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Which tremolo is right for your guitar?

Posted by Kevin on 6th Nov 2018

Which tremolo is right for your guitar?
One of our most frequently asked questions is “Will this tremolo fit my guitar?”. This video talks you through some of the tremolos we have on offer here at Northwest Guitars and their compatibility with various brands and models of guitars.Grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy! … read more

Fezz Parka Tone Blend Wiring Mod Tutorial

18th Nov 2017

Fezz Parka Tone Blend Wiring Mod Tutorial
This wiring harness offers a unique and simple way to achieve multiple Strat pickup configurations and tones without drilling holes for switches and push pull pots. It uses a custom made CTS Blender Pot that acts as a True Bypass in the circuit when turned completely clockwise. A regular pot wouldn’t work for this application because you would still hear the other pickup bleed through. Here’s how it works:Dial-in your perfect tone A Standard 5-Way Strat has 1 volume and 2 tones. The Blender wiring has 1 volume, 1 master tone, and a Blender pot. In the ne … read more

Installing a Stratocaster Neck

Posted by Kevin Grey on 18th Nov 2017

Installing a Stratocaster Neck
One of our most frequently asked questions is "If I buy a neck and body from you, can you pre-drill and mount the neck for me"? Unfortunately this is not a service we can currently offer, but we have put together a short video to show any potential builders how we go about it. This video is part of a series of videos we recently put up on our Youtube channel showing a complete Stratocaster build from start to finish. You can find the complete video series hereWe hope this helps, but if you have any questions please email us at sales@northwestgu … read more

Playing for more than your supper: Part 2

Posted by Paul Orridge on 18th Nov 2017

Playing for more than your supper: Part 2
In part one of this article, we looked at how difficult it can be to earn a reasonable fee as a musician and how much the Musician’s Union suggest musicians charge for their services. In this the second part, we are going to provide you with a few tips on how ensure you get adequately rewarded for performing.One of the first things to consider is that musicians are often not very businesslike and find it difficult to negotiate. However, assuming that you don’t have a manager or agent, there is often someone in a band who is better suited to this role. In … read more

Playing for more than your supper: Part 1

Posted by Paul Orridge on 18th Nov 2017

Playing for more than your supper: Part 1
“You’re a great band but I can’t afford to pay you”Do these words sounds familiar to you? If you’re a musician for long enough, you are highly likely to be asked to play for free or even perhaps pay to play. Although we may consider ourselves to be artists, we are in fact part of the service sector because we produce intangible goods, i.e. music. Would anyone ask those working in other aspects of the service sector, such as transportation, technical and scientific services, and health care, to provide their services for free? Can you imagine asking a hau … read more