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Artist Guitars currently sells in Four Countries, AU, NZ, USA, and UK Because of this, we make different versions of all Artist Branded electronics. For example, Our EDK260 Kit Comes supplied in each country with an adapter that is made for your local market. This is one of the reasons we can't ship Items from Australia Internationally, as they are not made for the local market.... Read more

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A lot of people are confused about what the different acoustic guitar woods are, and what they do. When I first started working in guitars (It doesn’t seem that long ago but it’s close to 30 years now) I had no idea what the different woods were for acoustic guitars and what the differences actually did. I’m going to distil some of the information I have learnt over... Read more

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Why you shouldn't change the strings on your classical guitar from nylon to steel. A lot of people think that you can change the strings on your classical guitar from nylon to steel, and on your steel string guitar, from steel to nylon, but today we're going to explain to you the four reasons why you shouldn't do this: Too much string tension No truss ro... Read more

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The following is an interview with our founder, Ian Bush, answering some Commonly Asked Questions. Where Are Artist Guitars Made? Are they Made in Australia? Which Factories do you use? We have more than 20 factories, and it varies. We have lots of different sub-factories that we might use to make our pickups or our hardware. But we have over 20 factories pretty much at... Read more

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Much like changing a guitar string, changing your drum heads will liven up the sound of your drums making them come alive again. Where guitar strings should be changed every 2 – 4 weeks (or every show for most professional players), drum heads need only be changed 2 – 4 times a year, depending on how much you play. Generally speaking, your snare drum cops the most punishment, so it should be ch... Read more

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The Pocket Port is a very small and easy to use USB Audio Interface. DO NOT be fooled though by its size as it is a professional USB Audio Interface specially designed for guitar recording. Boasting 24-bit resolution at 192 kHz sample rate, it allows you to have high quality music recording. Below is a guide on how to install the Nux Pocket Port and use it on your PC or Mac ... Read more

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Many people who have grown up, listening to heavy music in the last 20 years have come to know the 7-String Guitar as synonymous with the low chugging riffs of Korn’s - James ‘Munky’ Schaffer and Brian ‘Head’ Welch. This sound extended into the genre we came to know as Nu-Metal. The guitar in this style of music was known for its intensity and low heaviness but not always for its complexity. Fo... Read more

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What is a balanced signal? A balanced signal is when you have 2 copies of the same signal but one is phase reversed. This is used to remove noise from your signal because when the 2 phase reversed signals are switched back in phase, any noise picked up by the cable is phase reversed - effectively cutting in out completely (It's really ingenious when you think about it). ... Read more

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A Capo (short for capotasto, meaning "head of the neck") is a small device that clamps to the neck of your guitar to allow you to quickly and easily change the key of the guitar. For example, by clamping a capo onto the 2nd fret of the fretboard, you can rai... Read more

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5 Simple Steps to Adjust Your Pickup Height The purpose of adjusting the pickup height of your guitar is to try and achieve the BEST tone possible. If your pickups are set too low your tone may sound thinner/ have a lower output than desired. If your pickups are too high, they may not be picking up the sound to the best of their abi... Read more

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How to perform a complete setup on a Floyd rose, including changing your strings. Floyd Rose tremolos are one of the most complicated bridge setups Available today. Floyd roses are what is known as a “Floating bridge”. What this means is that tension on the bridge is held by strings on the top and springs on the rear. These types of bridges are great for the ability to dive bo... Read more

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What adjustments do acoustic guitars have? Usually? Not much . When it comes to set up, the only thing you can usually do is to adjust the truss rod, without major modifications to the saddle and nut. Let's talk about that and go through it. Tune your Guitar This is always the first step, no matter what. Get your guitar in tune, and s... Read more

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So we have all been there. you’re at a friend’s house and they have a guitar and it’s terribly out of tune - but they don’t have a tuner. What can you do? Tune with harmonics ! So what is the best way to tune a guitar using harmonics and how does it all work? I learnt this great little trick about 20 years ago, one of the guys... Read more

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1. No Need to Rush into it! Limit your goals to what you want to achieve. You run the risk of becoming overwhelmed if you try to take on too much. Pick a few good exercises or a song you want to learn and focus on this. Say you want to learn a particular song. Spend the first session learning the finger positions of the chords. Next time come back and practice changing bet... Read more

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How to fix an earth Loop! Electronic equipment is earthed (or grounded) to prevent serious injury to the user if the equipment fails. Earth loops (or ground loops) are caused when you have m... Read more

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Whats a Truss Rod? A Truss Rod is a long metal rod that runs the length of the guitar neck. It anchors at each end so that when you tighten or loosen the nut on one end it will straighten or bow the neck of the guitar, changing the distance between the frets and the strings. From time to time you may need to make adjustments to your guitar to straighten your neck. If... Read more

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How do I setup a mandolin? Your mandolin setup is critical to the note accuracy and enjoying the playability of your instrument. The setup of the mandolin depends on your preference, however, no matter how you like your action, there are sev... Read more

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What should I think about as a lefty? This is a subject which a lot of people have an opinion on. honestly? there is no right or wrong answer. the best way is to decide what is right for you. As any serious guitar player will tell you, the hand that does most of the work is the left hand (the hand pressing down on the frets), but for all us right-handed pla... Read more

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Just what is a locking tuner? Locking tuners are tuners which have a pin or retaining mechanism that locks the string in place and prevents your string from coming loose. These types of tuners are usually adjusted by tightening or loosening a knob on the back of the headstock. Something that a lot of people miss though is the fact that using locking tuners saves you from the trouble... Read more

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Tuning a 12-string guitar is a little more complicated than a regular 6 string. There are twice as many strings and a lot more tension on the guitar. You may find you'll need to tune it a few times over before you get it right because, by the time you finish the first round of tuning, the tension... Read more

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You've just broken into the gigging scene after lots of practice and tryouts. That big gig is coming up so you change your strings. you start your first song but somethings wrong. The guitars out of tune. how? is the guitar low quality? maybe the new strings are bad? You tune it again. halfway through the next song, it's out AGAIN? what is going on? Maybe, Something went wro... Read more

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How to stretch the strings on your guitar to help it stay in tune, and why! Stretching your strings is really important for correct tuning stability. Let me explain how it works, why you want it, and how to do it. Okay, what is it? Stretching your strings is the act of pulling on your strings to even out any imbalances of... Read more

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So a lot of people think that you can change the strings on your classical guitar from nylon to steel, and the strings on your steel-string guitar from steel to nylon. But today I'm going to explain to you the 4 reasons why you shouldn't do this. 1. String Tension The first reason is string tension. On your typical classical guitar, you have a string tension of about... Read more

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Why Do I Need A Guitar Stand? You've bought a guitar from us, and if you're a beginner, it probably came with a gig bag, spare strings, some picks, and a strap. So why do you need a guitar stand as well? There are three broad reasons to buy a guitar stand: protection, convenience and display. This blog post will address these as well as how to choose the best guitar stand... Read more

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