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preferences. For example, if a player uses
heavy-gauge strings or has a heavy-handed
playing style, I leave intonation a few cents
flat on the lower three because they'll most
likely pull the strings sharp with strong
These things don't need to be done with
every change of strings but once every four
or five changes can keep an axe performing
at a high level and avoid time-consuming,
potentially expensive repairs. A check-up
once in a while never hurts!
Will Kelly is a guitarist, repairman, and the author of
How to Build Electric Guitars. He operates Hard Knocks
Guitars in Cary, North Carolina, where he has played
host to countless artists, instruments and amplifiers.
You can contact him at WillKelly@nc.rr.com.