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STRING BUZZ

Posted in Ask Ray, Lessons    //    Post Date - October 9, 2017

In this article, Ray Carlton tackles the topic of string buzz. Buzzing Strings – The article refers to both guitars and basses. I don’t specifically mention basses throughout the article but they suffer the same issues that plague guitars. Guitars and basses are built to resonate. Strings oscillate to and…

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GUIDE TO BUYING A NEW GUITAR

Posted in Ask Ray    //    Post Date - August 2, 2017

It’s timely being Melbourne Guitar Show week that Ray Carlton has chosen to guide us through the journey of purchasing a new guitar! Over to you Ray! Before buying it is worth working through a few questions which can be a useful in achieving a positive outcome. Best to avoid…

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TOP MODS FOR CHEAP GUITARS

Posted in Ask Ray, Lessons    //    Post Date - July 7, 2017

Top mods for cheap guitars A lot of great players I see in my workshop use cheap and cheerful HotRodded Asian guitars. The main advantages are low initial cost and availability of a vast array of aftermarket replacement hardware. Guitars based on classic designs [copies] are ideal for modification. Substandard…

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Fender USA Deluxe Strat 2 Point Trem Vs 6 screw

Posted in Ask Ray    //    Post Date - June 23, 2017

Q: I have a Fender USA Deluxe Strat. It has the newer 2 point trem, whereas my older strat has a 6 screw.  Both have been professionally setup, but the older one holds its tuning better. With a floating bridge, and using the guitar for vibrato, the 2 point keeps…

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ASK RAY: WHAT’S THE BEST TONEWOOD FOR MY NEW ELECTRIC GUITAR?

Posted in Ask Ray    //    Post Date - June 20, 2017

Welcome to a new Australian Musician series we’re calling ASK RAY, in which respected Melbourne guitar luthier and repairer Ray Carlton will discuss guitar-related topics and invite you, the reader to participate in the discussion, ask more questions and suggest other topics which Ray can cover. Here’s Ray’s first article…

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