Michael James Adams

Tech Talk: How to set pickup heights

Many players replace their pickups before they’ve even experimented with the way their heights are set. Knowing how to do this could save you some money and unlock some authentic shoegaze tones into the bargain.

Tech Talk: How to fit a Mastery Bridge to a Jaguar with a mute

Want to upgrade the bridge on your vintage-style Jag but maintain a functional mute? Let us be your guide…

Tech Talk: An emergency Christmas repair

Fixing a tiny guitar presents unique challenges.

Tech Talk: Preparing guitars for a cross-country move

Padding, packing and protection – how to ensure your prized guitars stay safe in a big move.

Tech Talk: How to fix a Jazzmaster vibrato

Vibrato making an annoying ‘clunk’ when the arm is depressed? Here’s how to fix it

Tech Talk: Jazzmaster tuner trouble

Changes in temperature and humidity can play havoc with guitars, from the fretboard to the tuners.

Tech Talk: Which offset vibrato should you choose, Mastery or Descendant?

The backbone of Fender's beloved Jazzmaster, the offset vibrato delivers a range of pitch as impressive as its ability to snap right back in tune. We take the deep dive.

How a box-set binge turned me into a guitar detective

Like many of us, Michael James Adams found himself watching a lot of TV in the last few months – and one episode of Veronica Mars inspired him to become our very own guitar Columbo.

Tech Talk: How to eliminate rough or sharp edges on tuner posts

Strings breaking at the tuner end? Here’s how to fix it.

Tech Talk: How to age a Bigsby tailpiece

Adding a shiny new vibrato to a guitar with vintage or relic’d hardware can spoil the aesthetic. Find out how to make it your brand-new Bigsby look like it has aged gracefully.