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    Just to say the guitar is even more perfect for me than I could have dreamed, it just fits my style of playing beautifully. Gets better and better as I play it, I think it has been travelling all these years just trying to find me...and ended up almost sat on my doorstep!

    Barry, Bucks, UK

    Martin Acoustic OM-28-VR

    I'm really crazy about this Les Paul. All that history in our hands. It was a great moment to play her for the first time yesterday. Thanks so much. I looooooooove her :))

    Patrick, Lyon, France

    Gibson Les Paul 1952

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  • Guitar Setups – getting your guitar in shape

    Guitar Setups and getting your guitar playing at it’s best

    Guitar setupsWe get asked a lot of questions here at JGG about guitar setups and whether a vintage guitar has a good action, decent frets and working electronics etc.

    All our guitars go through a complete professional setup before we put them on the site, and we always recommend that you keep your instruments in good shape by occasionally doing the same yourself.

    Vintage instruments are by their very nature a product of the period in which they were built and having a reliable (and experienced) guitar technician is essential to keep them in good working order.

    Some players like to work on their own guitars of course, but you need to have real expertise to do this and we would recommend that unless you are experienced in this way, finding a good reliable guitar tech is the way to go.

    So what can a good guitar tech achieve with your prized instrument? Well firstly you can get the guitar playing the way YOU want it to, if you have a tech who is willing to talk with you about your specific requirements. Before you do this, it’s worth thinking about what you want to achieve with the instrument.

    Do you want light,medium or heavy strings? Do you want a low or a medium action (string height above the frets) Are you mostly a chordal player for example or will you be soloing a lot? How hard do you hit the strings? All these factors can effect how a guitar is setup to suit your playing style

    Guitar SetupsWhat kind of music will you be playing is also worth considering, as for example slightly adjusting pickup heights can make a real difference in guitar tone and your perfect sound maybe be just a small adjustment away.

    Adjusting a truss rod correctly is also an important factor in getting a guitar playing well and this is definitely best left to an experienced technician. Even a quarter turn on a truss rod can dramatically effect it’s play-ability and if a neck is either too straight (no neck relief) or too curved (too much relief) then you could be in for serious playing issues.

    Have a look on the internet or in your local telephone directory for a nearby guitar tech. Alternatively ask around as to where all the other local players go with their instruments. You’ll be glad when you find a good tech and your guitar will certainly thank you too!


    Is it Original? Buying a Vintage Guitar Top FAQ

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    Vintage Guitar Buyer’s Guide – free!

    One of our great pleasures here at JGG is answering customer’s questions regarding vintage guitars.

    As we often get asked very similar questions on topics such as value, originality and how to really assess vintage guitars, we’ve decided to put together our very own vintage guitar buyers guide.

    We think it’s just what you might need in answering the most common queries and you can get it for free by contacting us with the form below.

    Answers to Top Questions when buying a vintage guitar

    • Is it original?
    • Playability vs originality
    • Checking the sound acoustically
    • Gibson, Guild, Gretsch, Epiphone or Fender?
    • How much?

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