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Can You Use Pledge On A Guitar Neck?

Is your guitar neck dirty?  Looking for the best way to clean it and thinking about using Pledge?  Not sure if you should or not? Can you use pledge on a guitar neck? No.  Pledge or furniture polish is not made for guitar necks because of the silicone that it contains. This gets left behind […] The post Can You Use Pledge On A…

How Many Coats Of Tung Oil On Guitar Neck?

Are you in the process of refinishing your unfinished necks with tung oil? Not sure how many coats you need? How many coats of tung oil on guitar neck? For best results, the neck should be sanded and cleaned, then at least 3 coats of tung oil should be applied.  Allow enough time to dry […] The post How Many Coats Of Tung Oil…

Can You Over Tighten Guitar Strings? (Guitar String Tension)

Are you tuning up your guitar and thinking that you have over tightened the strings?  Or are you worried that you may over tighten them and what the consequences would be? Can you over tighten guitar strings? Yes, you can over tighten guitar strings. If the tension is too high the string will break. This […] The post Can You Over Tighten Guitar Strings?…

Do Guitar Strings Go Bad And How Long Do They Last?

Do you have a set of guitar strings that have been sitting in a drawer for awhile?  Not sure if they are still good to use? It’s a good question and the answer isn’t as simple as you might think.  Comparing new strings to old ones it can be hard to tell if they are […] The post Do Guitar Strings Go Bad And…

Are Expensive Guitar Strings Worth It? (Maybe?)

Are you shopping for new guitar strings but not sure if you should splurge on the more expensive sets out there? Are expensive guitar strings worth it? It depends.  Few things can make your guitar sound better than new strings, but they come with a price tag. There are factors to consider when deciding if […] The post Are Expensive Guitar Strings Worth It?…

Can You Use Hand Sanitizer To Clean Guitar Strings?

Are your guitar strings dirty and are you looking for the right thing to clean them?  Maybe you want to try hand sanitizer? Can you use hand sanitizer to clean guitar strings? No. Hand sanitizer is not the best thing you can use for cleaning your guitar strings. Hand sanitizer is usually around 60% alcohol, […] The post Can You Use Hand Sanitizer To…

Why Do Guitar Strings Go Sharp? (Proper Guitar Storage Tips)

Do you find that your guitar seems to go sharp after a short period of time? Want to know why? Why do guitar strings go sharp? Guitar strings go sharp due to environmental conditions.  When it cools down, guitar strings tend to get sharper, while when it warms up they get flatter. Similar changes can […] The post Why Do Guitar Strings Go Sharp?…

How Long Do Flatwound Guitar Strings Last?

Do you have flatwound strings on your guitar but think that they may need to be replaced? Not sure if this is the right time? How long do flatwound guitar strings last? A set of flatwound strings should last between 5 – 6 months.  But this time also depends on how often you play the […] The post How Long Do Flatwound Guitar Strings…

New Paper: Thinking beyond domestic water supply

The fourth paper from Dr. Raj GC’s dissertation was recently published in Water International. This paper explores a myriad of ways in which a multiple-use water services (MUS) approach to rural water provision could be incorporated into Nepal’s planning and governance systems. The first 50 downloads of the paper are fee (via this link). ABSTRACT […]

Why Lubricate A Guitar Nut? (And Easiest Way To Do It)

All guitar owners know that it’s important to regularly lubricate their guitar nut. There’s a lot of science and science-y stuff on the internet about why this is, but we’re going to break it down for you in layman terms. Why lubricate guitar nut? The main reason why you need to lubricate a guitar nut […] The post Why Lubricate A Guitar Nut? (And…

How Long Does A Guitar Nut Last? (Time For Replacement?)

Are you looking into whether or not you need to replace your guitar nut?  Not sure if it is time yet? How long does a guitar nut last? A guitar nut should last for many years – sometimes for the entire lifespan of the guitar.  In some cases, a guitar nut will last for at […] The post How Long Does A Guitar Nut…

Can You Get Blisters From Playing Guitar?

Are you starting to play guitar and wondering if guitar playing can cause blisters?  You may be surprised of the answer. Can you get blisters from playing guitar? The answer is yes, but it depends on the type of guitar. For example, playing a steel string acoustic guitar with light gauge strings may cause blisters […] The post Can You Get Blisters From Playing…

How Long For An Acoustic Guitar To Open Up?

Sometimes, an acoustic guitar does not come out of the box with the ideal sound like an electric guitar might.  It takes a little time to break in and “open up” How long for acoustic guitar to open up? It takes at least a couple years to break in an acoustic guitar before it sounds […] The post How Long For An Acoustic Guitar…

Does Pickguard Affect Sound Acoustic Guitar?

Most acoustic guitars have pickguards, but do you know what they do for your acoustic guitar tone?  Take a look below. Does pickguard affect sound acoustic guitar? Yes.  For me, I think that acoustic guitars sound better without a pickguard because they produce better sound. This is because the top of the guitar can vibrate […] The post Does Pickguard Affect Sound Acoustic Guitar?…

How Long Do Batteries Last In Acoustic Guitars?

Is your electro-acoustic guitar equipped with active pickups?  Maybe you are worried about how long the batteries last. How long do batteries last in acoustic guitars? On average, the batteries in an acoustic guitar will last around 100 hours.  But to be honest, it can vary depending on a number of factors. If we had […] The post How Long Do Batteries Last In…

How Much Does It Cost To Install A Pickup In An Acoustic Guitar?

It’s true you don’t need to buy expensive gear, but some acoustic guitars can make your playing sound much better. A pickup in your acoustic guitar is a device that helps amplify the sound of your instrument. It has many benefits that are difficult or impossible to achieve with no pick-up. So how much does […] The post How Much Does It Cost To…

SlideUpLift Launches Premium Google Slides Templates

SlideUpLift has made all of its top-selling presentation templates compatible with Google Slides. Now, you can not only access presentation templates in PowerPoint but also in Google Slides, both in 4 by 3 and 16 by 9 format. A bit of a background on g…

When Does A Guitar Need A Refret? (And How To Tell)

A guitar’s frets work like teeth on a saw, and when they become too worn out, the instrument becomes nearly impossible to play. But how long does that take?  Let’s see… When does a guitar need a refret? As a general rule of thumb, the guitar may need a refret when the height of the […] The post When Does A Guitar Need A…

Can You Take A Whammy Bar Off A Guitar?

Does you guitar have a tremolo arm or whammy bar that you don’t use a lot or at all? Maybe you just want to remove it. Can you take a whammy bar off a guitar? Yes.  It’s easy to remove a whammy bar.  Depending on the type of tremolo bridge you have on your guitar. […] The post Can You Take A Whammy Bar…

Can You Tune A Guitar With A Capo On?

Did you get yourself a guitar capo but not really sure what is the right way to tune your guitar – with or without the capo? Can you tune a guitar with a capo on? Yes, technically you can tune a guitar with a capo on. However, it’s not recommended as the only way to […] The post Can You Tune A Guitar With…

Why Are Guitar Pedals So Expensive?

Everyone wants to play guitar with high-quality effects, but the expansion of pedals has created a conundrum. No one wants to pick up their instrument and be unable to perform due to sub-par equipment.  But sometimes, guitar pedals are expensive! Why are guitar pedals so expensive? To answer this question, we’ll look at the market […] The post Why Are Guitar Pedals So Expensive?…

Can A Baritone Guitar Be Tuned To Standard?

Do you have a baritone guitar but want to tune it to standard? You may want to read this post. Can a baritone guitar be tuned to standard? Yes.  But, in order to tune a baritone guitar to E standard, you will need to change strings and your intonation to make it tune correctly. What […] The post Can A Baritone Guitar Be Tuned…

Are Alternate Tunings Bad For Your Guitar?

Some people might believe that alternate tunings are bad for your guitar, while others might find them beneficial. Are alternate tunings bad for your guitar? No, not at all.  Alternate tunings are not bad for your guitar. In fact, they can be rather beneficial to your guitar. The main concern is tension on your guitar […] The post Are Alternate Tunings Bad For Your…

Action Plan : The Missing link between Goals and Execution

Action planning is a crucial element of the execution process and facilitates proactive collaboration amongst teams on getting things done. Individuals and organizations can use action plans to attain the objectives that they set for themselves. The ac…

Learn How To Give A Great Performance Review To Your Employees

This article defines what is a performance review, explains how to write and present a successful employee performance review. If you work in management or as a supervisor, you may be required to write employee evaluations about workplace performance. …