DIY Workshop

DIY Workshop: Restoring Chris Buck’s house-clearance Stratocaster

Finding a bargain-priced 1962 Stratocaster at a local auction sounds like a fairytale, but this guitar needed a lot of work.

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.

DIY Workshop: Easy pickup mods anyone can try, part two

After covering humbucker and P-90 mods last time around, this time we take a look at how you can improve the tone of classic Fender and Gretsch-style pickups.

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

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

DIY Workshop: Easy and affordable humbucker and P-90 pickup mods

Unhappy with your tone? Before you throw money at the problem and install a new set of pickups, try these simple modifications first. You may find your existing pickups can be tweaked to sound better than you’d ever imagined.

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.

DIY Workshop: How to spray a 1950s-style cherry sunburst finish

Nothing beats the look of a late 1950s Les Paul Standard. Find out how to mix your own colours and spray your own sunburst using period-correct materials – and the best thing is you don’t even need specialist equipment.

Tech Talk: How to shield your guitar

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

How to set up Filter’Tron pickups

To get the best from Filter’Trons, you need to set them up properly and ensure that the accompanying electronic components are present and correct.

DIY Workshop: Build your own Klone pedal

On lockdown and looking for a DIY project to keep you sane? Why not try building a clone of the legendary Klon Centaur with a Centura kit from Ceriatone.
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