments.

Magnetic Pickups
Magnetic pickups A magnetic pickup consists of a permanent magnet with a core of material like alnico or ceramic, wrapped with a coil of several thousand ...
Thu, 1 Oct, 2015 at 2:41 PM
SETTING UP YOUR GRAPH TECH LOCKING BRIDGE
Every player has had both the pleasure and pain of using a locking trem at one point or another! If you have ever wanted to change your string gauge or tuni...
Thu, 1 Oct, 2015 at 2:52 PM
NECK WOODS
Tonewoods can also have impart significant qualties to the neck. Understanding how each piece of the guitar comes together, and why each wood is used in eac...
Tue, 6 Oct, 2015 at 3:01 PM
FRETBOARD WOODS
Perhaps more significant than neck wood, the fretboard is the place your string launches from. It is the “bridge” on the other side. Fretboard differences a...
Tue, 6 Oct, 2015 at 3:05 PM
DIFFERENT WOODS, DIFFERENT TONES (PART 2)
Agathis: Agathis is a 'poor man's mahogany', related to the pine family of woods and grown in many Asian countries. It's cheap, easy to ...
Tue, 6 Oct, 2015 at 3:21 PM
THINKING OF MODIFYING YOUR PARKER FLY WITH THE GHOST SYSTEM?
Graph Tech's products are all created to be as easy as possible to install. Which means it is the ideal do-it-yourself project. As a DIY project, insta...
Fri, 9 Oct, 2015 at 7:36 AM
THE ACOUSTICS OF THE GUITAR - THE SCIENCE BEHIND ACOUSTIC GUITAR TONE.
What are the magical properties that make a quality guitar sound so spine-tingling good? When you strip away the tradition, the romance, and a little luthie...
Fri, 9 Oct, 2015 at 7:40 AM
HOW DOES INTONATION WORK?
Setting a guitar's intonation compensates for the fact that you have to stretch the string a little bit towards the fingerboard to fret a note. Just li...
Fri, 9 Oct, 2015 at 8:55 AM
WHY GUITAR STRINGS BREAK
There is never a good time to break a guitar string, especially when you're in the middle of a gig, so you can almost expect it to occur at this worst ...
Fri, 9 Oct, 2015 at 8:59 AM
HOW TO MEASURE A GUITAR NUT AND SADDLE
At Graph Tech, we offer over 250 different nut and saddle styles and sizes along with complete customization options for our OEM manufacturers. With so many...
Fri, 9 Oct, 2015 at 9:03 AM