Take Inventory and Clean House!

Photo by Roadside Guitars

Identify The Problem and Fix It!

For the past few weeks, I’ve been going over my guitar rig to get it all fixed up and ready for an upcoming tour. As I was soldering wires, velcro-ing pedals down, and getting all of the buzzes out of my axe after a good restring, I realized how much the preparation of the gear is much like the preparation of the player.

Life’s Like A Box Of… Screwdrivers?

Much like our gear, sometimes things get a bit tweaked, misaligned, and ultimately out of tune. Sometimes we just need to take out a screwdriver and see what’s going on for ourselves. For example, I fixed a Wah pedal just by looking inside and finding a little piece of cardboard misaligned. When you think about it, that was kinda like learning a solo then checking it against the music to tweak it back to perfection. I also re-wired an electrical plug. This was something that I hadn’t done before, but I looked at it, figured out how to make the repair and fixed it (without causing a fire too!). That was much like when you listen to a song and want to learn it but you think you can’t play it. Once you try and realize you can, then you have the power in your hands!

  • Hey SVH! Glad you didn’t start a fire man!! Great tips dawg…now I’m inspired to fix my amps power chord, it has a short somewhere, I can usually get it to power on by moving it around for a while but it would be amazing if it fired up on the first try!!! LOL

  • SVH

    Thanks bro! Now that touring season is in full effect I’m finding inspiration in all the new experiences I’m enjoying and it’s been paralleled in my writing. I am also really cheap and rather spend 2hrs and $10 fixing a 20 year old peace of gear than spend 5 minutes and $75 at the Geetar Center! haha

    Thanks for the props!


  • Dee Dawg

    If you take some of that purple or gray waffle sound reduction foam and top your bench with it, and cut a hole through the neck rest, – you end up with a work bench which holds the guitar securely and does not allow, dust, metal, screws, splinters, sand grit or wires to scratch the back of you guitar.

  • ToddSchu

    Thank you Scott for the post. I have been in a funk for a while now. I like lists, and yours is perfect. I keep hitting a wall with my playing, and need to get past it. I’m glad I found the site and feel some change on the horizon.

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