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American Elite Stratocaster
Electric Guitars, Tech Talk March 11, 2016

Tech Talk: The American Elite Compound Profile Neck

One of the most talked-about features of the Fender American Elite series is the neck, which has a 9.5”-14” compound-radius…

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Keith Wyatt
Electric Guitars, How-Tos, Tech Talk July 6, 2015

5 Great Beginner Blues Lessons

Los Angeles-based guitarist and instructor Keith Wyatt has been teaching students since 1978, serving time as the Vice President of…

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Tech Talk
Bass Guitars, Electric Guitars, Tech Talk February 1, 2015

Coil Splitting and Coil Tapping

Occasionally when electric guitar shopping, you’ll run across models that have something called “coil splitting” and “coil tapping.” What do…

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Bass Guitars, Electric Guitars, Tech Talk January 25, 2015

Tech Talk: Ash and Alder

When you’re looking over the specs of a Fender electric guitar or bass, one of the first things you’ll see…

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10 FAQ About Learning Guitar
Acoustics, Electric Guitars, How-Tos, Tech Talk November 20, 2014

10 FAQ About Learning Guitar

Interested in picking up your first guitar? If you’re reading this article, you’ve already taken the first step in beginning…

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Electric Guitars, Tech Talk October 8, 2014

What is a “Skunk Stripe”?

One of the more charmingly nicknamed elements of Fender electric instrument anatomy is the so-called “skunk stripe.” In guitar terminology,…

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This page detail from a late-1980s Fender Frontline magazine shows a neck with a Bi-Flex truss rod in truncated cross section. The adjustment mechanism is near the nut at far right; the other end of the rod is anchored at far left. At center, note how close the rod comes to the back of the neck at its lowest point, and the interior retainer mechanism beneath the seventh-fret fingerboard inlay that holds the rod in place and helps distribute its mechanical force.
Electric Guitars, Tech Talk August 26, 2014

The Bi-Flex™ Truss Rod

What exactly is the Bi-Flex truss rod, and what does it do? Do all Fender guitars have it? Do Fender…

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Switching to a new string type is a quick and easy way to change your tone.
Electric Guitars, How-Tos, Tech Talk June 26, 2014

Five Ways to Improve Your Electric Guitar Tone

Switching to a new string type is a quick and easy way to change your tone. We all want perfect…

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