Michael James Adams

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.

Tech Talk: How to intonate your guitar

In the latest instalment of his column, Michael James Adams attempts to demystify the murky world of intonation.

Comedy star Jeff Garlin on why he’s serious about guitars

We visit the actor and comic at home in Los Angeles to find out about his biggest offscreen passions: guitars and music.

The Guitar Interview: Behind the scenes in Las Vegas with Aerosmith stars Joe Perry and Brad Whitford

Joe Perry and Brad Whitford know how to put on a show. We head to Las Vegas and go behind the scenes at Aerosmith’s Deuces Are Wild residency to find out what it’s like livin’ on the edge.