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What is a Fingerboard Radius?

What is a Fingerboard Radius?

In a world where the specs of a guitar are combed over with a discerning eye, there is a long list of terms one must familiarize themselves with, a...
What's cool: The Fender American Professional II Guitars and Basses

What's cool: The Fender American Professional II Guitars and Basses

The American Professional II is available as a Stratocaster, Telecaster, and Jazzmaster for the electric guitar and the venerable Precision and Jazz models for the electric bass. These instruments are the next step in the evolutionary process of the American Professional Series with cool stuff to explore and discuss with every spec. So let us dive in and learn everything we need to know about the American Professional II Series!
Introducing Our Fender Custom Shop 69 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic!

Introducing Our Fender Custom Shop 69 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic!

We have decided to add another addition to the Music Gallery Family of Fender Custom Shop models with our new 1969 Stratocaster Journeyman Relic! We took our favorite CBS-era Strat from 1969 and had the Fender Custom Shop build them with some modern specs, hand-wound pickups, and a super light Journeyman Relic finish! Read on to learn all there is to know about this wonderful new addition to the Music Gallery Family!
A Plek Machine Refret with Before and After Pics

A Plek Machine Refret with Before and After Pics

In this Blog Post, I will run you through our refret process which includes having the fingerboard planed and frets level and crowned in our Plek Machine. You'll see before and after photo evidence how just how bad the neck was versus how it turned out. Our process is insanely quick and far more accurate than any job done by hand. So go ahead and click, why doncha, to literally see what the Plek Machine is capable of!
What is the Fender Custom Shop Handwound '69 Stratocaster Pickup Set

What is the Fender Custom Shop Handwound '69 Stratocaster Pickup Set

The Fender Custom Shop '69 Stratocaster Pickup Set is our best selling set of aftermarket pickups. Why? Jimi Hendrix, that's why! These pickups NAI...
The Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s Stratocaster Pickup Set

The Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s Stratocaster Pickup Set

The Fender Custom Shop Fat ‘50s Stratocaster Pickup Set has been one of our most ordered set for years! Using the earliest Strat pickups as the foundation for the Fat 50s, then adding some modern features like RWRP (or Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity) that allows for noiseless operation in positions 2 and 4, and hand beveling the staggered magnets for excellent balance across strings. The Enhanced Bass Response of the Fat 50s is something to behold! Never before has your Single Coil Loaded Strat sounded so beefy!
The Fender Custom Shop Hand-Wound Ancho Poblano Stratocaster Pickup Set

The Fender Custom Shop Hand-Wound Ancho Poblano Stratocaster Pickup Set

The Fender Custom Shop Handwound Ancho Poblano Stratocaster Pickup set is quickly becoming a favorite for players who prefer some heat from their single coil’s. The Ancho Poblano set is rooted deeply in Fender’s Vintage World with Alnico 3 Magnets in the neck and middle (the same magnets from the 1955 set) and Formvar wires while enamel coating on the bridge magnets and Alnico 5 magnets really turn up the heat! The Handwound Ancho’s took a classic Fender recipe and added some seriously smokey heat to the mix!
The Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele Pickup Set for Telecaster

The Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele Pickup Set for Telecaster

The Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele Pickup Set is our neck and neck favorite with the Nocaster Pickup set. The Twisted pickups are rooted in the vintage world but modernized with some sleek, under the hood design changes that have made this the favorite pickup of many Telecaster Players. 
The Fender Pure Vintage '65 Strat Pickup Set: Surf's up!

The Fender Pure Vintage '65 Strat Pickup Set: Surf's up!

The Fender Pure Vintage '65 Strat Pickup Set absolutely captures the sound of a timeless era in music history. From vintage bobbin construction to genuine original-era cloth wiring, all Fender Pure Vintage pickups are wound to precise specifications for authentic, traditional Fender tone and performance. So if you are looking to nail the Surf Sound of the mid-1960s in a Stratocaster, this is the pickup for you!
Swamp Ash as a Tonewood for Guitar

Swamp Ash as a Tonewood for Guitar

What is Swamp Ash? Technically, Swamp Ash is not a species of wood but a term for Ash that has grown along rivers, streams, creeks, bogs, and… swamps! Its roots are underneath the water table so the wood is super light. It is lighter weight than the Ash lumber produced by trees growing around less moisture. Us guitar guys and gals like it because it is lighter in weight than the stuff used for baseball bats and bowling pins. We mostly know it as a tonewood used for solid body Fender Guitars, though as of 2020, Fender is planning on slowing down the usage of this wood to help its resurgence.
Maple as a Tonewood for Guitar

Maple as a Tonewood for Guitar

This one time, my Strat fell out of an open gig bag on my concrete patio during loadout for a weekend of performances. After picking it and my jaw off the patio, I saw that it dinged up 2 frets but the fingerboard was totally fine. Had that been my Les Paul Custom I would have been taking it to Chip to work his Headstock Voodoo Magic! 
Spruce as a Tonewood for Guitar

Spruce as a Tonewood for Guitar

What is Spruce? Spruce is a widespread coniferous tree that has a distinctive conical shape and hanging cones, widely grown for timber, pulp, and Christmas trees. Part of the Picea Genus, along with 35 other species that carry 59 accepted names. Alright, see ya! Just kidding, I've got mad love for Spruce and lots more to say, hopefully, you find some of it helpful.