Michael James Adams

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.

Tech Talk: How to shield your guitar

Is your single-coil electric plagued by noise? We can help.

Tech Talk: How to fix loose-fitting tuner bushings

Find out how an improvised solution can remedy a frustrating tuner-bushing issue.

Up close with Joe Perry and Brad Whitford’s Aerosmith live rigs

Aerosmith’s Vegas residency has given Joe Perry and Brad Whitford the opportunity to experiment with their smorgasbord of gear. We talk to their guitar techs to find out about the special sauce.