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How Do I Perform My Own Maintenance and Upgrades to My Acoustic Guitar?

If you play guitar all the time you know that the daily wear and tear will eventually lead to you needing to replace parts on your guitar. The most common repair is for new strings, which stretch and break over time, and straps and their attachments eventually wear out. If you are a new student of the guitar, you might be starting out on a used instrument that needs some tlc before you can play it properly.

What Are Some of the Most Common Replacements?

For every day repairs like broken strings to more serious break like the guitar neck, you can usually find a suitable replacement part.

  • Strings, Bridge Pins, and Tuners -  The parts of the guitar that you do the most with every time you play your acoustic guitar are the string, which you tune by turning the tuners, which stay in place on the bridge via the bridge pins. Broken strings are going to be your most common replacement. You can also find replacement bridge pins or even nicer ebony bridge pins.
  • Bridge, SaddleGuitar Neck, and Truss Rod -Sometimes a larger part will wear out or break off. As long as the main body has not cracked, you can find all of these replacement parts online.

Are There Parts for Converting My Acoustic Guitar to Electric?

You can make any acoustic instrument compatible with electric speakers by clipping a microphone to it, but if you are up for a more challenging DIY project and want to have an instrument with its own amplification and better sound, you can install a preamp and pickup on the guitar yourself.  The price of an amplification equipment would be far less than buying a second guitar.

  • Pre-Amp - a good basic preamp would have a 3-band equalizer, reverb, delay, and tuner.  You would cut into the side of your guitar and install it on the side where your dominant hand can operate it. A second hole is cut at the bottom for your out-put jack and battery holder.
  • Pickup - Pickups go in a lot of locations on your guitar. This piece of technology picks up the sound vibrations of your guitar and translates them into an electrical signal.
  • Clip-on Microphone - This is the easiest route, especially if you are nervous about cutting into your own guitar or you have a classic that you just don't want to mess with. Get a wireless clip on mic that can send the audio signal to your amplifier if all you want is to boost your sound.

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