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LOCKED & LOADED...Which Are the Best Strap Locks?

LOCKED & LOADED...Which Are the Best Strap Locks?

dunlop strap locks

If you gig with your guitar or rehearse, or even just use a strap at any time, it's worth investing in a set of strap locks. There's nothing worse than seeing your baby fall to the ground in front of your eyes...Nooooo! 

Everyone knows about Schaller and Dunlop strap locks. They are the two big locking systems out there. Schallers can be great, but personally I've had them fail before.

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Schaller strap pins sometimes get worn...


5 Ways to Save Money Selling on eBay

5 Ways to Save Money Selling on eBay

For some of us, eBay is a necessary evil. We may not like dealing with them, but they are nearly a monopoly, so if you want to sell something, especially something used, eBay is still going to get you more exposure than most other online outlets. That said, how can you keep as much of your own money and not pay it to them? I thought I'd jot down a few things I've figured out.

1) Open an eBay store. Most people pay 10% in selling fees every time they sell something on eBay. But did you know if...


SWEET SMELL...Remove Odor from a Guitar or Case

SWEET SMELL...Remove Odor from a Guitar or Case

gibson hard case

Most of us at some point have bought a used guitar only to find the guitar and/or case smells horrible. Sometimes it's smoke, sometimes mold/mildew. There are a million ideas on how to remove these smells. Some of the suggestions here I've tried, some I've found on forums, so do your own research!

First, the natural ones: Leave the case outside in the sun for a few days. Or leave a fan blowing directly at it to circulate air over it. Keep in mind some smells will take TIME...


THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar

THERE IN ONE PIECE...How to Pack a Guitar

fragile sticker how to pack a guitar

Even if you don't sell guitars for a living, there's a good chance at some point you'll need to ship a guitar--and you'll want it to arrive at its destination in the same condition it left. I've been shipping guitars almost daily for more than 15 years and have learned a few things along the way. The tips below mostly apply to a solid body electric. Acoustics are a little different.

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STRANGER THAN FICTION...Leo Fender Was the Last Guy You'd Expect

STRANGER THAN FICTION...Leo Fender Was the Last Guy You'd Expect

So it's Leo Fender's birthday, the much beloved late inventor of the Telecaster, Stratocaster, and many other music icons. I've been playing guitar for nigh on 40 years and I only recently learned that Leo never really played guitar himself. I guess I just assumed...The guy was really more an innovator, an inventor--and actually started out as a bean counter...

He went to school in Fullerton, Ca, and studied accounting, and then went and did accounting for several companies, but after the depression and losing a job he fell into his early love of tinkering with...