Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vintage Guitars Need TLC

After buying a vintage Hondo electric guitar last year - sight unseen from an auction - I was more than jazzed at the condition it was in. Although it was playable as is (of course it needed new guitar strings) I decided to take it to a repair shop to have the neck straightened and the bridge optimized.

The difference was amazing. A very slight buzz from the strings was removed and the strings were actually easier to press down. As a bonus, the guitar's looser touch actually sped up my play.

The upshot is vintage guitars can benefit from this type of tuneup. A little TLC can definitely improve play and the work wasn't expensive at all compared to the coolness of rocking a vintage.