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Cleaning and conditioning your fretboard is an important part of guitar maintenance that is rather easy to do. Cleaning your fretboard is an easy way to extend the life of your guitar and to breathe life into a beat-up old guitar. On a new guitar, if you notice any coloured marks on your fingers after playing, it could be that the fretboard just needs a good clean. We will walk through the step... Read more

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Button/Coin Battery Safety Info In December 2020, the Australian Government created new safety standards for consumer goods that contain button/coin batteries. In compliance with these new safety standards, we are updating the battery compartments on all Artist products and will no longer sell any non-compliant products provided by other companies. These safety stand... Read more

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How EDK's Work! Electronic Drum kits are comprised of a few different parts. Firstly, you have the metal frame. This is the base of the drum kit, and the start of the support structure for the drum kit. Next, you have the pads and cymbals. These pads are built to emulate how an acoustic drum feels. Next, you have the wiring harness, which transmits the signal from the pads and cymba... Read more

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Last January (2017), our very own Ian Bush was able to attend the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show. It is an annual gathering for those who buy and sell musical... Read more

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The Artist EDK range has the ability to send MIDI data either from a MIDI OUT port (edk260) or using USB (EDk822 and 924M). We’re here to dive a bit deeper into this and understand exactly what that means. The 822 and 924M both have a USB port. To get the MIDI data to your PC, you will need to use a USB type B cable, pictured below. ... Read more

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How to get a good metal tone - Metal Matt's opinion Getting a good metal tone is often quite counterintuitive. We are aiming for distorted tone that still sounds clear. The secret is high output, relatively low gain, and wide-open tone controls. This blog post will discuss gain stages, which you need to understand if you want to achieve a good metal sound. Where the... Read more

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There are a few different ways to tune your guitar. If you are looking for accuracy and to meet the actual pitch then you will need a tuner. But there are 2 other tricks to get your guitar to sound close to in tune if you don’t have access to a tuner. #1 - Tu... Read more

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The best way to troubleshoot your pedals Getting your first FX pedals setup can be a difficult process for a beginner. Unfortunately, there are many places a pedalboard or effects setup can fail. We want to help you to fix these problems, but if this g... Read more

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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... 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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